Are you loving wedding floral week part two as much as we are!? It has been a jammed packed two weeks full of just about everything you need to know to get yourself educated on having flowers it your wedding. I’ve gotten some questions from readers about floral options and things that couples can do that are a little outside-of-the-box in the flower world. First up, is corsages. (We are talking roses later this morning, so stay tuned!) You want a way to honor family members or loved ones, but aren’t so much into corsages. What other options are out there? I went to some of the best wedding florists in the Washington DC area and asked their expert opinion, because you know I don’t know! Here is what they had to say to the anti-corsage couples out there. What should a couple do if they hate corsages? What are some other things that you can do or give to family members and loved ones?


Flower Crown Design: Holly Chapple Flowers

“Corsages can be obtrusive and despite our best efforts to make them demure and lovely, some ladies just don’t want to fuss with them! We love to design small nosegay bouquets for them as well as often suggesting just a single stem rose tied with a ribbon. The point is to recognize them in a special way. It doesn’t have to be big and ostentatious, just beautiful and thoughtful.” – Christi, president of Bergerons Flowers

“Mini bouquets are our favorite alternative to the corsage. This allows family to have pretty flowers as they go down the aisle and for portraits. Once the dinning and dancing begins ladies can gently set their flowers aside. This also allows the ladies a lovely memento to take home. Flowers in the hair or on purses are also hugely popular.” – Holly, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers

“If you hate corsages, don’t get them! In lieu of corsages, some mothers opt to carry a small posy.”– Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design

“I offer small a small posy for the mothers of the bride and groom, usually in a cream color wrapped with ivory ribbon. It is small and unobtrusive, but is a lovely way of honoring family members.” – Lisa, owner of Petals and Promises

“If a client doesn’t choose a corsage, a presentation bouquet, a single flower with a lovely ribbon accent, a sweet nosegay or a corsage for her purse, could be a few alternatives.” – Janice, owner of Serendipity Bridal & Events

“A hand held posy of flowers, a floral pin for the handbag, a floral piece for the hair, a beautiful broach that can be worn in lieu of flowers are all great options instead of corsages.” – Shelly, owner of B Floral and Event Design

“Okay, no problem! Many mothers are opting out of wearing corsages and some feel they’re a little dated. They can then carry a posy or nothing at all, it’s all up to you!” – Jennifer, owner of J. Morris Flowers

“I personally would like to see corsages go by the wayside. They are dated, annoying to wear and they never hold up. I often suggest a small nosegay for mothers and grandmothers to carry with them to the ceremony. A nosegay or posy is a petite bouquet of flowers. These can be made using the same flowers as the bridal party and the women can put them down at their place setting once they arrive at the reception. This way it’s not falling off throughout the evening or bothering them while they are eating or embracing family and friends. ” – Alicia, owner of Alicia Jayne Florals

“Oh the never-ending debate over wrist corsages. First off, this is a tradition you don’t have to follow. No one said your family or anyone in your wedding party even needs flowers. Secondly, posies, flower crowns, and single stem blooms are all great replacements. Also, don’t be afraid to reinvent the corsage. A simple garden rose on a beautiful ribbon makes for one beautiful corsage without looking outdated or prom-ish.” – Liza, owner of Studio DBI

“We normally do small nosegays (small bouquets) for moms instead of corsages.” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity


Thank you so much for such great advice! We have one more post planned for wedding floral week, so stick with us! Please check out each of these talented DC area wedding florists on their websites.

In the meantime, be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC, MD and VA wedding pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

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