Congrats! You’re getting married! You’ve likely already been checking a lot of things off of your wedding planning to-do list, like the wedding dress, the venue, the cake, and the color scheme. But have you thought at all about the corsages and boutonnieres that the members of your wedding party will be wearing? Even though they are a small part of your big day, having stunning and unique corsages and boutonnieres for your wedding can be a great finishing touch.
If you have a large wedding party, you’ll want to make everyone feel special and included by having their own corsages and boutonnieres while still saving money. Having a large wedding party can be pretty expensive. Even little things, like boutonnieres, can add up very quickly, especially when you’re trying to stick to a certain wedding budget. The best way to save money on all of these florals is to arrange them yourself! Here is how you can make stunning and unique corsages and boutonnieres for your wedding.
Unique Summer Corsages
As you’re determining how many corsages you’ll need, remember that corsages are usually worn by the mothers of the bride and groom, and possibly their grandmothers. If you want to save money and mix up floral traditions, you can also give your bridesmaids corsages instead of bouquets. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your summer corsages, check out some of these stunning images from Brides.com that encompass unique and innovative floral ideas. Of course, you’ll want your corsages to match your desired color scheme and aesthetic for your wedding. Here are a few favorite ideas for unique and beautiful corsages that you should keep in mind.
Corsages have traditionally involved a large bloom or two, accompanied by some greenery, floral filler, and ribbon. However, if you want to make more of a statement with your wedding corsages, try going for an oversized look. You can create an oversized corsage look that seems to grow up the arm of your bridesmaid by using lots of flowing greenery, fluffy blooms, and two corsage bracelets or ribbons to secure at the wrist and halfway up the forearm. This is a classy new take on the tradition of corsages.
Use Wood Flowers
If you don’t want to worry about your corsages wilting throughout your hot summer wedding weekend, try using wood flowers instead. Wood flowers are made from natural materials and softened with special preservatives until they are flexible and realistic looking. They only cost a fraction of the price that fresh flowers cost, so if you’re trying to save money on your corsages, this is the perfect option for you. Plus, they can be dyed to match any color and shaped to imitate any fresh flower.
Add a Jewelry Cuff
Adding a jewelry cuff is a unique touch that can help make your corsages extra glamorous. Jewelry cuffs are usually made from sterling silver, gold, or bronze, and look classy and beautiful. The flowers can be attached to the jewelry cuff for the wedding day, but once it is over, they can be removed and your bridesmaids or mothers will be left with a beautiful and meaningful piece of jewelry. They’ll be able to wear it as a stylish accessory on any day and remember your love and friendship.
Unique Summer Boutonnieres
Now, it is time to turn your attention to the men of your wedding. You’ll need a good amount of boutonnieres for your wedding. You’ll need boutonnieres for your groom, groomsmen, father and father-in-law, and possibly your grandpas. When you’re getting married in the summer, it is important to make sure that your boutonnieres aren’t too girly. If they’re super fluffy and pink, the men in your life might not be too thrilled about wearing them. Here are few tips to help you to achieve unique and masculine summer boutonnieres.
Limit the Flowers
First of all, try to limit the large, feminine flowers that you use in your boutonnieres. A single rose accompanied by some greenery and eucalyptus can look nice, but much more than that can start to look a little too girly. Rather than trying to squish in a lot of large flowers, opt for smaller blooms, floral fillers, and greenery instead. You can even make a textured piece of filler the focal point of the boutonniere instead for a more bohemian look.
If your wedding or personal style involves any kind of steampunk, you should definitely jump on this trends. In an effort to make boutonnieres more masculine, many florists have added steampunk touches to their boutonnieres such as keys, gears, broaches, locks, and more. This can give some interesting detail and dimension to your boutonnieres. You can even use elements with personal significance, like the dog tag from your husband’s military service.
Adding texture to your boutonnieres is always a great idea, You can get great textures from floral fillers such as grabia, pixie cotton, caspia, or even lavender spray. If you want to add some masculine texture to your boutonnieres but still want flower-like shapes, wood flowers could also be the perfect solution for you. Wood flowers can mimic the shapes of fresh flowers, but can be dyed into more masculine colors such as greens, browns, or blues. This is the perfect way to give your groom a boutonniere he’ll love to wear. Plus, your wood flowers will never wilt!
Putting Together a Corsage or Boutonniere
Now that you have some unique ideas and inspiration to get you going, it is time to do the project itself! Prepare yourself to fall in love with your own personalized corsages and boutonnieres for your wedding. Make sure to check out this article for additional guidance on how to arrange the perfect wedding corsage or this article for help with DIY boutonnieres. Here are some helpful steps for you to follow:
1.Prep Your Flowers
First off, you’ll want to trim down your flowers to an appropriate length for a corsage or boutonniere. You’ll also want to trim off any excess leaves that will get in the way.
2.Start with Focal Flowers
Next, you’ll want to start by arranging your focal flower(s) with some floral fillers or accompanying floral buds. Keep adding small sprigs until the colors and shape are aesthetically pleasing. Tape them securely with floral tape.
Once you’ve secured the focal points of your boutonniere or corsage, add some greenery around the outside to frame the small arrangement. Secure with floral tape.
4.Secure to Attachment
Finally, you’ll need to secure your floral arrangement to the attachment, like the corsage wristlet, or the boutonniere magnet. You’ll need some floral wire or ribbon to complete this step. Tie the florals on securely so they won’t fall off throughout the day. If your boutonniere needs a pin or two don’t forget to add them.