(photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings)
Pinning groom and groomsmen boutonnières may sound like an easy task, but trust me, it's not as easy as it looks (unless you know what you're doing). So, I've put together a brief step-by-step guide along with a little eye-candy. After all, the last thing anyone wants to see is a groom taking his vows with a lopsided boutonnière that's just seconds from falling off. Thus, the task of pinning should certainly be taken seriously.
So, without any further ado ... brides, grooms and members of my staff (wink @ Jocelyn), take note:
Step 1* Hold the boutonnière by its stem with the front facing you.
Step 2* Place the boutonnière 4 inches below the tip of the gentleman's shoulder, onto the left lapel.
Step 3* Take a step back to confirm placement of the boutonnière before attempting to pin.
Step 4* In an upward motion, pierce the fabric from behind the lapel, with a sturdy straight pin, through the bottom of the stem of the boutonnière and then back again through the lapel. Depending on the size of the boutonnière and the size of the pin, you may repeat the above step more than once until secure. (only a small portion of the pin should be visible, if at all)
Step 5* Ensure the pin does not poke out underneath the fabric and check that it also will make no contact with the skin. And if you're working with a rather large boutonnière, feel free to use a second pin as an anchor.
Here are a few additional boutonnière ideas:
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY