There are so many details that go into planning your wedding, and perhaps the smallest items on your wedding must-have list are corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom. Corsages may be small, but they are important. Carefully planned wedding flowers show care and attention to detail that your guests will truly appreciate. Wedding corsages are featured prominently in the photography from your big day, which will live on for years. Mothers of the bride and groom often save their corsages as pressed flowers or dry them for a shadow box. On your wedding day, mothers’ corsages make an elegant statement and emphasize the overall theme of your wedding. But most of all, corsages help express your gratitude and honor the most important women in your lives.
Traditionally, all of the wedding corsages and buttonhole set worn by honored guests were identical (except the groom’s boutonniere). But these days, brides are working with their wedding florists to create corsages that are appropriate to the wearer’s unique personality. Subtle changes from piece to piece add interest.
One great way to mix things up is to vary flower type from person to person. Perhaps the bride’s mother wears a rose corsage to match with her daughter’s bouquet. The groom’s mother might wear calla lilies if her son’s boutonniere features these flowers. The important thing is to keep a common theme running through all the flowers, such as a similar color or matching greenery.
Another nice idea is to incorporate your mother’s favorite flower into her corsage design. This detail will be subtle to the rest of your guests, but mean a lot to your mom. Make sure to ask your mother what she’ll be wearing before ordering her corsage. Although pin-on corsages are customary, a wristlet may be necessary due to the design or fabric of her dress.
Other Corsages to Consider
Corsages are a great way to recognize other honored guests who aren’t members of the wedding party. If you or your fiancé has a sister who won’t be part of the bridal party, a unique corsage can be a great way to make her feel special. Any female readers or ushers should have personal flowers as well. For younger women, have fun with different options like wrist, ankle, or hair flowers. Of course, grandmothers of the bride and groom and any beloved aunts should receive corsages, too. It’s always better to order an extra or two as a backup.