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How to Put on a Boutonniere

Ever get stressed out about how to attach a boutonniere? There's no need being help is on the way and it really isn't that difficult. First, you'll notice that it usually comes with 2 small pins. If your florist only gives you one, ask for another to really make it secure. The flowers should always be facing up. An easy way to remember is that flowers always grow up and so the flowers should point up too!
 Next, place the boutonniere on the left lapel. Look for the button hole to use as a guide. Most suits will have them and this is a good way to remember which side it should be placed on. If it looks nice while you are holding it, keep that location by firmly holding the boutonniere to that part of the lapel.
 While still holding the flowers, grab the lapel and flip it over. Using the first pin, pin through the lapel, then the stem and then back out the lapel. You are basically making an X with your pins. In this case, I have started at the bottom right and gone up to the top left.
 Next, using the other pin, start at the top right and go down to the bottom left. Don't worry about the pins sticking the guy wearing the flowers or anyone who hugs him as the pins will be behind the lapel.
 Now flip the label back over and check your placement. If you like it, then you are golden! If you feel it shifted or the pin is showing, just re-pin making any necessary adjustments. A good tip is the pin should go through the lapel just enough to catch the jacket but not so much that the pin shows from the front. This sometimes takes some practice but after a try or two, you get the feel for it. Feel free to apply the boutonniere while the jacket is laying down or hung on a chair if this makes you feel better. It's always easier to do it on someone else than it is on your own lapel.
Now if you've followed the above instructions and your florist has made you a nice, sturdy boutonniere it should stay on the whole day for you! Remember, people love hugs, but flowers get crushed, so lean into your hugs with your right shoulder, especially if you haven't had your pictures taken yet!!

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