How to Make a Corsage

Wiring Ivy Tendrils

I love fresh ivy in bouquets, corsage and boutonniere work.

I generally soak ivy in a tepid water bath for about 20 minutes before use and then spray with a leaf polish such as Leafshine.  This isn't a "have to" . . . but it does seal the leaves and make them last longer.  I sell smaller cans that are perfect for single wedding use.

You can use silk ivy accents - just be sure to look for clean cut edges and small leaves.  It's doubtful if your guest will even realize that the ivy isn't fresh.

I like the wired ivy, but it is a little more expensive and the cost is comparable to a fresh bunch of trailing ivy.  It's really just a matter of personal preference.