Flowers and Wedding Guests
When guests decide to buy their own flowers the correct etiquette guidelines are that both female and males guests should wear a single flower buttonhole or corsage as they may end up taking away the special touches the Bride and Groom have chosen for themselves on their wedding day.
A buttonhole, sometimes called a boutonnière, is a little flower worn in the lapel of a suit. They’re normally worn by the groom, ushers, fathers, stepfathers and any other male members of the couple’s immediate family.
Ladies wear a button hole / corsage on their right
And this is the bit most people don’t know. Ladies wear the flower differently to the men, on the opposite side. But it doesn’t stop there – a lady should have the flowers pointing downwards. So the stem should be pointing towards her shoulder.
The Ladies buttonhole is an important status symbol for the mothers of the bride and groom and sometimes even the grandmothers. They can be worn directly on their clothes or on their wrist, called a corsage. They are more ornate than the gents buttonholes.
The average price for a man’s buttonhole is £5.50.
Button holes & Corsages.
|Men’s rose buttonhole||£5.50|
|Ladies rose buttonhole||£6.50|
|Men’s calla lily buttonhole||£6.50|
You may like the groom to be the only member of the wedding party wearing a buttonhole, but more often than not they are also given to the best man, the fathers of the bride and groom, and, if your budget affords, the ushers. It’s a nice touch to have one for the grandfathers and brothers too.
Traditionally it is the men who wear buttonholes on the left lapel of their suits. The mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom often wear a similar floral decoration called a corsage, either pinned to the right side of their outfit or tied with a ribbon around their wrist.
The mothers of the bride and groom generally wear something a little more special. Like the groom, they may wear a buttonhole which is more fuller than the others. Some may prefer to wear a corsage (2 or more flowers) while the other ladies such as grandma and sisters may wear a single buttonhole.
The majority (around 67%) of participants charge between £2 and £4.99 for a simple buttonhole. £4 to £4.99 is the most common price for a simple buttonhole, with a quarter of responders giving this answer. 7% of responders charge £1 to £1.99 for a simple buttonhole.
Which side does mother of bride wear corsage?
corsages for the ladies are traditionally worn differently, and are typically for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom (and grandmothers). If you have a chest-worn corsage, use a pin and affix to the chest on the right side, and upside down – stem upwards, flower pointing downwards.
Who Wears Buttonholes at a Wedding? Usually, only the main people involved in the wedding such as the groom or bride get the honour of wearing buttonholes but sometimes the option is extended to VIP guests like the parents, groomsmen, bridesmaids and the officiant.