Hello Flowerful Butterflies~
We are super excited to be nearing formal time! Students have already begun ordering their corsages for their event to mark the end of school and the beginning of an exciting adventure.
The term ‘corsage’ referred to the bodice of a dress in the 19th century. It was upon the bodice that flowers would be pinned to the chest, shoulder or sometimes bound to the wrist. As the 20th century swung into place, people replaced the meaning of ‘corsage’ with the more commonly known definition: A spray of flowers pinned to a woman’s clothes or worn around the wrist.
Nowadays, a corsage is given to one’s date for prom or formal. A shoulder corsage is often worn by the mothers of the bride and groom, with the groom and groomsmen wearing buttonholes.
A buttonhole or boutonniere is a smaller or more masculine version of a shoulder corsage and is more often worn by men. Usually buttonholes will be made with a single flower to match the corsage flowers. Even before the 19th century, wearing a single flower in the buttonhole of a men’s jacket was becoming increasingly popular. This is where the common name ‘buttonhole’ originated.
There are so many styles of corsage and buttonhole and we love creating them all! Flower options are also vast, with more popular choices being Roses, Orchids and Carnations.
One of our favorite buttonhole style is the ever popular ‘bullet shell buttonhole’. First you create the boutonniere and then secure inside an empty bullet shell, making for a modern and unique style for weddings or formals. Bullet shells are also very inexpensive and can often be found for free online or at your local gun range.
We love corsage season and the fantastic designs that we get to create. The technique is fairly easy to learn and can come in handy throughout all stages of life, so drop by our Toowoomba store and ask about our floristry lessons.
Congratulations to all graduating students – May you find peace and happiness no matter the path you choose!
Until our next adventure~
Westridge Florist Toowoomba
Author: Jessica Schoultz