Corsages and Boutonnieres

Corsages are traditionally given to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women helping with or participating in the ceremony and reception. Corsages can be pinned on a dress or worn on the wrist. Ask the woman who will be wearing the corsage what type she would like.

  • Lapel corsages, which are pinned to clothing, are the most popular. Remember that “less is more”, since large corsages weigh more than smaller corsages. The weight may affect the lie of the fabric.
  • For younger females, a wrist corsage offers the advantage of not being dropped while walking down the aisle.
  • Handbag corsages are becoming a popular alternative to pinning a corsage or wearing one on a wrist. The corsage is simply attached to the person’s handbag.

When choosing color, remember that unlike the color of bridesmaids’ dresses, you will have less control over the color of other dresses at your wedding. Selecting natural colors, such as white roses, can simplify the process. However, many brides know what color dresses the mothers and grandmothers will be wearing, allowing the bride to choose a wider range of colors and flowers.

Boutonnieres are traditionally worn by the groom, groomsmen, ushers, ring bearer, the fathers and grandfathers and any other male helpers. The history of boutonnieres date back to the 1700′s and means “buttonhole flower” in French. These flowers symbolize the men’s status and formality of the occasion.

There should be some variety among the boutonnieres:

  • The groom’s boutonniere should stand out compared to the groomsmen’s boutonnieres.
  • The fathers of the bride and groom typically have different boutonnieres from the groomsmen.

A good florist strives for continuity among the different boutonnieres, either by flower choice or color. The bridal partners do not need to match – it is a personal choice – but the bride and groom should complement each other as should the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Some flowers hold longer than flowers as boutonnieres. Orchids hold water in the blooms, making them a wonderful choice during hot weather. Roses, lilies and tulips are also good choices if they are prepared just before the wedding.

For your flower girl choose a basket or bouquet that is in proportion to your flower girl which will allow for flowers that are easy to hold and light enough to carry.

The flower girl basket should match with other wedding colors, flowers and accessories. Flower girl baskets can be modern or classic, so let your wedding florist know your style.

Delivery areas in Arizona include Ahwatukee, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa,  Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Sun Lakes and Tempe.

Call Michelle Daly at (480) 203-9930 • 1405 N. Dobson Rd. Suite 20, Chandler, AZ 85224 • Sitemap