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Our male model, Todd Hector,  from the recent shoot with Lindsay Nickel Photography

Boutonnière is french for buttonhole, fancy! Some people can be a little intimidated when it comes to pinning them on. Left side or right side? Where on the lapel should I pin it on? What do I do with this thing? I have great news, it really isn’t complicated and we can help you feel more confident.

First of all, boutonnieres and corsages will have either pins or magnets. What are the differences? The magnets are super easy to put on and they aren’t hard on the fabric of the suit/dress of the wearer. Sounds great, right? They do have some downfalls, the magnet can act as a pivot point so that the boutonniere or corsage can end up twisting around or upside down and can need frequent adjustment to keep them in place. Adding the magnet sticky thing (technical term) to the wearable flowers can also add a decent amount of bulk to the “stem”, and, believe it or not, they can be a little dangerous. The magnets are SO strong that they can mess with pace makers, something to keep in mind for grandparents. Using pins can be slightly more tricky to get on, and can be a touch hard on some fabrics, but they are safe for everyone to use, don’t add any bulk, and keep things securely where they should be.

Both boutonnieres and corsages should be worn on the left side, over your heart. Originally they were actually tucked right into the buttonhole on the lapel, hence their name. Not all lapels will have the buttonhole so now they are just pinned onto the lapel. For proper placement you will want to have the boutonniere/corsage sit approximately 4 inches below the the top the shoulder. You will hold the boutonniere in place while you turn over the lapel to pin it into place. You may want to give the lapel a little shake or try gently jabbing the boutonniere jut to make sure it is secure. With our boutonnieres and corsages we include two pins just in case one gets lost or if you want to make sure it is extra secure, but in most cases only one pin should be needed. In the event that the man isn’t wearing a jacket, you will still want to try to keep in the general area, left side, 4 inches below shoulder. If they are wearing suspenders you can pin onto the suspenders and if they are just wearing a dress shirt and tie you can even forgo having boutonnieres to keep with a more relaxed look. You can google images to see what it looks like with and without and decide what you like best.

For women you can chose to have pin on corsages or wrist corsage. When ordering your wedding flowers and trying to decide whether to order wrist or pin on corsages for the moms, grandmas etc you will want to take into consideration what they will be wearing and what their personal style is. Pin on corsages are a bit more traditional and I find that that is what typically is ordered for the grandmas. For moms, they may have their preferences or if they are wearing a strapless dress or a dress with thin straps it would make it easier to wear a wrist corsage. If they are wearing a pin on, it is the same as the men, left side approximately 4 inches below the shoulder. There is a little more flexibility with placement as you do have to work with their outfit or may have to work around jewellery.

Hopefully this post helps answer any questions you had about how to properly pin on your wearable flowers. Happy Monday, friends!

No Colour Guarantee

colour chartWe all know that colour isn’t as simple as just pink, or orange, or blue. My childhood home was a dusty rose colour, and my husband calls it salmon all the time, and they just aren’t the same thing! I get it! Here is the bad news, while you can show us a picture with the exact shade of roses you want, or bring in ribbon/fabric swatches we cannot guarantee an exact shade for your flowers. Majority of the time we can Create the look you want, or at least get very close, but not EVERY time. I know, it can be really annoying for us (the florists) too.  Here are a few reasons why:

  1.  Flowers aren’t available in every colour. This may be a no brainer to some, but not to everyone. It takes awhile to learn which flowers are available in what colour. Or maybe it is available in the colour you want, but not the exact shade. Yes, while you can get dyed flowers, or we can enhance certain colours with spray etc… there is only so much we can do.
  2. Flowers aren’t always the same colour as the picture you found on pinterest. I love pinterest just as much as the next lady and think it is great for finding ideas, but it needs to be kept in mind that sometimes the pictures isn’t how things look in reality. Depending on the lighting in the photo or how they have modified the image… you can’t always get flowers that LOOK like the picture. They might not exist, it might just be the magic of the photo.
  3. There are a TON of different varieties of flowers out there, but our supplier may not have access to ALL of them. We can probably get something similar, but can’t always get the very exact one we want.
  4. Even if you can get the right variety, they aren’t always the same! Sahara is one of my favourite rose varieties. It smells WONDERFUL, it is a gorgeous mix of soft pink tones and beige-y tones that look perfect for that romantic look, and they open up beautifully. But, sometimes they are super pink and not very beige-y, and other times they are barely pink at all.
  5. Flower/colour availability shifts all the time. Sometimes there are tons of rich, deep purple dahlias, sometimes there are barely any and it is all magenta dahlias. Maybe the demand was just too high for something that week, or maybe the farm it usually comes from had a bad storm that damaged their crop… who knows.  We can request what we are wanting, but sometimes we just end up getting what we get because that is the luck of that week.

So, sometimes when the flowers come and they aren’t exactly what you had in mind colour wise, I swear it isn’t because we didn’t try – we only have so much control over the situation! We do try our very best to provide you with what you want. While we cannot control exactly what colour your flowers are, there are a few options to try.

  • instead of trying to get all the flowers to all be the exact shade of lavender that your bridesmaids dresses are, use a range of colour. By using a spectrum of purples, they look beautiful together, and then if the flowers aren’t the EXACT shade, it doesn’t look like you tried to match and failed, but that it all the shades complimented each other.
  • my favourite solution – introduce a new colour(s)! I think sometimes it is easy to get trapped in having two neutrals and one colour for wedding colours (ex. white, black, red or ivory, grey, coral) because it does keep things simple! Or if brides have included a few colours in their scheme, they feel like they have to try to have an equal balance of everything. Throw those rules out the window. If you want you could just introduce a punch of colour JUST in the flowers without having to try to include it in the linens, stationary, blah blah blah. You can’t get turqouise flowers (naturally) so instead of fighting it, you could just throw in a punch of fuchsia for the flowers and keep everything else in your colour scheme. You can do whatever you want!
  • If your colour is something like royal blue or emerald where we don’t have many flower options, you could stick with white flowers and just add non floral accents in your colour with things like the bouquets stem wrap, add feathers to the bouquet, ribbon collar, brooches, glittered succulents… tons of fun options!
  • Use mixed colours in your bouquet. Again, this way if things aren’t the exact shade the mixed colours will compliment instead of looking like a miss. There aren’t a TON of coral flowers, but by using a mixture of pinks, oranges with SOME coral flowers it looks wonderful!
  • another one of my fav options – let your florist pick the flowers! It is kind of our thing and we will most likely know way more flowers than you so if you know and trust your florist if you let them know the look and feel you are going for and the spectrum of colours we could totally make you something gorgeous and unique!

At the end of the day just exercise some flexibility. While we can’t guarantee colour, there is more than one way to do things and we CAN guarantee that we will do our very best to make you happy with your flowers on your very special day!

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TRAVIS MILLS ~ OWNER/DESIGNER

Red Deer, Alberta
403-352-4055
travis@calyxfloraldesign.ca


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