Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Tradition of Corsages

It is the time for proms and high-school balls! This means our phones are ringing non-stop with orders for corsages and boutonnieres, and we are bringing all our creativity to the table to make our customers happy. 

But how much do we really know about the history of corsages? Why did we start using them? When did they become a part of our culture? 

Well, the word corsage comes from the French word used to refer to the bodice of a dress, which is where corsages were attached in the beginning. It is believed that originally, the man used to bring a bouquet of flowers as a gift for the parents of his date. He would choose one particular flower out of said bouquet, and give it to his date. She would then carry it during the whole night, or pin it to her dress. As fashion evolved and dresses changed, it became more complicated to find the right spot to place the corsage on the bodice, and that’s how, out of convenience and necessity, wrist corsages were born. 

Nowadays, corsages are a demonstration of love or care given to a girl by her date to an elegant social event such as prom. However, corsages used to be considered lucky charms and were thought to protect against evil spirits. That is why they were initially worn at weddings, to better protect or bless the couple and their family at the ceremony.    

History has traced proms back to the late 1800s. First the word was used to refer to college extravaganzas and balls, but they slowly changed into the high-school gatherings we know now, in which the end of the school year is celebrated. In honor of this rite of passage for the soon-to-be-graduated teenagers, our team works very hard to make every corsage and boutonniere unique and memorable. Please give us a call to place your order, and let us know how can we make your corsage perfect for your big night out. 

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