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Ideas for Corsages and Boutonnieres

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

Ideas for corsages and boutonnieres

For the gentlemen, boutonnieres are to be worn on the left. Ladies can wear pin on corsages or wrist corsages depending on the style of their dress and personal preference. When attending an event as a couple, it's good to make sure that your corsage and boutonniere share some common elements. So, for example, you can use the same focal flower in the same colour of course. If you each want to use different fillers, that's perfectly fine as long as the main elements match.

Less is more

When it comes to corsages and boutonnieres, less is most definitely more! The last thing you want is a full-sized bouquet pinned to your chest or weighing down your wrist. This is why florists choose one larger bloom (like an orchid or mini calla lily) as the focal flower with some smaller fillers and perhaps a touch of foliage. A full-sized calla lily will be too large which is why mini varieties are preferred. If you want to use smaller blooms as your focal flowers, you can use more than one. A cluster of three is popular since the uneven number gives the corsage or boutonniere a well-rounded appearance.

The right colours

Choosing the right colour for your corsage or boutonniere is essential! You don't want the colours to clash with the dress or, worse still, blend in to make the corsage just about invisible. All the florist will need is the colour and style of the dress in order to make the perfect corsage. If possible, ask for a sample of the fabric or get a photo of the dress in natural lighting. If a dressmaker is involved, they could even make his tie from the same fabric as the dress for that perfect match!

Not strictly flowers

Boutonnieres and corsages are not limited to the use of flowers and foliage alone! There are plenty of other stunning elements you can add such as berries. You can even add jewels to your blooms for some extra sparkle. Think about the theme of the event as well as the theme of your dress for inspiration.

Fresh flowers or artificial

This is a big question that so many people have when choosing a corsage or boutonniere. The advantages of silk flowers is that they will last and you can keep them as mementos afterwards. Fresh flowers, on the other hand, offer unparalleled beauty. So, it really comes down to personal preference. If you want, you can still preserve your fresh corsage or boutonniere by drying it out or having it freeze dried. Framing the flowers will protect them from dust.

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