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Boutonniere & Corsage Tutorials
Boutonierres and corsages – two of tiniest designs that bring the most dread. We're here to help you dry those pits and tackle these sweet little creations. They're not nearly as scary as you think. So if you've been asking yourself, what is a boutonierre, how do I make a boutonierre, or even how do I spell boutonierre? – you're in the right place! (Don't worry – we're calling it bout from here on out.) Read on for our best tips, tricks, and tutorials for all things bout and corsage!
- You can make bouts and corsages on day 1 or 2 if you store them in a hydration chamber. Or you can wait until day 3 if you want to use all the baby scraps you've saved throughout. Still use a hydration chamber!
- Bouts work best on suit jackets, suspenders, and vests. If they are wearing plain dress shirts the shirt will not support the weight. Best to skip bouts all together. Saggy bouts are not cute!
- Don't be afraid to mix and match. Use any of your leftover scraps even if you don't have one of each bloom for each bout. If you have a colorful design you can use different colors for each groomsman to incorportate as many of the bouquet flowers as possible.
- For a super simple corsage, make it just like a bout. Add a few extra blooms to make grandma's fancier than dad's.
- Wrist corsages are a good option if you are not sure how the dress will look or hold up with the pin on corsage. They do take a bit more time and supplies than a basic pin on corsage.
- Brass cuff wrist corsages are a bit simpler than the slap bracelet. Keep in mind that the glue can get messy and the cuffs are more expensive. The slap bracelets are very sturdy and cheaper than the cuffs but they do take a few more steps.
- If you have someone who doesn't like to wear things on the wrist and wants something more elaborate than the regular pin on corsage then you can make a safety pin corsage. This one requires glue like the brass cuff and has a few extra steps; the two safety pins might be easier to use on some outfits than the straight pins. This style can be made large and elaborate or small and simple.