Your wedding flowers will be one of the most photographed details of your wedding, so it's important to pick flowers that truly fit your style. We will be focusing on boutonnieres and corsages.  When designing your boutonnieres or corsages, where should you start?  

First, find the types of flowers you like, and figure out the style you want, from casual & rustic to formal & glamorous.  Be sure to check with your florist about the stamina of the flowers you have chosen.  You want to make sure they can last through the reception.

When it comes to wedding flowers, the bridal bouquet gets the most attention to start, because it dictates the colors and styles of the accompanying flowers for the church, centerpieces, boutonnieres and corsages.  The flowers don’t need to be perfectly matched, as long as there is a common element or theme.

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Choosing the Boutonnieres

A boutonniere, named after the French word for buttonhole, is usually a single flower or small cluster of flowers that is worn on the left lapel of the groom and groomsmen in the wedding ceremony. The flowers often coordinate with the flowers used in the bride's bouquet and are chosen to suit the season, the color scheme of the wedding, and the wedding attire.  Be creative and add a little pizzazz to your boutonnieres.  It can be a great conversation piece with the ladies!   See examples of many creative Boutonnieres’ that were entered into our boutonniere contest….Click Here!

Choosing the Corsages

A corsage is a decorative floral arrangement similar to a boutonniere except that it is designed for female guests.  A corsage is typically larger and has more flowers than a boutonniere.  Small clusters of roses with their leaves still attached are fragrant corsages for the bride and groom's mothers and grandmothers.   Any other flower or combination of leaves and blossoms can be made into a corsage, and attached to a dress or collar, slightly below the shoulder line.  See examples of many creative Corsages’ that were entered into our corsage contest. Click Here!


Type of Flower and Theme

For a uniform look, consider matching a flower from the bridal bouquet to your boutonnieres and corsages.  If the bouquet is made from roses and ribbon streamers, for example, a simple rose boutonniere is fitting for the groomsmen, and a corsage of ribbon-wrapped rosebuds is a sweet choice for the ladies.  Be creative and add touches to match the theme and season of the wedding.  To see examples Click Here!


A corsage should complement the wearer yet blend in with the rest of the wedding flowers.  To be certain the corsage will not clash with the recipient's ensemble, ask what she will be wearing. For mothers and bridesmaids, you will most likely be able to offer fabric swatches to help the florist match flowers to dresses. Or again, let the wedding party's flowers guide you. Even if all the corsages are made from the same flowers, the stems of each arrangement can be wrapped in a shade of ribbon to match each individual outfit.  You may want to plan each corsage around its wearer's favorite flower. A diverse group of corsages will look harmonious when each is framed identically -- with a spray of tiny buds or a single impressive leaf.  For taller guests, a cascade of flowers or larger flowers may be flattering.  For petite guests, a bud or single flower simply wrapped in ribbon will be more to scale.

Who wears a Boutonniere or Corsage on the Wedding Day

There is no standard rule on who wears a corsage or boutonnieres 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. 

How to Attach a Boutonniere or Corsage

Prepare your boutonniere and corsages with Designs by Buddy Floral Magnets and Pins.  There are six patented designs to choose from…Boutonniere Buddy, Corsage Buddy, and Magnet Buddy.  They can be moved easily without any damage to dresses, shirts, or lapels.  They are lightweight, reusable, and dependable.


Caring for Corsages and Boutonnieres

Careful composition of your corsage and boutonnieres with long-lasting flowers will ensure a striking presentation.  Choose fresh, well-hydrated flowers and your corsages and boutonnieres will look lush and healthy through both wedding and reception.  They can be kept fresh by storing them in a refrigerator before use.


Planning Ahead
On your wedding day, you will want to know that each corsage and boutonniere has reached its guest.  Assign a bridesmaid or other trusted friend the task of coordinating the delivery of the corsages and boutonnieres with your guests' arrival and with picture taking. 


Attaching a Corsage or Boutonniere

  1. Corsage Buddy and Boutonniere Buddy are so easy to use; you can even put it on yourself.  Hold a corsage or boutonniere against the chest, just below the shoulder and near the collarbone.  Consider the lapel, if there is one, or any jewelry the guest is wearing.  Note:  Always place the boutonniere on the left side of a man’s lapel. 
  2. Place in desired spot, and simply slide the floral magnet or floral pin off the back and place behind the dress or lapel.  Easy, Fast, Reliable… Picture Perfect Everytime!