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How to wear a wedding buttonhole

Every year it seems that my wedding couples step it up a gear in terms of style and glamour, and this year has certainly been no exception! But one thing that I have noticed is that many in the bridal party don’t how to wear a wedding buttonhole.

A common problem at weddings

When Martyn and I are photographing the bride and groom prep – the time when everyone in the bridal party is getting ready ahead of the wedding ceremony – we’re often having to step in and help position the buttonholes!

It’s hardly a surprise I guess. After all, it’s not every day that you might attend a wedding. And unlike me, being a wedding photographer, you perhaps have only ever attended a few.

When it comes to button holes, there are different rules for men and women which make it all the more complicated.  I’m not sure why more florists don’t include instructions!

So, in today’s post, I wanted to share my top tips for how to wear a wedding buttonhole.

Read on to get the lowdown and if you find this useful, why not share this with all your bridal party ahead of your wedding so that there aren’t any slip ups on the big day?

How to wear a wedding buttonhole

  1. WHICH SIDE DO YOU WEAR A WEDDING BUTTONHOLE?

Women wear buttonholes – sometimes known as corsages – on the right-hand side of their outfit. (Perhaps it’s because women are always right?!!) In contrast, men wear button holes on the left.

  1. WHAT FLOWERS SHOULD BE USED?

Traditionally a carnation or a rose are used in buttonholes, but you needn’t stick to the rules! You could always choose a flower that will complement the flowers in the bridal bouquet.

As the bride, you could even add beads, pearls or feathers and really go to town with it! So, really, the choice is yours! You can go simple or ornate. It’s your wedding, so anything goes!

  1. WHICH WAY UP SHOULD A WEDDING BUTTONHOLE BE WORN?

There is much controversy about this, and a lot of contradictory advice online.

But as I understand it, traditionally men wear a button hole facing up, with the flower pointing towards his left shoulder.

Women wear the button hole the other way – downwards, with the stem pointing up to her right shoulder.

  1. HOW SHOULD YOU ATTACH A WEDDING BUTTONHOLE?

Usually, button holes come from the florist with a long pin attached. So use this pin to position it correctly on your outfit, securing the flower to your clothes.

Position the flower on the jacket lapel, then insert the pin through the back of the lapel to the side of the flower. Pierce it through the stem of the flower, and then back through the lapel on the other side. Your aim is to secure the buttonhole as tightly as possible.

I’ve seen men who have a buttonhole in their jacket put the stem of the flower into that hole to keep it in place as well, although it doesn’t always sit right doing this. Usually, it looks better to position the flower on the outside of the jacket lapel, without tucking in.

I’m always willing to give a helping hand too….

My top tips on how to wear a wedding buttonhole

So that’s it! I hope it was helpful and that you now feel more clued up about how to wear a wedding buttonhole?

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Fran x