As a professional wedding officiant you wouldn’t think that I would necessarily know how to but on a boutonniere. I mean, it has nothing to do with the wedding ceremony, so why would I? Well, in many cases, if the wedding couple doesn't have a wedding planner, there's no one else to do it and I end up helping the groomsmen. I’ve even had to remind the guys to put them on before the ceremony! I’ve learned a few tricks along the way that will help you learn how to pin on a boutonniere.
Tips for Pinning on the Boutonnieres
- In almost ALL cases you need two pins to properly affix a boutonniere. Kindly 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.
- Boutonnieres should rest vertically along the lapel.
- The pins should be on the underside of the lapel and should not show if affixed properly.
- The pins should go through the lapel fabric, then into the stem of the boutonniere.
- One pin should go from the top down and the second pin should come from the bottom up. It's not necessary to cross the pins.
- Do not put a pin through the flower or any part of the boutonniere that isn't stem.
- Assign someone with steady hands (and preferably experience) to pin on the boutonnieres.
- 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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