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?
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.
- Cymbidium Orchids
- Mini Calla Lily
- Standard Roses
- Spray Roses
Unusual Flower & Plant Choices:
- Brunia Berries
- Berzillia Berries
- Craspedia (Billy Balls)
- Hypericum Berries
- Sea Holly
- Scabiosa Pods
- Baby’s Breath
- Misty Blue
- Wax Flower
- Camellia Leaves
- Italian Ruscus
- 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.