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Boutonnieres and Corsages–Who get’s them?

Most wedding flower decisions are pretty straight forward–a bouquet for the bride and her attendants, flowers for the ceremony, centerpieces on the tables, but personal flowers such as boutonnieres and corsages tend to be more of a personal choice.

Every now and again I’ll come across a couple who opts to skip boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen (usually due to somewhat casual attire) and I’ve even had moms decide to go without flowers on occasion, but here are a few guidelines to help you decide who’s in on the personal flower list.

Boutonnieres should be considered for the groom, groomsmen, fathers, grandfathers, ushers and ring bearers as well as your officiant if you are not having a religious ceremony.

Likewise, corsages are traditionally given to mothers & grandmothers, although I often suggest small clutch bouquets for moms–I think they are particularly nice for pictures!

I would add to the lists above that you should include any siblings that aren’t in the wedding party and their spouses, readers, singers and other important family members including step-parents.

Think of it as a way of acknowledging people close to you on a very special day.  Include as many people as possible and decide for yourself who’s on your list.  Every family is different so ultimately you need to choose what makes the most sense for your families.

Above:  Thistle & lavender boutonniere (left) and corsage with lisianthus buds tied with raffia from Kate & Alex’s wedding.

Above:  White dendrobium orchids, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus & cedar make up these vintage-inspired winter wedding corsage & boutonniere.

Above:  An array of calla and spray rose boutonnieres with hypericum berries and myrtle.

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