Choosing the Type of Flower
Your flowers will be one of the most photographed details of your wedding or special event, so it's important to pick flowers that truly fit your style. For a wedding boutonniere, consider matching a rose or blooms from the bridal bouquet. The flowers don’t need to be perfectly matched, as long as there is a common element.
Who wears a Boutonniere on the Wedding Day
There is no standard rule on who wears a boutonniere or corsage in a wedding, so it’s up to the couple to decide who they would like to honor. Here are some examples to help guide you: The parents, stepparents, grandparents, immediate family members (who are not in the wedding party), groomsmen, the soloist, and the ceremony readers.
Caring for Boutonnieres
Careful composition of your boutonniere with long-lasting flowers will ensure a striking presentation. Choose fresh, well-hydrated flowers and your boutonniere will look healthy through the entire event. They can be kept fresh by storing them in a refrigerator before use.
Things You Will Need
- Single flower, such as a Rose, Calla Lily or Carnation
- Small piece of greenery, leaves, ferns, bear grass, or filler flowers
- Boutonniere Buddy Magnet or Pin
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
- ¼ Inch Satin or Silk Ribbon
Choose a healthy, fresh and well-hydrated flower for the central, focus flower in the boutonniere. The bloom needs to be small enough for a lapel. Try a single rose, small calla lily or carnation. Remove all lower leaves and any less-than-perfect outer petals. Note: You can use a couple of small flowers to create a cluster, but remember a boutonniere is not intended to be as large as a corsage.
- Cut the stem of the flower to 1 ½ inches.
- Insert a 6-inch length of floral wire and thread it through the upper stem just below the bloom. Bend it in half and wrap the length of the wire with floral tape.
- Select greenery that compliments the flower. Arrange filler flowers, such as baby’s breath, leaves and ferns, and any other items for the background, and tape them to a new piece of floral wire using the same approach as was used with the focus flower.
- Place the focus flower on top of the background grouping, with Boutonniere Buddy floral magnet or floral pin on the back, and tape all three pieces together. Note: Boutonniere Buddy is the easier, faster, more reliable way of attaching a boutonniere. It can be moved easily, and safe on fine fabrics. So don’t hassle with the old fashioned straight pin, where you’re guaranteed to get poked!
- Curl the end of the wire (now covered in green floral tape) around a pencil, to make a nice finished end to your boutonniere. Cut off excess wire and tape.
- Mist your finished boutonniere with water and refrigerate. Note: Artificial flowers can be reused and kept as keepsakes, without the need for special preservation methods.
- Your boutonniere is now ready to attach. Place the boutonniere on the left lapel of a man’s jacket, and simply slide the floral magnet or floral pin off the back and place behind the lapel. Boutonniere Buddy is so easy to use; you can even put it on yourself.
Attaching a boutonniere should be enjoyable, not difficult. For a hassle free, picture perfect boutonniere or corsage, include Boutonniere Buddy, Corsage Buddy, or Magnet Buddy… the easier, faster, and more reliable way of attaching a boutonniere.