A florist can recommend longer-lasting flowers, but even ordinary boutonniere flowers like roses and carnations will endure for many days if stored properly. Some flowers can be kept for up to a week or more. The trick is to keep them in a cool, dark place with plenty of water.
Roses are the most common choice for boutonnieres. They make beautiful single flowers as well as elegant sprays. There are many varieties of roses available, some with different colors and shapes of petals, which may range from classic to exotic. Red, white, and pink are the most popular colors for boutonnieres. It is also possible to combine several colors of roses for an arranged bouquet.
Carnations are often used instead of roses because they last so long and they look good over time. Even when given as a last minute gift, they still seem appropriate because it's understood that they aren't a flower you would buy for yourself. However, if you are looking to give a special message with your boutonniere, then carnations are perfect because they are easy to interpret.
Lilies are another favorite among men who enjoy wearing a boutonniere. They make beautiful gifts for any occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.
If you are purchasing a bespoke corsage, put your order at least two weeks in advance. This will provide the florist enough time to order the necessary materials (and flowers) and create your corsage. If you need your corsage sooner, consider buying a ready-made one.
Florists usually have more flexibility with ready-made corsages. These often do not have any real flowers attached to the ribbon, so they can be made much faster than custom-designed ones. Be sure to ask how long it takes to make your corsage before you order it so you know what to expect.
The most important thing is that you give your florist plenty of time to create your corsage. The more notice you give them, the better they will be able to prepare it.
Refrigerate the corsage for no more than 24 hours, otherwise it will lose its freshness. Cut flowers are often placed in a vase with water, but a corsage will not fit. Instead, spritz the tips of the flower stems with water as soon as you receive the corsage to keep it moist. The white powder on corsages is actually pollen from flowers around the world. Pollen is like yeast; it grows best at room temperature.
Pollen is very sensitive to humidity and heat, so if you plan to wear the corsage later in the day, wait until morning to remove the jewelry. In the evening, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to avoid contaminating other ornaments you may be wearing.
If the corsage becomes dirty, take it off and wash it in cold water with a gentle cleanser. Use only clean jewelry to protect your clothes' color tone. Let the corsage dry completely before putting it back on.
Flowers tend to fade when they are cut. If you want the corsage to look fresher longer, don't cut it too close to the dinner hour. Leave at least an hour between removing the jewelry and eating so that the corsage can breathe.
Florist wire is offered in 18-inch lengths in a range of gauges (wire diameter measures). The narrower the diameter of a wire, the higher the number assigned to it. The most common corsage sizes are #26 for bows, #24 for medium-weight flowers, and #22 for heavier flowers like roses. If you want to use a variety of shapes, try using different-size wires for each. Crimps, knots, and other decorations can be added to the ends of the wires after they have been twisted together.
Corsages should be long enough to fit across the chest with some room left over for movement. Short corsages look odd and make it difficult for the recipient to express themselves freely.
The best way to find out how big your corsage should be is to make one. Start with a base of three or four inches wide by five inches long. Add more petals up to an inch or two beyond that, depending on what looks good and fits on your wrist.
If you don't want to make your own corsage, there are lots of stores that will make one for you. Some florists only make corsages, while others will also do boutiques or bridesmaids' corsages. In general, the larger the shop, the better the quality of work done there.