How to Pin a Boutonniere: Step-by-Step Guide

a groom getting his boutonniere pinned before a wedding

Your Step by Step Guide

The Materials Needed:

  • Boutonniere
  • Straight pin or boutonniere pin

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Locate the Placement Area:
  • The boutonniere should be pinned on the left lapel of the jacket or suit.
  • Find the buttonhole or the middle of the left lapel.
  • Position the Boutonniere:
  • Hold the boutonniere against the lapel, with the flower facing outward and the stem pointing down.
  • Ensure it sits at a slight angle, with the bloom at or just below the widest part of the lapel.
  • Insert the Pin:
  • Starting from behind the lapel, push the pin through the fabric near the top of the boutonniere’s stem.
  • Angle the pin downward as you go through the stem to secure it in place.
  • Secure the Pin:
  • Push the pin back through the lapel fabric, creating a slight stitch-like pattern.
  • Ensure the pin is not visible from the front and that it holds the boutonniere firmly.
  • Adjust to make the Boutonniere stable :
  • Make sure the boutonniere is snug and doesn’t droop.
  • You can use a second pin if necessary, inserting it in a similar fashion lower on the stem for extra stability.
  • Final Touches:
  • Straighten the flower and adjust any leaves or decorative elements to ensure they look perfect.
  • Check that the boutonniere is securely fastened and sits comfortably.


  • For thicker lapels, you might need a longer pin.
  • Be careful not to poke yourself or the wearer when inserting the pin.
  • If the boutonniere is heavy or bulky, use two pins for added security.

By following these steps, you can confidently pin a boutonniere, ensuring it stays in place and looks great throughout the event.