Wedding Chat with Sande - How to Pin a Boutonniere

September 15, 2016

First of all - did I even spell Boutonniere correctly?  That is intimating in itself!! But it never fails - when I'm photographing the groom and his guys getting dressed, at least one guy will ask me to help him pin his boutonniere.    I always give them my disclaimer - "I never do this right!",  and they always reply "well I'm sure whatever you do would be better than what I do."   Don't be so sure dude.


Boutonniere's are generally top heavy with a slim bottom and a straight pin.  My first fear is that I will either poke them or myself with that pin.  I mean, who wants to be responsible for blood on a white shirt at a wedding?   Not me!  But I always try to help and then feel horrible later when I'm photographing them and the boutonniere I helped with is hanging upside down.   Yes, that's happened more than once.


I can't be the only one with this problem so I thought - time to research this.   First thing I found that makes SO MUCH SENSE is to use two straight pins instead of one.  Genius!!  Why do they only come with one?  I carry a girls tool chest in my car and I actually have pins in there - those are going in my camera bag at my next wedding so I will be prepared!


The website Tuxedo Den posted these simple instructions:


"Start with putting the boutonniere below the lapel. If it is a bigger boutonniere, place it a little lower on the lapel so it isn’t in his face. Place the boutonniere on the lapel and then fold the lapel over.


Step 1: place the boutonniere on the lapel and then fold the lapel over

Stick the pin thru the bottom up.


Step 2: stick pin through the bottom.

Doing the same thing with the second pin, make an X with the pins.


Step 3: make an X with the pins.

And there you go. A  perfect, lay-flat, no-flop, boutonniere!


Step 4: the perfect boutonniere!"


Side note to any florists out there - include two pins!  


I will try these steps the next time I'm asked.  Hopefully I won't be responsible for any more upside down boutonnieres. 





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