What’s a Corsage?

For as far back as we can remember for occasions such as milestones birthdays, graduations, proms,   weddings and even baby showers there have been flowers involved. From table decorations to personal arrangements pinned to a shirt, or tied around a wrist to fresh flowers placed in an up-do or a flower crown on your head. But where did this floral tradition start? Why were people pinning fresh flowers to their clothing?

The word “corsage” is French and originally referred to the bodice portion of a formal dress. Women used to pin flowers to the bodices of their formal wear which was known as “bouquet de corsage”, quickly shortened to what we use today.

In ancient times, flowers were worn to special events in order to ward of any evil. Hence why weddings and special occasions became the main flower wearing events! Some even wore flowers to simply keep themselves safe. It is said that boutonnieres provide the same for men by warding off evil and preventing disease. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries many people would wear corsages and boutonnieres every day to stay healthy, but as time went on they became more common just for special events.

As more time went on, the placement of corsages changed from the bodice to a strap on a dress near the shoulder. The meaning of corsages also change and was less focused on warding off evil or preventing illnesses and became more of a luxury. When courting a lady, a gentlemen would give his date a corsage as a gift for attending an event or dance with him. This is more like what we know corsages to be for today.

The gentleman would show respect to his date’s parents by presenting a bouquet of flowers and usually would pin a flower from the bouquet to his date’s dress. This was meant to represent attachment to another person. Corsages were also given on holidays, and even birthdays to show love and appreciation.

More presently, corsages are still worn for many special occasions. However, fashions and styles continue to change and more ladies will wear a wrist corsage, flower crown, flower ring, or carry a bouquet instead of pinning anything to their beautiful (and expensive) dresses.

A cordage is meant to make someone stand out from others and signify that she is celebrating something very special. Some will even press and frame their corsages to hold on to special memories.

Corsages by Leigh Florist

Prom-posals

As we approach prom season, we thought it would be fun to see what the kids are doing to ask their potential dates to prom. Now more than ever, the prom-posers are going all out.

Customers have told us some really creative ways their dates have prom-posed to them.  Here are some of our favorites we found online:

  1. Cookies – Creating a unique batch of cookies is a really fun way to ask your date to prom. (You may need some help from a bakery or grandma?)

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  1. Balloons – Hang photos of you and your significant other from balloons – this is a nice way to reminisce about the times you have had together so far while also asking them if they would like to go to prom with you.

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  1. A firefighter prom-posal – If you work for the local fire company, you can have your fellow fireman escort you to your potential prom date’s house.  Imagine the look on their face as you pull up on a firetruck!

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  1. A candlelit prom-posal – Spell out “PROM?” With candles in the yard of driveway and ask your date to look outside! (We recommend on pavement as to not set the neighborhood on fire)

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  1. Fortune Cookie  Order Chinese food for dinner and create a custom fortune for your potential date, get sneaky and slip that fortune in the cookie bag when they aren’t looking. SURPRISE!

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The Rose

Roses are the national flower of England, and represented two important families in the 15th century. The Lancasters (red roses) and the Yorks (white roses) competed against each other for rule of England in The War of The Roses.

Williams Shakespeare, one of England’s greatest writers was inspired by the rose. Romeo and Juliet has one of the most well-known quotes on roses, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet is reminding Romeo it doesn’t matter that they come from feuding houses because their love is real.

The Rose is one on the most popular and easily recognized flower out there. Many people see them as a gift of love and affection. Well, they are correct, but did you know that different colors and groupings of roses symbolize different things?

A rose’s symbolism changes based on the color and the number of them given. Below is a list of the most popular colors and what they represent.

  • Red roses symbolize love and romance.
  • Pink roses symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration, and joy.
  • Orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and passion.
  • Yellow roses symbolize friendship.
  • White roses symbolize innocence and purity.

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Did you know you can send a more specific message with the number of roses given?

  • One rose symbolizes love at first sight.
  • Two roses symbolize shared and deep love.
  • Three roses says “I love you”.
  • Six roses says “I want to be yours”.
  • Seven roses says “I’m infatuated with you”.
  • Nine roses symbolize eternal love.
  • Ten roses says “You’re perfect”.

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Industrial Chic Wedding

The trend of mix metals, and Edison lights have helped shaped this new wedding trend of an industrial wedding.  More and more brides are looking for a blank canvas in order to create their own super modern vision. They seek out old industrial warehouses or more modern venues with more raw qualities. The result? An ultra-chic, modern wedding.  It’s all about bringing the outdoor feeling of the city, indoors.

Choosing your venue – To achieve the industrial look, you must first start with your venue.  Hosting your wedding at a warehouse venue, or even an ultra-modern one, with exposed metal or brick would be an ideal place to tie the knot if this is the look you want to achieve. Some off season farm warehouses will rent out a space for you to use for your reception. Be sure to consider the time of year and weather. If you don’t have a venue such as these around, you can always bring in some outdoor elements, to change the feel of the room.

Wedding Décor – You can achieve an industrial look by thinking outside of the box.  When you think centerpiece, your first thought would be some pretty flowers in a vase but to achieve the industrial chic look consider this…place two cinderblocks on your table, with one its side and place votive candles in the open gaps, with moss around them. Then take little groupings of flowers and scatter them on top and in between the blocks. This will definitely be a great conversation piece among your guests and offer that chic look. You can even add bits of mixed metals, copper piping, and geometric shapes to add different textures.  Something that is very popular is a DIY copper piping candelabra, which is a little more simple and classic but still adds that industrial look, you can find the inspiration on Pinterest.

Extra lighting – Instead of using traditional or existing lighting you can use Edison lights which have grown in popularity lately. They act as industrial décor as well as soft warm lighting for your reception. A great idea for your ceremony is to make a backdrop full of Edison lights and stand in front of it while saying your vows.  It will silhouette you in a brilliance of light.

The most important thing in creating your ideal industrial chic wedding is to include the key elements of mixed metals, soft open lighting, and exposed concrete or brick. This can be a daunting task but there are tons of resources for you to use to help you plan. The industrial modern look is becoming more and more popular with the younger generation, who want to keep some things traditional but with an outdoor modern flare.

This venue is AMAZING. Perfect for that chic modern wedding.

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Fill these with soft pinks and white for a simple and breathtaking centerpiece.

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How cool is this? Rustic and chic at the same time!

Flower Rings

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A new trend hitting proms this year is flower jewelry. In addition to prom bouquets, they are also requesting flower rings to enhance their look. Many girls carry their bouquets while they attend their Promenade, but then set the bouquet down while they dance. This is where the flower jewelry really sparkles! It is a beautiful statement piece for girls to wear all night. It is a daintier, more modern rendition of a wrist corsage.

 Flower rings come in all different colors and flower varieties options that would match any prom dress. Some of the best flowers to use for these designs are button mums, dendrobium orchids and ranunculus. Is prom approaching for you or someone you know? Tell them about the flower ring trend! View our online gallery and Call us (856-547-1090) to order.

Not your average prom flowers

It is prom season! We know  you have to first find the right dress — and then the accessories. And the best accessory is always flowers. Your florist can create the perfect floral accessory for you to match your prom dress and unique style. You’ll be surprised at the options. Below are a few to get you started.

Floral necklaces make a beautifully sophisticated statement, perfect for the trendy personality.

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Flower rings are a simple and unique accent that you can wear all night!

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Accent your up-do with some hair flowers

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The classic hand held posy bouquet

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A wrist corsage on a upscale pearl or beaded  bracelet. Once the party is over, you have the keepsake bracket to remember the evening.

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Create a set of floral accessories! Including an arm cuff, ring and of course a matching boutonniere for your date.

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Check out our online collection and call us to place an order!

Prom Trends For 2017

Prom dress trends and the flowers that make them pop!

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Crop Tops!

Crop tops are all over the runway as well as the red carpet. 2017 Prom will definitely be the year of the crop top. A bright and bohemian bouquet or a petite floral ring pair perfectly with the crop top dress.

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Flower Power

Bold floral prints come on strong this year. Seen in both long and short silhouettes.  Match the flowers in your bouquet to the florals on your dress!

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Crystal and Rhinestones

Crystals and Rhinestones are a trend that will continue in 2017. These shimmering dresses will have you standing out in the crowd.  Incorporate crystals in your bouquet to add that touch of sparkle!

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Shades of blue.

Blue is a classic and timeless color.  Tranquil and calming, it looks great on everybody. Pair blue-plum orchids into your prom flowers to add that pop of blue!

Check out our dance and prom collection for 2017 on our website!

How to make your own prom wrist corsage!

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Supplies you will need:       Elastic corsage bracelet with metal fasteners

Floral tape

Floral Wire

Ribbon

Floral pruning sheers

Tea Roses and Accent foliage

 

Step 1: Prepare your accent foliage pieces and tea roses. Cut flower heads about ½ inch from bottom of rose hip. Clean up any outer rose petals that are torn or bruised.

Step 2. Take your floral wire and pierce into rose hip. Push wire through and fold over on either side.

Step 3. Using your floral tape, start wrapping, graduating down, from top of rose hip covering wire. Repeat step 2 and 3.

Step 4. Once you have all of your tea rose heads wired and taped. Cluster 3 of them together and wrap with tape, graduating down like you did in step 2.

Step 5. Add some accent foliage around your cluster to frame it out. Once you have your accents where you like them, wrap with your floral tape to join pieces together.

Step 5. At this point you can now attach your cluster to the bracelet. Lay the cluster on top of the metal fastener, so the top of the tea rose is resting on the top part of the metal fastener. Fold down the metal prongs so that they hold the cluster securely to the bracelet. Using your floral tape, wrap down the metal fastener and flower cluster.

Step 6. Make a 5-6 loop bow out of your ribbon. Fasten bow to wire. Lay bow tight to bottom of your flower cluster. Tape together.

Step 7. Add your 4th flower, and tape to cluster. Repeat for 5th flower.

Step 8. Add more accents and foliage where needed, and tape to cluster.

Step 9. Once you have your flowers finished and all wrapped together. You can finish your stems by wrapping your stem around a pen to curl it up.

Prom 2014

Prom is kind of a big deal. It’s essential to every teen movie, television show, and real life high school experience. It’s an opportunity to get completely dolled up and spend the night dancing and eating fancy food with your best friends. It’s also a great excuse to finally talk to that person you’ve had a huge crush on since you borrowed a pencil from them in 8th grade biology. Yeah, there’s a lot to be said for prom.

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Now, the general consensus is that the most important part of the prom is looking your absolute best. The dress, the shoes, the tux, the makeup, the hair, everything has to be perfect. Because prom is such a big night, we always encourage customers to go bold with flowers. Prom is not the night to be shy and reserved. Be flashy! Add glitter and sparkle and drama! There are more options than the simple bouquet or corsage.

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The night of my junior prom, I was late getting ready and my date was of course early to show up so I had zero time to do my hair. Luckily, instead of a corsage, I had opted for hair flowers. I just clipped them right behind my ear and that gave me enough pizzazz that I didn’t even need to do anything. Flowers can also be added to head bands for more hair decoration.

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Wristlets are like flowery bracelets that are convenient because you don’t have to hold them. You can get disposable ones made with a simple elastic band for your wrist, or you can pick from our selection of beaded bracelets. We will design the flowers so that they can be removed at the end of the night and you can keep the bracelet to wear again and again! We’ve even seen arm cuffs which are like wristlets but wrap around your upper arm which would look great with a spaghetti strap or strapless gown.

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For the traditional girl, a bouquet would really stand out in photos. Choose flowers in colors that contrast your gown to really make the bouquet pop.

There are also a ton of way to customize your prom flowers. You can add glitter, rhinestones, ribbons, decorative wire, brooches, buttons, and feathers, just to name a few.

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And don’t get stuck with the rose. Yes, roses are beautiful, timeless flowers and there’s nothing wrong with wanting them for your prom. But there are so many other really cool flowers that can help make the statement you are looking for. Consider tea roses, mums, daisies, carnations, dendrobium orchids, cymbidium orchids, freesia, and mini calla lilies for your prom flower selection. While not all dress colors can be perfectly matched by a flower, you can certainly find flowers that will compliment the color of your dress. Also, at Leigh Florist we have TONS of ribbon. We literally have walls of it. We can always incorporate your dress color into your prom flowers by using a matching ribbon.

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And don’t forget about your date! Mini callas and orchids make awesome boutonnieres. And if you and your date order together, we can guarantee that your flowers will coordinate so that you both match perfectly!

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It’s Prom Season!

We are so ready for prom season 2013!  We have tons of glitzy and glamorous accessories and accents that will add a little spunk to your prom flowers!

 

Here is the display that we created for the front counter.  Look at all of the bright color combinations!  We encourage our prom-goers to stray away from the norm and go with colors and accents that really pop.

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So set aside the white rose boutonniere with babies breath and foliage, and spice it up with some decorative wire!  Or add some “blingy” crystals and feathers to your wrist corsage!  Get wild with your imagination!

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If you would like to place an order for a prom or dance, simply give us a call, email us or stop into the shop!

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