A corsage is a flower or small group of flowers commonly worn on the wrist, but they can also be pinned on a dress or shirt. Traditionally, a corsage is given to a girl on the occasion of a prom or other such event. A corsage is similar to a boutonniere, which is worn pinned to a lapel or through a button hole on the jacket. Many beautiful flowers are used for a corsage. Determine the color of your date's dress before buying a corsage so the flower color complements the dress.
Roses are commonly used for corsages. The flowers are attractive, they hold up nicely without water long enough for an event, and they have a thick, sturdy stems making them easy to pin to attire. Most roses also work well when combined with other flowers. Roses come in many colors, so you are sure to find a shade that complements your partner's attire.
Orchids are often used for corsages due to their unusual shape and beauty. Orchids also bloom in myriad colors. Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium are common varieties of orchids used in corsages. Because orchids are not as easy to grow as some other flowers, these corsages can be more expensive.
Carnations are considered a traditional corsage flower, although they are not as romantic as roses. The sturdy stem and the variety of single- and double-colored blossoms makes the flowers a popular choice for corsages. Carnations will also stay fresh long after other flowers start to wilt.
The delicate, azalea-like flowers of Alstroemeria make them a common choice for a corsage flower. Alstroemeria bloom in many colors and blend with other flowers, often complementing a rose or even an orchid.
Wax flower is a common filler flower for corsages. A filler flower is a small flower meant to highlight and complement other flowers. Wax flower comes in shades of pink, white, red and purple. The flower stays fresh for long periods in a corsage.
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