Corsage and Boutonnière

Wrist Corsage

What is the difference between a corsage and boutonnière?

Corsage refers to a bouquet of flowers worn on a woman's dress or worn around her wrist.

A boutonnière is a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower or bud. The word comes from the French boutonnière, or buttonhole, which is the British term. Traditionally the flower itself was a carnation, which is most formal white, while red remains a classic alternative. Other colours were also chosen to better coordinate with whatever else worn.

Boutonnière made with rolled rose petals and foliage

While worn frequently in the past, boutonnières are now usually reserved for special occasions for which formal wear is standard, such as at proms, homecomings, funerals, and weddings. (Women who wear jackets on these occasions also often may wear 'buttonholes', but more typically a woman would wear a corsage.)

Today's most clients ask for orchids, roses, callas and original frills and designs.

Corsage Etiquette

Corsages are often worn by the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom at a wedding ceremony in some countries and it is the flower worn on a young woman's clothing or wrist for the homecoming celebration or other formal occasions such as prom in some schools around the world.


White rose boutonniere with wire tie
White lisianthus boutonniere with fern
White mini carnations boutonniere with berries
Green buttons boutonniere with tie
Gypsophilia boutonniere with twisted galax leaves
Calla Lily boutonniere with edera leaves

Wedding Corsages

To make your own wedding corsage or prom look corsage the best way is to find a good florist who can match your style and do it for you.

I will publish later tips for those wishing to make their flower corsages.

Check our wedding planner tips for planning a wedding.

White mini roses corsage with accents of caspia and ribbon
White mini roses corsage with accents of caspia and ribbon
Red mini roses corsage with accents of of eucalyptus berries and ribbon
Red mini roses corsage with accents of beriies and ribbon

Flower Resources

Stock Boutonniere for man
Mini white carnations boutonniere
boutonniere made with Hedera, berries, leaf
Boutanniere made with alstromeria flowers
Calla Lily boutanniere