As accessories for special occasions, wrist corsages provide the same charm and festive appeal as regular corsages. But when choosing which flowers to include, take into consideration the size of a wrist corsage. Because wrist corsages sit on the arm, they are usually smaller than other corsages and need smaller flowers; large orchids or calla lilies are not a good choice.
Miniature Flower Varieties
Many flowers that are used for traditional corsages, such as rose and orchids, are also available in smaller varieties in the same colors as regular-sized varieties. Small dendrobium orchids, which can be plucked from their long stems, are one choice. Miniature rose varieties recommended by Peter Schneider in "Roses" include "Olympic Gold," a yellow rose tinged with pink at the edges; "Starina," a bright, red rose that Schneider says is the most widely sold miniature in the world; and the aptly named "Snow Bride," with white petals in perfect proportion.
Choose flowers that naturally grow small, such as sweet-smelling freesias or small gardenias. The website Wedding Flowers and Reception Ideas recommends miniature gerbera daisies, a hardy flower available in a wide assortment of colors; spicy-scented, miniature carnations, which are also available in many colors; and stephanotis, which are dainty white star-shaped blossoms.
An assortment of rose buds is a frequent choice for a wrist corsage. Florists choose buds that are just beginning to open so the color and scent are still present. Regular-size rose buds can also be combined with miniature varieties to add interest and variety to the corsage.
Florists sometimes trim larger flowers to fit wrist corsages by removing layers of petals or, in some cases, removing all the petals and leaving only the flower center for its color or pattern. Try out the trim on your flower of choice before ordering a corsage because the process may change the shape of the flower itself.