How To Put On A Boutonniere And Corsage

In days past, the stem of a boutonniere was inserted through an actual buttonhole in the man’s left lapel. Today, a lapel might have a faux buttonhole, or maybe, none at all, so the boutonniere needs to be pinned.
  1. Hold the boutonniere by the stem with your left hand, the flower should face away from the viewer.
  2. Place the boutonnire on the wearer’s left lapel, approximately four inches down from the tip of the left shoulder. Make sure the flower is positioned correctly before pinning it in place.
  3. Hold a pin with your right hand, and starting from behind the lapel, push it through the fabric just beneath the head of the flower.
  4. Pierce through the flower stem, reinserting the tip of the pin into the fabric so that the tip of the pin ends up behind the lapel. Be sure that the flower is securely in place.
  5. Tug gently on the stem to be sure the boutonniere is properly fastened.

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How to Pin On a Wedding Corsage

Even the most adept among us can be a bit perplexed when comes time to pin on a corsage.

  1. Hold the corsage against the wearer’s chest, just below the left shoulder. Be sure to take into account the neckline of the outfit and the jewelry when determining placement. Also ask the wearer if they plan on leaving their jacket or shrug on all evening so that you can pin through both pieces of clothing.
    While holding the corsage in place, catch the fabric with the tip of the pin on one side of the stem near the base of the flower.
  2. Guide the pin over the stem, or through the ribbon wrapping on the stem, at a slight upward angle, to help secure the corsage. Then catch the fabric with the pin on the other side of the stem to hold the corsage firmly in place, and push the pin out to the surface of the fabric. Add another pin a bit higher up on the flower stem if necessary.
  3. Of course you can order a wrist corsage if the ladies prefer that style. A wrist corsage is normally worn on the left arm.

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Another alternative to a ”pinned” corsage would be magnetic attachment. Ask your wedding planning florist if they can supply it for you!Pinning a boutonniere or corsage is not difficult, but in the rush of your day, you can get frustrated. Take a deep breath, read these instructions and go for it!