Wedding Flower Etiquette: Boutonniere & Corsage

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When it comes to the boutonniere and the corsage, there are some wedding flower etiquette rules that you're going to want to observe. Learn about wedding flower etiquette relating to the boutonniere and the corsage with help from a wedding professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Melissa Barrad, the owner of I Do Weddings in San Diego, California. I'm here today, to talk to you a little about wedding etiquette, specifically boutonnieres and corsages and who gets what. So, there are a lot of rules that come into play when you are putting personal flowers in your bridal party. Of course, the groom gets something to accompany his bride's beautiful bouquet, and typically the attendant, so that would be grooms men. Also wear something small that compliment both the groom as well as the bridesmaids. And then, moving more so into family. This is where it starts to get sticky, particularly if you have step-parents or people like that, that are part of your family. Traditionally, fathers and grandfathers receive something, as do ushers, so the people that help your guests get down the aisle. Moving above and beyond that, a ring bearer or a coin bearer would also receive something. But it's not mandatory, typically if the children are under the age of two. I would save your money and put that money elsewhere, just because they won't wear it. And then, moving more so, into family, so that's uncles, godparents. It really depends on budget and who you'd like to include. If you do opt for that, you have to make sure that everyone is covered, you can't just give one to your favorite uncle, because sometimes feelings get hurt. And godparents or your officiant. If your officiant isn't wearing anything too religious, where they can actually wear a flower on his or her lapel is a great way to go. Then, for the ladies, corsages are typically given to mothers and also grandmothers. And then, people like readers or program attendants, people that helping out with the wedding, same thing goes for the aunts. Women get a little bit more frustrated and hurt feelings, if you don't have a corsage for them and you have one for all the other aunts. So, with all of these people, please, please, please, make sure you are labeling every single corsage and boutonniere, where it clearly says, father and listing the father's name, and aunt, and listing a name. So, there's absolutely no confusion about who to give flowers to. And always order one extra each, you'll never know who's going to say, where's my flower? Because if you have an extra, then you're all set and ready to go. I'm Melissa Barrad with I Do Weddings, and we just talked about wedding etiquette and who to give corsages and boutonnieres to, thanks so much.


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