A bout-iful lesson

It's time to talk bouts. Or boutonnieres, as they are more correctly known. The words boutonniere, itself, comes from the French word for buttonhole which is how these little floral accents were traditionally worn - through the lapel buttonhole on the left of a man's suit. A corsage, is simply the female version of a boutonniere, either pinned to the lady's clothing or worn on the wrist.

One of the questions we most commonly get asked during wedding consultation is "who should wear a boutonniere?"

At the end of the day, it is entirely up to you. A recommendation is that at minimum you would have the groom, groomsmen, and then direct family members, such as parents, wear one. Some people also opt to include their siblings and grandparents.

As well as being decorative, boutonnieres and corsages also serve the purpose of identifying people of particular significance in your wedding. You may also choose to have these personal flowers made for ring bearers, ushers, MCs and anyone else who has a special role to play in your nuptials.

Boutonnieres are usually made to complement one another. The groom's boutonniere will be made to suit the bridal bouquet, the groomsmen to match the bridesmaid bouquets and dresses and then all others are made to complement your overall wedding color scheme.

You can be as traditional or as creative as you like when it comes to the design. If you have a specific style in mind, you can show this to your florist. Otherwise, you can leave it in their capable hands safe in the knowledge they will design personal flowers to suit your vision and needs.