Flowers are one of the most romantic things about a wedding. Beautiful flowers make the event feel more special and festive. When you are ordering the flowers for your wedding, your main focus will be on the bouquets and centerpieces. Don’t forget about the little floral touches, though, like corsages and boutonnieres.
Corsages are given to female guests of distinction. Relatives who will usually wear a corsage at a wedding are the mothers of the bride and groom, the grandmothers, and any other dear relatives, like a special aunt. It is also important to give a corsage to step-mothers, if you or your fiance have one. (Your personal feelings about her, good or bad, are beside the point in this situation.) These female wedding guests are accorded a special place of honor in your wedding by wearing a corsage. Just remember, it is okay to give someone not on the above list a corsage (for instance, to a cousin who will be singing during your ceremony), but it not alright to withhold a corsage from a close female relative to indicate your displeasure with her if you two are feuding about something.
There are two types of corsage: those that are pinned to the chest,and the ones worn around the wrist with an elastic band. There is something to be said for a wrist corsage, as they do not leave pin holes in your fancy garments. However, they are more commonly associated with the prom, so I would only recommend them in specific circumstances. If you were giving a corsage to a young niece who is a special favorite of yours, she might prefer a wrist corsage. Also, if one of the mothers is wearing a strapless gown, she won’t really have anywhere appropriate to pin a corsage to her chest, so a wrist corsage would be the best option.
Boutonnieres are given to the men in the wedding party (ushers, best man, and groomsmen), the fathers of the bride and groom, and of course, the groom himself. (By the way, the female members of the bridal party do not wear corsages since they will carry bouquets.) The gentlemen will wear their boutonnieres on the left lapel of their tuxedo or suit jackets. A very nice photograph for your album is an image of the groom’s mother pinning on his boutonniere, as well as one of the mothers of the bride and groom pinning boutonnieres onto their husbands.
The flowers chosen for corsages and boutonnieres should tie into the general floral design of the wedding, although they do not have to match exactly. Certain flowers will hold up better than others. Good choices include roses, carnations, stephanotis, and lily-of-the-valley. Some orchids will also work, as will gardenias (but they are highly scented, so first ask the intended wearers if they like the aroma). Avoid flowers that are overly large (a giant hydrangea, for instance, would just look silly) or extremely fragile (they will get crushed during hugs).
If your bridal bouquet will include one of the hardy flowers listed above, then it would be an easy choice for corsages and boutonnieres. You could use the same color as in your bouquet, or choose one that ties in with other parts of your color scheme. For instance, if the bride has a bouquet of white roses, she could either choose white to coordinate with her flowers, or red to match the color of the bridesmaid dresses.
Make sure that your corsages and boutonnieres are as festive as the rest of your flowers. Corsages are commonly accented with pretty ribbons. A very special touch would be to have the florist add a few crystals to the corsages to tie in with the bride’s crystal bridal jewelry. Many brides who will be wearing crystal bridal jewelry choose to have crystals twinkling in their bouquets, so why not in the corsages and boutonnieres as well?
Corsages and boutonnieres are intended to honor a special relative or member of the bridal party. It is really all of the little details that make each wedding unique. Give some thought to designing corsages and boutonnieres that your relatives and male members of the wedding party will be proud to wear.
Laura is interested in wedding planning and wedding trends including jewelry, receptions and gifts. Crystal bridal jewelry makes a fabulous inspiration for the rest of your wedding decorations.
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