As a wedding officiant you wouldn’t think that I would necessarily know how to but on a boutonniere, but actually, more times than not I end up helping the groomsmen do it. I’ve even had to remind the guys to put them on before the ceremony! I’ve learned a few tricks along the way. Here are some things to know about putting on boutonnieres:
- in almost ALL cases you need two pins to properly affix a boutonniere. make sure you ask your florist to include two pins per boutonniere or buy some extra boutonniere pins
- boutonnieres should be affixed to the left lapel of the mens' jackets.
- the pins should go through the lapel fabric, then through the stem of the bout, and the through the lapel fabric again.
- boutonnieres should rest vertically along the lapel (it's easier to do this if you have two pins).
- it's not necessary to cross the pins if you have two. one can go through the top of the stem and the other just a little lower.
- do not put a pin through the flower or any part of the boutonniere that isn't stem.
- the pins should be on the underside of the lapel and should not show if affixed properly.
- assign someone with steady hands (and preferably experience) to affix the boutonnieres. do not expect that the groomsmen will know how to affix them properly.
- affix the boutonnieres as close to the ceremony time as possible without it causing stress. if they're put on too early there is a chance they can get crumpled by hugs or wilt from humidity.
- if the flower breaks off, carefully and slowly unravel the floral tape just enough and then try to put the flower back and re-create the boutonniere. someone who is brave needs to do this.
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