The Boutonniere and Corsage Tradition

January 28, 2010
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Star of Bethlehem BoutonniereThe use of boutonnieres and corsages is an established tradition for many formal events today including of course weddings. But where did it come from? This tradition dates all the way back to Greek times. The bride and other members of the wedding party would carry fragrant flowers and herbs to ward off evil spirits. Nowadays, flowers are still used for weddings in the form of bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages but without the protective purpose they formerly had.

The boutonnieres, also called buttonholes, consist of one or two focal flowers complemented by some greenery. The buttonhole is traditionally worn by men on the left lapel of the tuxedo or suit, because it’s above the heart. However,  it may be worn on either side as long as the rest of the wedding party follows him.

The groom, best man, groomsmen, ushers, as well as the fathers of both the bride and groom are the main people who should wear a boutonniere in a wedding,however, this list is not limited. You can give one to any other family member or friend such as: grandfathers, a special uncle, a cousin, and even the wedding coordinator or the minister. These boutonnieres can be smaller than the ones used by the main members of the wedding party, and the groom’s should definitely be the most prominent.

Star of Bethlehem Boutonniere

The corsage is the female version of a boutonniere. It consists of two or more focal flowers complimented by greenery and/or fillers. There are two kinds of corsages, the pin corsages which are worn on the chest and the wrist corsages , which is a good option if a dress is not adequate for a pin corsage.

Corsages are given to the mothers of the bride and groom, grandmothers, and any other special female family member or friend such us: godmothers, female candle lighters, female ring bearers, and a female wedding coordinator.

Fiftyflowers.com has many beautiful options for boutonnieres and corsages ready to use, and you also make your own with your favorite flowers out of our large selection, the appropriate tools and a little touch of creativity!

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One Response to The Boutonniere and Corsage Tradition

  1. Anonymous on August 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Yours is a very good explanation and well highlighted. Thank you.

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