Corsages and Boutonnières
Traditionally, the man presents a corsage or nosegay to the woman as a gift, while the woman would provide the boutonnière and pin it on the man's shirt or jacket.

When it comes to planning a wedding, every detail matters. Among these details, corsages and boutonnières hold a special significance. These floral pieces serve as symbolic accessories, enhancing the beauty and elegance of both the bride and bridegroom, as well as members of the bridal party.

Because these flowers are typically designated for VIPs, you may be wondering: We have identified those most likely to be presented with boutonnières. So, let's delve into what precisely wedding corsages and boutonnières are, exploring their significance, and how to choose the perfect ones for your special day, and importantly, who should be adorned with them.

As a matter of formality, a boutonnières is a flower-decorated pin worn on the left lapel of a suit.

A corsage is a small bundle of flowers traditionally worn by the bridal party. The word comes from the French term "bouquet de corsage". A corsage can be pinned to a dress or tied around the wrist, and is usually a bit larger than a boutonnière.

Not into cookie-cutter wedding boutonnière? Try dried flowers instead. It's an eco-friendly spin on the age-old tradition—and it will look amazing in photos. (Photo:

Symbolism and Significance

Corsages and boutonnières are not just decorative accessories; they carry deep symbolism, representing honour, love, and unity.


Mother of the bride/groom: The mother's corsage is a token of appreciation and a symbol of honour. It signifies the important role she plays in the lives of the couple.

Grandmothers: Including grandmothers in the corsage tradition is a beautiful way to show respect and acknowledge their wisdom and support.

Female members of the bridal party: Corsages are often worn by bridesmaids, flower girls, and other female members of the bridal party. They serve as a unifying element, distinguishing them from the rest of the guests.


Groom: The bridegroom's boutonnière is typically distinct from those of his groomsmen, often featuring a unique flower or colour. It complements his attire and sets him apart as the central figure of the celebration. It usually complements the bride's bouquet.

Groomsmen: Boutonnière for groomsmen help tie their outfits together and signify their special role in supporting the groom.

Fathers and grandfathers: Providing boutonnières for fathers and grandfathers is a meaningful gesture, signifying respect for their wisdom and guidance.

Ring-bearers: Your littlest attendants also deserve a special flower. Make sure your florist knows their ages so they can create a boutonnière that's just the right size.

Choosing the Perfect Corsage and Boutonnière

Selecting the right corsages and boutonnières involves careful consideration of various factors, including colour scheme, flower choice, and personal style. Here are some tips to guide you:

1. Coordinate with the Colour Palette: Ensure that the corsages and boutonnières complement the overall colour scheme of the wedding. They can either match the bridal bouquet or feature complementary hues.

2. Consider Flower Selection: Opt for flowers that ensure freshness throughout the day. Popular choices include roses, orchids, and lilies; but can also be just greenery. Not all flowers are suitable for a boutonnière due to their size.

3. Reflect Personal Style: The style of the corsages and boutonnière should align with the overall theme of the wedding. Whether it's classic, rustic, or modern, choose designs that resonate with the couple's vision.

4. Prioritise Comfort and Durability: Ensure that the corsages and boutonnières are comfortable to wear throughout the day. Avoid flowers with thorns, those that easily wilt, or those that are too big to be pinned to a suit or dress.

Don't be afraid to change tradition-

While boutonnières made of flowers are the norm for the bridegroom, we've also seen some truly unique ones that do not include florals! The groom's attire is a fantastic opportunity to showcase his individuality and passions.

Remember that there are no set rules about who else at the wedding should wear flowers other than the bride, groom, and their attendants. It is up to the bride and groom to decide if they would like to allow their guests to wear corsages or boutonnières as a sign of appreciation.

Corsages and boutonnières are small yet impactful details. By carefully choosing these floral adornments, you can enhance the beauty of the entire bridal party while honouring the important individuals in your life. Remember, it's not just about the flowers themselves, but the love and meaning they represent.

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