Items you will need
- Flowers for the corsages and boutonnieres (roses are standard)
- Baby’s breath
- Fresh greenery
- Silk ribbon (matching wedding colors)
- Floral tape
- Scissors and/or wire cutters
Making your own wedding corsages and boutonnieres can be a great way to save money in wedding planning. Corsages and boutonnieres are not difficult to assemble, and can be as simple or as elaborate as desired. You can invite a few friends over to help and make it a pre-wedding party. With a few supplies, some extra hands, and a little time, the corsages and boutonnieres will be ready for the big day.
Select the flowers for the boutonnieres. Roses are the most traditional, although carnations can also be used. Just be sure to choose a flower that has a firm, medium-sized bloom. Be sure to get enough flowers for all of the boutonnieres that you will make.
Remove any thorns (if using roses), and trim the stem of the flowers to between three and five inches. Place each of the trimmed flowers gently in a bed of small greenery and baby’s breath. One piece of greenery and one piece of baby’s breath is enough for a single boutonniere.
Add floral tape around the stem of the flower, greenery, and baby’s breath. The tape should just cover the stems but should not make the stems too bulky.
Tie a small piece of ribbon around the floral wire, and set the boutonnieres aside.
Select one, three, or five flowers for each corsage. The corsage flowers should either match the flowers in the boutonnieres or be in other appropriate wedding colors. A corsage is more or less a large boutonniere that can be worn on the wrist (as well as on the shoulder or the waist), so the corsages and boutonnieres should complement each other.
Trim all flowers to the length that you want. A corsage worn on the shoulder will have a slightly longer stem, while one worn on the waist or on the wrist will have shorter stems) Be sure to remove thorns from the roses before proceeding. For a one-flower corsage, proceed as with the boutonniere directions, adding a little extra greenery and baby’s breath to make the corsage fuller than the boutonniere.
Use floral tape to wrap each flower stem, a small piece of greenery, and a piece of baby’s breath together. Wrap the stems of three or five flowers together to create a multi-flower corsage. Gather all stems together with a piece of ribbon.
Consider buying a few extra flowers, just in case assembly goes wrong or in case one of the flowers gets ruined. Having extra flowers will prevent a last-minute run to the florist should a shortage occur.
Be sure to place all corsages and boutonnieres in a cool, dry place while you are waiting to use them.