Even though my job is to capture priceless moments during a wedding day, I often end up getting asked this same question(s) at almost every wedding by mostly the groomsmen, “How and where do I pin the wedding boutonnieres?” Nothing adds panache to a man’s appearance like the confidence embodied in wearing a stylish boutonniere. A simple flower worn on the lapel of a jacket is a gesture full of meaning that extends beyond the flower. Below are a few tips for the guys and all the folks helping them out as they prepare for the ceremony.
Placement of the Wedding Boutonnieres
Proper placement of the boutonniere is the left side of the lapel of a man’s formal jacket or sport coat. Men’s coats traditionally have a buttonhole in the top lapel where the boutonniere can be placed.
How to Place the Wedding Boutonniere
Place the stem of the boutonniere should be inside the buttonhole of the lapel with the stem facing downward. (Guess we didn’t follow the rules on this one!)
Attaching the Wedding Boutonniere
After the stem is put through the buttonhole, it is secured underneath with a pin. The pin goes around the boutonniere stem, never through it.
Who wears a Wedding Boutonniere?
The ring bearer, official and ushers also wear boutonnieres, as do fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and other male members of the couple’s immediate family. Usually the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom wear corsages.