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HOW TO WEAR A WEDDING BUTTONHOLE - TIPS FOR THE MODERN GROOM

In medieval times,  Grooms would wear a small bunch of flowers mixed with fragrant herbs, to ward off evil spirits. Contemporary weddings are embracing a move towards male corsages, with the popularity of a boutonniere: a bunch of small flowers grouped together worn at the buttonhole. Here's how to make it work: 

To the LEFT

Men should wear a button hole on the left. There is generally a hole in the jacket for this purpose. The stem should be pushed through the hole and secured at the back. If the hole has been sewn up, the stem can be pinned to the fabric to hold it in place. The pin should trap the stem and hold it in place. The flower head(s) should always be pointing upwards towards the left shoulder. 

NB: this is the opposite for a woman! It has become popular for key female members of the wedding party (groom or brides mothers) to wear a corsage or button hole too. However, this should be worn on the right side, with the flower head(s) facing downwards and the stem upwards.

Choosing the Blooms

A decade ago, grooms would wear a single rose or carnation as a button hole. Today the modern groom has a much wider choice, from exotic flowers lilies or orchids to green stems and berries.

If the grooms suit is in a dark fabric, navy or charcoal grey, a contrast posy of white flowers will pop out beautifully. Alternatively a coloured bloom which works to compliment the theme of the wedding or match the bridesmaids dresses is a good way of pulling the groom into the party. 

Buttonhole by Daisy Works, Styling by Clements and Church, Photograph by Jess Petrie www.jesspetrie.com

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