Corsage and Boutonniere Etiquette for Weddings


Besides the overall decoration, flowers and floral arrangements play an incredibly important role on the wedding day. You and your partner may end up spending days selecting the perfect flowers for the bridal bouquet, corsages, boutonniere, and other ceremonial requirements.

Another thing that most people find difficult to decide is who in the family and the guest list should have what wedding flowers. So, if you are going through the same phase, we bring you a quick corsage and boutonniere etiquette for weddings to make things a little simpler for you.


Typically mothers and grandmothers of both the bride and the groom wear wedding corsages. These can be either pin or wrist corsages matching their dresses. Sometimes other female family members and friends can wear corsages too.


Designed from a single focal flower complementing the bridal bouquets, these boutonnieres are worn by the groom and his attendants, including fathers, grandfather, best man, and groomsmen. The ring bearer, ushers, officiant, and other male members of the couple’s family also wear boutonnieres.


The bride and her attendants are usually the only people who carry the bouquets. Generally, the bridesmaid’s bouquets are similar to that of the bride’s in flower choices but smaller in size. If you wish, you can also let the flower girl carry a small bouquet or a flower crown in place of the basket of petals.

The Couple Must Shine

The bride and groom are the stars of the wedding day, and it must show. It is thus important that their corsages, bouquets, or boutonnieres must be slightly different from the others. You can either change the size, or colour, or any changes that you might want to incorporate as per your preferences to make it look more appealing and different from the rest.

Don’t worry! You Can Change Things

It’s your wedding day, and you have the full right to make those little changes that make you happy. So, if you have other people who are important to you, like family members, close friends, performers, or readers at your wedding, you can honour them too with corsages or boutonnieres.

Make it Equal for the Family 

You don’t want any member to feel left out on your wedding day, right? So, you must pay close attention to make sure that everyone in the family is included.

That being said, there are no set rules or traditions about who gets to wear wedding-day flowers. To keep things simple and easy, you can have your parents and grandparents wear corsages or boutonnieres, but if you want to involve everyone, it is flowery fine.

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