Corsages are made from an arrangement of flowers, foliage and ribbons for women to wear during formal occasions. It's customary to coordinate the colors of the corsage with the colors in the woman's dress. Corsages may be worn on the shoulder, wrist or handbag. They may also be handheld in the Victorian tradition of nosegays.
Sweetheart roses are any of several rose varieties with miniature blossoms. Polyantha roses are one type of miniature rose with compact blossoms growing to only 2 inches in diameter. Sweetheart roses may be used in a cluster arrangement for corsages, or in combination with other small flowers such as freesia, forget-me-knots or baby's breath.
A single Cattleya or Cymbidium orchid makes a striking corsage and lends an air of elegance to any occasion. Smaller orchids, such as Dendrobiums, work well as part of a corsage arrangement when paired with sweetheart roses or miniature carnations. Any variety of orchids with waxy petals will hold up well as part of a corsage. Surround the classic Cattleya with small Dendrobiums for a colorful wrist, shoulder or handbag corsage.
Alstroemeria lilies, also known as Peruvian lilies, are mini lilies available in a variety of colors including white, orange, pink, yellow, lavender, apricot, red and purple. Peruvian lilies are most often used in a cluster for corsages with accent greenery and ribbon.
Calla lilies are another classic type of flower used for corsages. The tubular shaped blossoms range in color from shades of pink, yellow, white and lavender. A simple grouping of up to three calla lily flowers, with or without foliage, makes a delicate, yet stunning corsage for any event.
Freesia is a flower commonly used for corsages as a grouping or in combination with other delicate blossoms. White freesias paired with white calla lilies are popular choices for wedding corsages, while pink, yellow, lavender, purple or red may be used in a corsage for a prom or other event. Freesias have a distinctively sweet fragrance which pairs well with roses.
Carnations and mini carnations are a favorite flower used for corsages as they are compact and available in a wide variety of colors. Baby's breath, rose-buds, freesias and calla lilies pair beautifully with an arrangement of mini carnations.
Baby's breath is traditionally used as a filler flower for corsages. The flowers are grouped in a spray of delicate and airy blossoms that are naturally white, but which may be tinted to suit the corsage décor.