RSVP's Ultimate Guide To Corsages and Boutonnieres

Faith Lucas

Posted on March 22 2018

RSVP's Ultimate Guide To Corsages and Boutonnieres

What Are Corsages and Boutonnieres?

Corsages and Boutonnieres are typically reserved for formal wear occasions like weddings and proms. Not every school participates in this tradition, so make sure to ask around and see if you and your date should be planning to get these floral arrangements for prom.

Before you pick one out, let's make sure you're getting the right thing! Corsages are a delicate collection of flowers and decorative ribbons that are generally worn on a girl's wrist or dress. A boutonniere is typically one flower that is pinned onto the left lapel of the suit jacket.


How To Choose The Perfect One

Now that you know what they are, how exactly do you pick the perfect one for you and your date? By tradition, most couples match the boutonniere and corsage to the color of the girl's dress. Take a look at the color wheel below and find the color of your date's dress. For a perfect complement, choose the color on the opposite side of the wheel. For example, if your date's dress is yellow, choosing violets or wisteria as your main flower would be perfect! 


If your date's dress happens to be a color that you may not find in your typical colored flower, white is always a classic option. If her dress is more than one color, sticking to one color for the flowers and then choosing the other color for embellishments like ribbon is always a good idea. However, going with different types and colors of flowers will make the arrangement more interesting.

Where Do I Buy An Arrangement?

Whether you decide to make your own or buy one, be sure to start early. Giving florists a couple of days notice will make sure that everything is in order for your event.  Corsages and Boutonnieres can be found or ordered online or over the phone with your local florist. If you want to go the inexpensive route, Kroger, Walmart, and Target also have florists that would be happy to make you an arrangement. However, ordering your arrangement at a florist will give you more options for customization. Your typical corsage can cost anywhere from $10 to $40, while your average boutonniere costs around $5 to $20. Typically, each date will buy their date’s corsage or boutonniere.

How Are They Worn?


Whether you've pinned a boutonniere before or not, they can be relatively tricky. Boutonnieres are traditionally pinned into the left lapel. Start by taking the pin and sticking it up into the flower from underneath the lapel and into the thick part of the stem of the flower. Next, angle the pin through the flower and back into the lapel. In order to avoid sticking your date in the chest, don't stick the pin completely through the suit jacket. Instead, rest the back of the pin on the back of the lapel.

Putting on a corsage is comparatively much easier. For a wrist corsage, simply use the bracelet that the flowers are attached to and place it on the wrist of her choosing.

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