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What if it rains on your wedding day?

 You’ve planned your wedding day to the T. You’ve sorted everything.

  • Everyone knows where they need to be, what they need to do.
  • You and your partner have rehearsed your lines for the ceremony.
  • The wedding day arrives and your dress, hair and makeup is en-pointe.

All is going well. But then, dark clouds appear overhead and the heavens open!

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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


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.


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!


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.


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?

If you’d like more wedding tips and inspiration, please visit my blog. And if you are on the search for a wedding photographer, please look at some of my latest work in my wedding photography gallery.

If you’d like to know more about my wedding photography services or have any questions about my availability for the date of your wedding, please contact me today by completing this form.

Fran x

An essential wedding day packing checklist for brides-to-be

The pre-ceremony ‘Bridal Prep’ is definitely one of my favourite aspects of a wedding day.

Bride dressing for her wedding

I really enjoy photographing my brides as they are getting ready for their wedding. Surrounded by their mum, close family and bridesmaids, it’s a really exciting part of the day.

Everyone is nervous with anticipation and spirits are high.

But one thing that is sure to kill the atmosphere and add a lot of unnecessary stress to your day is if you are getting ready for your wedding day, at a venue that isn’t your home, and then realise you forgot to pack something.


Avoid this common mistake on your wedding day

That moment when it dawns on you that you haven’t packed your favourite lipstick, a needle and thread, a pair of scissors, or that special piece of jewellery that you were planning to wear is just terrible to watch.

The brides face sinks and panic sets in! Believe me, I have photographed so many weddings over the past ten years and have seen this happen a lot.

What to pack for your wedding day

So, to help you avoid making the same mistake, I have created a wedding day packing checklist, which is free and available for you to download below.

You have so much to think about as your big day approaches, so I hope this will help you keep calm and feel in control.

It’s a list of everything you may need on your wedding day. So use it as you prepare your overnight bag and cross things off before you head to the venue or wherever you are getting ready for your ceremony.

If you do, you can then be confident that you have everything covered.

Grab your free wedding day packing checklist today

Not being adequately prepared on your wedding day and having everything to hand that you are going to need is a sure-fire way to get your wedding day started on the wrong footing.

My Wedding Day Packing Checklist for brides-to-be is available for you to download for free by completing your details here.

I really hope that you find it useful! After your big day has passed, do return to let me know in the comments below if it was.

Fran x

The latest wedding trend you need to know about

When you are planning your dream wedding, you aren’t a slave to fashion or fads. You have a distinctive, elegant style that you’ll want to emulate throughout your wedding.

Yet, you’re interested in knowing what the latest wedding trends are. So, I’m here to help!

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Elegant wedding at Sandon Hall Staffordshire

The wedding of Charlotte & Tim

I met Charlotte and Tim roughly a year before their wedding day. They came to see me at the studio, where we chatted about their big day, their expectations.

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Pendrell Hall Wedding Photography

Mr & Mrs Love

Pendrell Hall in Staffordshire is a stunning wedding venue. I love photographing weddings there.

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