In my years as a wedding photographer, one thing still comes up nearly every time I’m photographing the groomsmen’s “getting ready” photos. Almost every time I am asked the same question by the mom/dad/best man of the groom — how do I pin a boutonniere?
As unassuming as they seem, those little flower pins just seem to cause so much fumbling on a wedding day. And while I’m definitely no expert (be sure to confirm with your florist how best to pin your custom boutonniere arrangement), I did a little research and mixed it with the experiences I’ve had watching and helping with the task — all to help my future brides/grooms know just what they’re doing on the wedding day!
Seems simple enough, but especially for anyone who has never worn a boutonniere, it can take a little time and adjustment to get the flower just right. Make sure the flower is held sturdy to survive the whole day and all the hugs from family and guests, and place it straight and in the right position on the lapel.
More frequently asked questions about boutonnieres:
Yes, you can! The left is still the correct side for both.
This is usually the case for satin lapels on tuxedos. Estimate your placement just 2-3 inches below the collar bone.
See photo for my answer — absolutely, yes! Looks just as sharp as putting a vest or jacket on your groomsmen.
Still yes. Just be EXTRA careful not to prick anybody’s skin.
Are you a visual learner? Check out this video I found on how to pin a boutonniere!
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