How to pin your flower button hole

How to pin your flower button hole

Various styles of buttonholes

We’ve done so many weddings this year and the main thing our Grooms have suffered with is how exactly does a button hole go on a lapel and where.

Anna Petterle of snowdrop weddings and events and Liz Inigo Jones of Blue sky flowers come to the rescue! Some years ago, long before I became a wedding planner, I found myself as a guest at a wedding, pinning a button hole to the suit of my boyfriend at the time, as he was the groom’s best man. Looking back at the photos, I had a funny feeling, something was not quite right…I had managed to pin the button hole to the inside of the suit’s pocket, and the poor little rose was desperately trying to poke its head out of the top, looking miserable.

Years later and lesson learned, here are some simple rules you can follow and tricks you can use to avoid my rookie mistake: Where should the button hole go? The button hole should be placed on the man’s left lapel, just above the heart and horizontally centred. The flowers should rest on or just below the widest part of the lapel. Position the stem so that it’s parallel to the edge of the lapel.

Flower Buttonholes

Left) Photo Jennifer Emerling, Centre) Florals by Blue Sky Flowers, Right) Photo: Sincerely, Liz Photography The how to: There are several methods to secure the button hole to the lapel, the most popular in the UK is to use a round headed pearl pin. Follow these easy steps and you will get a smart, flawless result:

  1. Hold the buttonhole upright, making sure the flowers are pointing towards you.
  2. Lay it flat on the left lapel in the right position, just above the heart.
  3. Now, holding the button hole onto the lapel with your left hand, turn the lapel exposing the back.
  4. With your right hand, thread the pin through the fabric and through the stem just below the flower heads. Finish by threading the pin back in the fabric, as if you were making a stitch, at a slight downward angle. Wiggle the button hole to make sure it’s well attached…and you are done!

How to fit a buttonhole

Image courtesy of La Fleuriste and Christina McNeill Tip: it can be quite difficult to pin your own buttonhole to your suit, so follow these instructions before putting on the jacket or ask someone to help you! Also, if the button hole feels a bit on the heavy side, don’t be afraid to use a second pin to keep it in place. As I mentioned before, there are other solutions to attaching a button hole; a corsage clip pin for example or with a magnet on the buttonhole and a second one placed behind the lapel.

This last option doubles up as children entertainment and saved the day for one of my couples. Their very young and energetic son kept miraculously quiet throughout the ceremony, mesmerised by this new toy! I can recommend both this solutions in specific situations if, for example, the button hole is to be worn by a very young usher, or if you are afraid the pin might damage a delicate fabric.

Rose buttonholes

Florals by Blue Sky Flowers What is the best style of button hole? Traditionally the groom’s button hole is slightly bigger than the one of best men and fathers of the bride and groom and often the design is made so that it feels more special. It’s a good idea to coordinate the choice of colours, flowers and foliage to the style of both the suit and the wedding and to complement the flowers in the bouquet. However, I believe it’s the perfect occasion for the groom to express his personality. I love the use of seed pods, succulents, berries and deep greens and other more masculine details together with flowers. One great rule at this stage is to keep an eye on the proportions of the button hole in relation to you and your suit style.

styles of buttonholes

Florals by Blue Sky Flowers Which flowers look best? You can use a variety of flowers for the button holes, provided they are not too delicate, as they will need to survive the entire day without water. Flowers with a woody stem are best, as the stem has to withstand being pierced. Also, keep allergies in mind and avoid overly scented flowers. The most traditional button holes are made with roses, carnations, lily of the valley or gardenias and look stunning and sophisticated. However, more and more couples choose to incorporate unusual and even exotic flowers in the design, or get creative on the material used to cover the stems or even decide to utilise something completely different, ranging from vegetables, to small objects, to feathers, handmade decorations, origami flowers, and even Lego toys. Here below a little gallery of button holes to get you inspired! You can also click here to see my Pinterest board dedicated to button holes.

Various styles of buttonholes

(L-R, top to bottom: Florals by The Flower Studio, Photo: Elyse Hall Photography; Photo: Aga Jones Photography, Button hole: GlitzNFeathers, Photo: Katherine Newman Photography, Photo:Platt Photography; Florals by JL Designs, photo by Robert Evans, Photo: Kelly Brown Weddings) Tip: choose objects or ideas meaningful to you and your bride! What to do with the button holes after the wedding? There is no set tradition here, so you could donate it to your family as a memory of the day, air dry it upside down, or have it professionally preserved. An interesting option I recently came across is to have a beautiful and lasting print of your flowers made in clay, transforming your button hole (and your bouquet as well) in a piece of art to cherish for year to come.

flower stems

Image courtesy of Tactile Studio Written by Anna Petterle at Snowdrops Weddings and Events www.snowdropsweddingsandevents.com Special contribution by Liz Inigo Jones at Blue Sky Flowers http://blueskyflowers.co.uk/

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