How to Make Corsages and Boutonnieres Like a Pro: Videos and Examples

Pink Gerber Daisy Corsage

Planning a wedding or attending a prom? You’re likely to be involved in one of these activities in your lifetime. Even, if you manage to skip through life without the fuss and excitement of such events, you may be linked to someone who is. Weddings and proms are happy occasions and even though much planning is given to attire and activities, corsages and boutonnieres are up there—a must-have item on the list of things to get and have. Why so? Corsages and boutonnieres may seem insignificant—after all, they’re small little collection of flowers and leaves, sometimes, twigs and berries—do they even count at all? Ask any prom date or the wedding girl, and the chances are they will have it no other way—corsages and boutonnieres make the occasion, small as they are. They are like the icing on the cake, the trail of the bride’s dress or the smile on the groom’s face. The little things that count and sometimes, more than you know

 

Corsages are small bouquet of flowers and they can be worn on the wrist, around the neck, ankles, pin to the shoulder or even on the handbag. Their origin can be traced back to the Greek times, when it was customary, even necessary to wear corsages to dances. They believed that the sweet fragrances of the flowers can ward off evil spirits. Then, there was the “smart” aspect of wearing one—it helps to musk body odor since perfumes and air-conditioning were not readily available then (not to mention infrequent showers).

As you can see, what started off as a necessity has become a tradition and what a beautiful one. No wedding or prom will be the same without the festive graces of corsages and boutonnieres.

Come prom season and corsages and boutonnieres will take center-stage without fail. The boy will present the date with a corsage while the girl will offer the guy a boutonniere. The choice of flowers is generally chosen to match the color scheme and personal taste of the couple. Corsages and boutonnieres also make their ubiquitous presence on weddings. Usually the Best Man, fathers of the bride and groom, all ushers and anyone walking down the aisle (even the ring bearer) gets a boutonniere. The mothers of the bride and groom, even grandmothers are expected to wear corsages as well. That’s a neat way to set them apart from the rest of the wedding party.


Ordering corsages and boutonnieres from the florists or the local grocery stores can be expensive. Why not make them yourself? It’s quite easy and you can rope friends and family for this adventure in assembling them. Let’s get started:

Corsages

As mentioned, there are many kinds of corsages. Wrist corsages are popular and can be stunning when it matches the dress. I can explain it to you in a thousand words (definitely more) but why belabor the process? I’ve checked out a number of videos and picked one that does the job well.


Butonnieres

Boutonnieres are simpler to make and simplicity is the essence of this simple creation. Use one single flower or groups of three smaller flowers. Accent with leaves, jewels or wind up the stem with fancy ribbons. Here’s the video that explains it clearly:

After watching the video presentation, here are some useful pointers for beginners:

  • Choose flowers that will endure some handling and remain fresh until it is used. Orchids, especially cymbidium are long lasting. Other long-lasting flowers include Gerber daisy, carnations, dendrobium. Roses are favorites but be sure to pick those that are not fully open with petals tightly packed. In the summer, dahlias and sunflowers can make quite a statement with their bold whimsical look.
  • Choose fillers and other accent flowers or foliage to complement the main flower. They shouldn’t overpower—their job is to highlight, not steal the limelight. The glory belongs to the main flowers.
  • Ribbons used should be light and not too heavy.
  • It is good to work on a towel to prevent bruising the flowers.
  • Wiring everything that needs wiring before you assemble the corsage/boutonniere will save time.
  • Store corsages and boutonnieres in boxes in the fridge before use.


 Here are some examples of corsages and matching boutonniere I made over the weekend.

Salmon-colored Gerber Daisy with Mauve Ribbon Corsage and Boutonniere

My son, Aaron,  with his date, Lauren.
My son, Aaron, with his date, Lauren.
Lauren's corsage.
Lauren's corsage.
Matching Daisy Boutonniere.
Matching Daisy Boutonniere.
Leilani's cymbidium corsage with navy blue trimming.
Leilani's cymbidium corsage with navy blue trimming.

Cymbidium and rose boutonniere

This majestic yet delicate beauty is sturdy and will last long after the occasion. I use a navy blue ribbon to match the navy blue dress.
This majestic yet delicate beauty is sturdy and will last long after the occasion. I use a navy blue ribbon to match the navy blue dress. | Source

White Cymbidium and rose corsage

Matching corsage--three flowes and a couple of dainty roses.
Matching corsage--three flowes and a couple of dainty roses.

Coral Corsage

Tyler and Michelle, all smiles for the camera.
Tyler and Michelle, all smiles for the camera.

Tyler's Boutonniere

Michelle's pink Gerber Daisy corsage.
Michelle's pink Gerber Daisy corsage.

Hot Pink!

Ronnie and Jasmine spotting hot pink matching corsage and boutonniere.
Ronnie and Jasmine spotting hot pink matching corsage and boutonniere.
Pink rose with hot pink ribbon.
Pink rose with hot pink ribbon.
Real men wear pink?
Real men wear pink?

Gold and Earth-toned.

Cameron and Kyla rocking their golden and silver corsage and boutonniere.
Cameron and Kyla rocking their golden and silver corsage and boutonniere.
Delicate white roses paired with silver and golden ribbon with crystals.
Delicate white roses paired with silver and golden ribbon with crystals.
Matching boutonniere.
Matching boutonniere.
Kushaan and karen--from me to you.
Kushaan and karen--from me to you.

Basic Black and White

Black and White rules the night.
Black and White rules the night.

White Phalaenopsis

Soft as silk and rich as the dangling jewels.
Soft as silk and rich as the dangling jewels.

Other Flower Hubs by the same author:

Bridal Floral Arrangements: White and Yellow Wedding Flower Arrangements

How to Make Your Own Fresh Floral Christmas Centerpieces I: Easy and Cheap

How to Make Your Own Fresh Floral Christmas Centerpiece II: Easy and Cheap


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RTalloni profile image

RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

anglnwu, your work is delightful--both the hub and the floral work in the pictures. The corsages and boutonnieres are just beautiful. Thanks for great videos to help us think through the possibility of making them...or attempting to, anyway!

Voted up, and all but funny--we'll save that one for my examples. :)


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Ingenira 5 years ago

Oh, how I love these corsages and boutonnieres, they looked great with plain colour dress.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Anginwu, Your flowers are so beautiful. You are really an artist with thew corsages and boutonnieres. The pictures are just gorgeous. I remember how excited I was to get a corsage for the proms. Wonderful hub.


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

This is probably one of the most beautiful hubs that i have ever seen- thank you for the opportunity of reading it. I have voted up and will follow you, looking forward to some other ideas- I sure that you have loads.


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub with full of ideas. Pictures are fantastic.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi anginwu, what stunning photos, what you have created with these flowers is a work of art! I love Gerbers, bookmarked and voted up, thank you


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Nice tips and very helpful videos! The photos are very cute, too. Your son is a handsome young man. He probably got his look from his mom. ;)


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful. Very Creative. Your son is lovely too. I'm sure he got those looks from you - his beautiful Mum.

My oh my..... kids grow up so fast. :)


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Rtalloni, thanks for your lovely comment. Yes, watching the videos is the way to go. Looking forward to your examples.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Ingenira, good to see you. I agree plain dresses are best to show off the corsages.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Pamela, thanks for wonderful comments. Like you say, corsages make the day for the prom girl.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Caseworker, thanks for your beautiful comments. They make my day. See you around.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Katrinasui, always good to see you. Thanks for dropping by.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Movie Master, thanks for commenting. Gerber daisies are beautiful and long-lasting. The ones I bought last week are still looking good.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Om, so sweet of you to heap such beautiful comments on me. Always good to hear from you--have a great day--you deserve nothing less.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Lady E, thanks for the beautiful comments. Kids grow up too fast.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow... this was beautiful hub. I am glad to know this from you. My sister will love kind of this creations. Very creative and inspiring us. Well done, my friend. You got my vote. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Prasetio, you're very welcome. Your sister will enjoy making these. Have a great weekend as well.


Carmie 5 years ago

Angeline, Thank you so much for making those lovely corsage

for our kids. You're so creative ad talented. Wish i have that talent like you.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Carmie. Had fun making those corsags and boutonnieres.


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deflowers 4 years ago from Qingdao

Bride is more beautiful than flowers,hahaha...


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, deflowers, no brides here but there one hub where I did wedding flowers. Thanks for dropping by.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub with lots of beautiful examples and how-to videos.

Loved the pictures of the couples "modeling" their matching boutonnieres and corsages.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Happyboomernurse, good to see you here. Glad you liked the hub. I really enjoyed making them. Thanks for dropping by to comment.


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sraymond 3 years ago from Eastern CT

The corsages are beautiful!!! I've made a few very similar in style at the florist I work at. Great work!


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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

sraymond, glad you liked them. What a great job, working at the florist. Thanks.


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sraymond 3 years ago from Eastern CT

It certainly has its moments. I hope to write a Hub about how it's not all fun and games. I never realized how much hard work a floral designer really does until I started working as one four years ago! Busy busy!!


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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

sraymond, I agree, that's why I didn't want to go full-time into making flowers. I love the creative aspect of it but i know that churning out loads of them to meet the occasion may suck the fun out of it. Having said that, I love love love flowers. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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sanket shinde 2 years ago from INDIA

Its a great piece of writing and its beautiful too..good share!!


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anglnwu 23 months ago Author

Thanks, sanket shinde, for your positive comments.

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