Imagine a floral option for your bridesmaids that's at once elegant, chic, and completely hand's free—and yes, this means tossing even the most minimalist arrangement ideas out the window. Instead of a hand-held bundle of blooms, more and more brides are asking their bridesmaids to wear floral corsages on the big day. "I'm a great believer in corsages and have been for years," says Elena Seegers, floral designer and co-founder of Le Fleuriste. "Holding a bouquet is impractical for the bridal party; they get bashed around during the ceremony and then forgotten the moment they can be put down."
While most brides-to-be understand what a floral corsage is in context of the mothers of the bride and groom, fewer seem to know that their 'maids can wear them, too. If you like the idea of ditching the additional bouquets but aren't sure how to make the floral corsage trend work on your attendants, Seegers has a few tips that will help.
Think about placement and scale.
Seegers stresses that these two factors are key in ensuring the corsage trend looks great on your girls. Instead of a traditional wrist corsage, the pro urges you to consider something different. "I think the corsage should be worn on the shoulder or chest, not on the wrist," she says. "Secondly, go for scale! Don't make it a boutonnière. It should be larger, bolder, and an integral part of their looks."
Choose your flowers carefully.
"Some flowers sit flatter than others, some are easier to manipulate, and some just can't be out of the water for that long," Seegers notes. That's why it's important to choose flowers that will give you the look you want but that will also hold up well throughout the day. "That said, when the stems are properly wrapped, and the flowers have been well prepared and are of quality, it shouldn't be an issue," Seegers adds.
Make sure each corsage is properly affixed.
Depending on the blooms you choose, the corsages may be top heavy. Using multiple pins to fasten the corsage to your 'maids gowns helps to more evenly distribute its weight. "You don't want it to pull on the dress," says Seegers.
Look for inspiration everywhere.
"Choosing flowers from the bride's bouquet is a classic, safe route," says Seegers, but she also likes the idea of using similar blooms in contrasting colors. Another good ideas is to pick up other colors from the wedding. "Corsages are begging to be the next flower crown," the pro adds. "Any flower can work from a single large lily to a whole posey of ranunculus—there's no limit to what can be done."