Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Have you ever wondered where the corsage or boutonnière should be pinned or who should where them? Well, read on...

Corsages are typically worn by women at weddings and special occasions. The proper place to pin these miniature beauties is on the left side about two to three inches above the breast.

Wrist corsages can also be worn in place of the traditional pinned piece. The proper place to wear the wristlets is on the left wrist.

Who should wear corsages? Mothers, grandmothers, aunts or special guests that have a special relationship with the bride or groom should wear a corsage. Some brides order them for their hostesses or servers but it is definitely not a must.

Who shouldn’t get one? Your DJ, musicians, videographer, photographer, pianist, hair Stylist, flower girls….your wedding planner. (I threw this in for me) If you are paying your participants and vendors for services, you should leave them off the floral list. This may save you a couple of bucks, too!

Boutonnieres, which mean “buttonhole”, are typically worn by men and are placed on the left lapel where a “buttonhole” would normally be.

Who should wear a boutonniere? Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, special guests, groomsmen, ring bearer, and ushers should receive a boutonniere.

Depending on what your officiant is wearing, he/she may or may not prefer to wear a floral piece. If a ceremonial robe or a Giorgio Armani suit is worn, the flowers may not be worn. Be sure to ask first if you can before ordering.

Tish B.

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