June 25, 2019
I have not been in the wedding business all that long, but even with my limited experience one thing has come 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 to 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:
Can you wear a boutonniere with a pocket square?
Yes, you can! The left is still the correct side for both.
What if there is no lapel button hole?
This is usually the case for satin lapels on tuxedos. Estimate your placement just 2-3 inches below your collar bone.
Can you wear a boutonniere with suspenders?
See photo for my answer — absolutely, yes! Looks just as sharp as putting a vest or jacket on your groomsmen.
What about with just a shirt (no vest, jacket, or suspenders to pin on).
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!
Keep checking back on my blog for more wedding day tips and tricks!
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