How To Choose the Best Flowers For Boutonnières & Corsages

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How To Choose the Best Flowers For Boutonnières & Corsages

Flower Duet Boutonniere on Groom when he greets his bride for first time on Wedding Day

A Flower Duet Groom when he greets his bride for first time on Wed­ding Day.

Bou­ton­nières and cor­sages fall under the cat­e­go­ry of “Per­son­al Flow­ers” since they are worn on your per­son. In order to cut down on the bulk of flower stems, we remove most of the stem of a flower and then replace it with wire and flo­ral tape to cre­ate a bou­ton­nière or cor­sage. Per­son­al Flow­ers are the ones you give to those who are rep­re­sent­ing you at your wed­ding includ­ing friends who are stand­ing up for you, par­ents, grand­par­ents, read­ers or ush­ers. Of course, grooms usu­al­ly wears a lit­tle some­thing extra spe­cial to set him apart.

 Rules for When to Wire Flowers

  • Only wire a flower if it can’t be used sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly with­out it.
  • Wire flow­ers to sup­port weak­ened stems.
  • Wire to hold flow­ers and foliage in a desired posi­tion.
  • Replace flower stems on cor­sages so the cor­sage stem is not bulky.
  • Use wire to add acces­sories to cor­sages and arrange­ments.
  • Use the best bou­ton­nière flow­ers for wiring. These are flow­ers that do well out of water.

What are the Best Boutonnière Flowers?

Cymbidium Orchids

Cym­bid­i­um Orchids are clas­sic and hardy choic­es for bou­ton­nières flow­ers. By Flower Duet.

These days in wed­ding design, any­thing can be used as the focal fea­ture of a bou­ton­nière. The star fea­ture on someone’s dress, lapel, vest or sus­pender is not always a flower. Some­times it can be feath­ers or suc­cu­lents or a col­lec­tion of but­tons art­ful­ly placed. What fol­lows is a list of flow­ers and green­ery that are great choic­es for any type of per­son­al flower that will be worn and need to stay fresh look­ing out of water.

Com­mon Flow­ers:

  • Car­na­tions
  • Chrysan­the­mums
  • Cym­bid­ium Orchids
  • Mini Calla Lily
  • Stan­dard Ros­es
  • Spray Ros­es

Unusu­al Flower & Plant Choic­es:

Billy Ball Boutonnières

These round yel­low flow­ers are called Cras­pe­dia or “Bil­ly Balls” and make per­fect lit­tle bou­ton­nières. By Flower Duet.

  • Bru­nia Berries
  • Berzil­lia Berries
  • Cras­pe­dia (Bil­ly Balls)
  • Hyper­icum Berries
  • Sea Hol­ly
  • Scabiosa Pods
  • Suc­cu­lents


Accent Flow­ers:

Baby's Breath Boutonniere

Baby’s Breath is now tak­ing cen­ter stage in bou­quets, cen­ter­pieces, gar­land and bou­ton­nieres.

  • Baby’s Breath
  • Misty Blue
  • Sol­ida­go
  • Wax Flower


  • Camel­lia Leaves
  • Ital­ian Rus­cus
  • Ivy
  • Seed­ed Euca­lyp­tus

We show you what tools you’ll need to cre­ate a bou­ton­niere and how to make one. Check out our how to wire flow­ers instruc­tions along with a how to wire flow­ers  video that demon­strates the tech­nique.


By |2014-05-31T22:45:28+00:00May 12th, 2014|Floral Design, Flowers|5 Comments

About the Author:

Kit Wertz is a professional floral designer with 15 years experience. She is co-owner with her floral designing sister, Casey Schwartz, of Flower Duet based in the South Bay of Los Angeles. You can reach them at


  1. Charlene May 15, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Thanks for this very help­ful arti­cle! I’m writ­ing about wed­ding flow­ers today so adding this kind of infor­ma­tion ia a good idea. 😉

    More pow­er!


  2. Emme April 6, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Hi! I am prepar­ing for my senior prom and we are look­ing to save mon­ey this year. Prom is very pricey and I was want­i­ng to save $40 or so on a cor­sage and bou­ton­nière. My dress is pur­ple and white and was won­der­ing which flow­ers would be best?

    • Kit Wertz May 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Emme, Pur­ple and white Den­dro­bi­um orchids would work well and you could just buy one stem to make both the bou­ton­niere and the cor­sage. These are con­sid­ered a bi-col­or flower, so you get both col­ors in one. If that col­or clash­es with your dress, then it’s best to go neu­tral with white flow­ers and green­ery. You could also use a suc­cu­lent bloom to look mod­ern. Good luck! — Kit

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