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Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2007

Wrist corsages aren't just for the prom -- these sophisticated ones work for weddings, too. Offer them to the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom instead of pinned flowers, which can leave prick marks on dresses. The corsages are also a modern, inexpensive alternative to bridesmaid bouquets. Give each girl a bloom of her own, such as a rose, gardenia, or orchid, and she's got a beautiful ornament she can wear not just during the ceremony, but also through the last dance. Corsages by Livia Cetti.

Wrist Corsage How-To
Elasticized ribbon, which comes in many styles and materials, ensures a snug and comfortable fit; choose ones that are 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch wide. Cut a 6-inch piece of 18 gauge floral wire with wire cutters. Wrap the wire with green floral tape. Bend wire in half, then bend back as shown, making two loops large enough to accommodate ribbon. Bend one end of wire up and over, passing between loops to separate. Cut a 12-inch length of ribbon, and thread through loops. Cut a flower's stem to 1 1/2 inches. Cover steam with floral tape; attach to wire beneath loops, wrapping with floral tape. Tie ribbon around wrist.

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