Traditionally a shoulder corsage has been the wedding flower of choice for mothers of the bride and mothers of the groom. Flowers similar to the bridal bouquet are frequently used. Today’s popular dress fashions often feature delicate fabrics and sheer overlays, which sometimes can make a pin-on corsage too heavy. Consider these floral fashionista options for your moms’ wedding day flowers:

Flowers to wear

The following ideas are easy for moms to wear or carry, and they’re less likely to get bruised or crushed by hugging guests.

  • Place a wrist corsage on mom’s left wrist.
  • Pin a corsage to the moms’ purses. Consider giving the moms the purses — matched to their dresses — as memorable thank-you gifts for the wedding day.

Flowers to hold

A small bouquet (often called a tussie mussie or nosegay) to carry gives moms something graceful to do with their hands during photography and can be placed at their seats of honor during the reception. Here are a few ways to make it special:

  • Ask your florist to design the tussie mussie in a small ornate holder. Perhaps mom already has a tussie mussie holder as a family heirloom, or you could order one and have it engraved so it becomes a keepsake family heirloom that is refilled with flowers for future family weddings.
  • Ask your florist to wrap a small nosegay in a monogrammed handkerchief held in place by a lacing of ribbon. The handkerchief then becomes a personalized keepsake of the day.
  • Asking your florist to design a small bouquet with the flowers mom carried on her own wedding day.

Add jewelry

For a special touch, add jewelry to the moms’ flowers. Here are a few ideas:

  • Special piece of family heirloom jewelry added to the flowers “in memory.”
  • Engraved charm (your names and wedding date) pinned into the flowers.
  • Small brooch added as the focal point of the petite bouquet.
  • Antique jewelry, found in a local flea market, added as a keepsake.

Make your ‘Mother of the Bride’ or ‘Mother of the Groom’ wedding flowers memorable. Discuss floral options with your wedding florist and them, and encourage them to choose designs they consider appealing and comfortable. The two moms don’t have to choose the same type of design, but don’t play favorites. Their flowers should be of the same approximate size and expense.

What are some of the special Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom flowers you’ve seen?