The elegant orchid is a classic flower for a wedding, anniversary or prom corsage. The orchid can be an intimidating blossom at first for a florist or gardener to work with because of the exotic beauty. Stems and blossoms are easily wired and secured with floral tape to be incorporated into a corsage.
Orchids with petals that have a thick, wax-like texture and sturdy stems are the best for a corsage. The lighter, more delicate orchids will be bruised or torn at an event such as a wedding where people are hugging one another and crushing the corsage. The Cattleya orchid is the most widely used orchid for corsages. The Cattleya can be wired and taped as a single, featured blossom for a corsage. The Cymbidium orchid can be featured as the singular flower in an elegant corsage. The stem of the blossom is wired and taped to give it extra support. The single orchids are backed with optional puffs of netting, greenery and a corsage bow.
You can also incorporate orchids in a corsage of mixed flowers. One large Cattleya orchid or two to three smaller Dendrobiums should be the focus of the corsage. Smaller flowers such as sweetheart roses, miniature carnations, stephanotis can be attached with floral tape to the wired orchid stem. Each individual flower should be wired and taped. Shape and secure small flowers at the sides of the orchid blossom. Two or three Dendrobrium orchids will have an elegant appearance when paired with stephanotis blossoms in a wedding corsage.
Spray of Blossoms
A florist or crafting gardener can make corsages from a multi-blossom Dendrobrium orchid stem. Support the tip of the stem with wire and floral tape. Wired, tape and secure several more blossoms individually to the stem. The combination of Dendrobrium orchids and a large Cattleya orchid in a corsage will be a striking display with a fluffy satin ribbon bow.