Wedding Tips: Corsage & Boutonniere Etiquette

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Florals are extremely vital to any wedding’s theme and overall aesthetics. Indeed, many brides spend weeks or even months researching for the best bridal bouquet, reception decor, and garland ideas. 
However, in the midst of all that, they often forget one minor, yet vital aspect of a wedding decor; boutonnieres and corsages, and who should wear them. Of course, most people forget to focus on these two facets due to a lack of knowledge and ideas. 
Here’s a quick wedding tip etiquette guide on bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres:


Ideally, the bride should be the only one carrying a bouquet, as it is her big day. However, this rule can be bent to include a few attendants of the bride. The bride’s bouquet should nonetheless be bigger and more colorful than those of her maids.
If the bridesmaids are allowed to carry bouquets, it is only right that the flower girl does too. The color and size of the flower girl’s bouquet can vary, depending on the agreement with the wedding tailor, but most brides like to have it small and complemented by a princess-like flower crown.


Unlike the bouquet, boutonnieres often have no restrictions and can be worn by everyone, from the groom to the ring bearer to ushers and even the male members of the couple’s families. However, in order to maintain a consistent color scheme, the boutonnieres should have at least one focal flower that matches the color of the bridal bouquets.


Corsages are a great way to make your wedding decor look seem livelier and more natural. They are essentially the smaller, wearable versions of bouquets, and there are no restrictions as to who can adorn them – although they were traditionally worn by the mothers, aunts, and grandmothers of the bride and groom. The key is to consider both the dresses for the occasion and, of course, the event color scheme when making the order for the corsages so that they don’t look out of place.

Final Word

As much as there are ‘traditions’ and rules as to who should wear what during a wedding, you don’t have to follow any or all of them, and you can simply go with your own style. It’s your wedding, after all, and you make all the rules to match your tastes. However, it’s important to be fair and inclusive when making such decisions. 

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