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.