Wedding Tradition – Corsages and Buttonholes

August 1, 2016

in Detail, Flowers


What is the correct wedding etiquette for corsages and buttonholes?

Wedding buttonhole first originated in ancient Greece, with the male members of the wedding party wearing a small bunch of flowers and fragrant herbs to ward off any evil spirits, and to ensure the groom doesn’t fall out of love with his bride.  The buttonhole tradition that we still have today arrived in England in Medieval times, where the knights would wear a small bunch of flowers in the brides’ colours on their left lapel, with the flowers pointing towards their left shoulder.  Today the bride has many more ideas and options for her floral arrangements adding not only flowers but other embellishments such as feathers. For the female wedding party the corsage or buttonhole is worn on the right, which is the opposite side to the men, with the flowers pointing downwards and the stem pointing towards the right shoulder.

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