Oh, those Boutonnieres and Corsages! What to do?

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Oh, those Boutonnieres and Corsages! What to do?

House Mountain Inn, Lexington, VA

Interior, House Mountain Inn–the Great Room
Dear Engaged Couple-

    I was officiating at a wedding last weekend at a gorgeous venue just outside Lexington, Virginia.   The wedding was at a mountain lodge with a breathtaking view of the mountains and with a wonderful inside-mountain escape setting, too—we’re talking big fireplace, a tastefully decorated great room for entertaining….but I’ve just begun this blog and already I digress.  Forgive me.

Note:  The boutonniere is slightly below
the widest part of the lapel
    What I wanted to discuss today was boutonnieres and corsages.  The wedding at the lodge was just about to get underway.  The guests were all seated, and close family members and the wedding party were lining up for their entry.  An aunt of the bride walked among us pinning on the requisite flowers.  She obviously knew what she was doing, but as an onlooker to the proceedings, I wondered if most people actually DO know the correct way to pin.  Just so you know, the pinning, or magneting (I will get to this in a minute) went off without a hitch—as did the wedding proper.   
So here is the skinny about flowers.   First, I will tackle the pinning of the boutonniere (which is French for button hole).  It is pinned to a man’s lapel, with a pearl-topped pin provided by the florist.  It goes on the man’s LEFT lapel.  Although the pin is pretty, the pearl part is actually hidden.  Whoever is doing the pinning (and I would suggest that the one wearing the boutonniere NOT try to do this himself), starts the pin from underneath the lapel.  The boutonniere is attached just slightly below the widest part of the lapel.  When the pin’s point reaches the top part of the lapel, try to catch the green florist tape.  It makes the thing that much more secure.  Then draw the pin back into the fabric, making sure that the pin is at a slight angle—that, so that the wearer won’t get stabbed in the chest when he moves his arm.

This corsage might best be worn on the wrist
The same location, the same process goes for the woman’s corsage, IF the fabric the woman is wearing is sturdy enough to support a corsage, that is.  The wise bride will ask the women in the wedding party, and her close women family members, what they will be wearing before she actually orders the flowers.  Don’t risk pinning a corsage to a silk dress, or blouse for obvious reasons.   If a regular corsage won’t work—order wrist corsages for these women—these go on the woman’ left wrist and are easily secured with elastic provided by the florist.  The other option is to use magnets.  The florist hides a small magnet in the corsage.  Then, instead of pinning the corsage to the dress, place another magnet (again, provided by the florist) which looks like a metal pill, inside  the dress or blouse where you want the corsage to go.   Voila!

I know, I know this is such a small thing, really, when you have so much else to worry about regarding your big day.  But, in weddings, as in life, the little things can become the big things.  Take all this to heart now, and then you’ll have one less thing to worry about the day of.   Happy Wedding planning!  

Your wedding Preacher for Hire




Posing for camera at House Mountain Inn after wedding

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