Wrist Corsages An Emerging Bridal Trend

Wrist Corsages: An Emerging Bridal Trend

Wrist corsages may bring back memories of senior prom, but this year’s bridal corsages show more versatility than the typical rose or orchid of your high school days. A wrist corsage is an attractive way to incorporate fresh flowers into a bridesmaid’s outfit without detracting from an already-busy bodice area.

If you love your wrist corsage enough, you can even use it as an alternative to a traditional bridal bouquet. After all, when you incorporate your bouquet into your wedding-day ensemble, you leave your hands free for more important things–like dabbing away tears of joy.

Choose an Attractive Wristband

The charm of the wrist corsage resides in more than just the flower. Look for wrist corsages that incorporate attractive bracelets for an added touch of class. Ask your florist whether you can supply the wrist jewelry for the corsages to be sculpted around. If you’re making DIY wrist corsages, you can use any bracelets you like as the basis for your flowers. Single strands of pearls or gemstones are popular options, as are delicate metal cuffs.

Select Your Ideal Flowers

There are a few schools of thought when it comes to sculpting the perfect wrist corsage. Some people prefer the look of a large central flower, such as a bold peony, secured to the wrist with a few ribbons. Other people prefer a cluster of small, delicate flowers, such as miniature rosebuds. Some people like to incorporate sprigs of baby’s breath or small ferns as accents, while others augment the corsage with lace ruffles, beads, and sprays of pearls.

Coordinate Your Corsage

When choosing the style of corsage that best suits you, take into account your entire look. Everything from your hairstyle to your type of shoes determines what kind of wrist corsage looks best with your outfit. For dresses with sleek, simple lines, look for corsage styles that won’t compete for attention. A single red rose or a cluster of small, delicate flowers harmonizes nicely with a sheath or A-line dress.

For dresses with eye-catching elements of their own, such as intricate lacing, embroidery, or layers of tulle, the perfect wrist corsage is something bold enough to hold its own–yet simple enough to avoid a cluttered look. Try a single dahlia in one of your wedding colors.

Long wedding dresses can balance more ornate wrist corsages, so if you’re wearing a sweeping gown with a chapel-length veil, don’t skimp on the layers of corsage ribbon and lace. You can wear a sweep of orchids or even wisteria with a long, traditional wedding dress.

Short dresses, on the other hand, require less formal corsages. Look for fun, flirty corsages with small, brightly colored blooms. Rosebuds, colored daisies, gardenias, and sprigs of pink or blue hydrangea are perfect choices.

Explore Non-Floral Options

Not all corsages involve flowers. Non-floral bouquets are a swiftly-growing trend among brides who want to keep their wedding memories perfectly preserved. Unlike flowers that wilt when the day is through, corsages made of feathers, buttons, or other attractive accessories keep their charm forever.

Incorporating non-floral elements into your corsage is a nice way to compromise. Arrange the ribbons and other accessories so that they will still look balanced even when the flower is removed. That way, you can preserve a smaller version of your wedding-day corsage.

Make a New Family Tradition

Although wrist corsages break from tradition slightly, they are still in keeping with the longstanding tradition of adorning the bride with flowers for her procession down the aisle. With many brides choosing floral decorations for their hair and accessories, it’s only a small step to replacing a bulky bouquet with a floral arrangement that keeps the bride’s hands free.

Even if you use a wrist corsage in place of a handheld bouquet, you don’t have to forgo the bouquet toss. This fun tradition can be done with any style of bouquet. Simply remove the corsage from your wrist and toss it as you would toss any bridal bouquet–if the wristband is elastic, you can even get playful and shoot it across the room. (The bridesmaids in the back of the group will thank you.)

Wrist corsages are gaining popularity because they allow the bride to wear her flowers while she says her vows, exchanges rings, and kisses her husband. After all, you put enough time and effort into choosing the perfect bridal bouquet–why give it to someone else to hold?


Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.