Boutonnieres can really help pull the elements of your wedding together, much like your bouquet. And just like your bouquet, you are not restricted to just flowers. I’ve created a Pinboard full of gorgeous and unique alternatives to the traditional floral boutonniere.
Inspiration for types of boutonnieres is endless. Bring your personality into it. Is your groom a techie? Use bits of circuit boards in his boutonniere. Does he cringe at the thought of wearing flowers? Why not try fresh herbs (also great if your mister is a chef!)? Looking for a way to remember dearly departed loved ones? I love the idea of using a frame brooch in place of a boutonniere!
If you plan to create them yourself here are a few tips to keep in mind:
If you plan to use fresh flowers, do your research. Not all flowers hold up well outside of water. I’ve seen many a wilted boutonniere by the end of the ceremony.
Size matters. It is a delicate balance between too big and too small. Test out the size before committing to a final design. And so does weight. Make sure it isn’t too heavy to stay in place.
Think about pinning. And this time, I am not referring to Pinterest. The thicker the stem of your boutonniere, the more difficult it will be to pin on. I once had a wedding with the florals done by King Florist and they put backs on the boutonnieres like you would find on the back of a name tag. Easiest boutonnieres I have ever pinned!
Placement is everything. You’ve got all of your elements together, make sure to pin the boutonniere in the proper spot – neither too high or too low. If there is a button-hole on the lapel of the jacket, that is the spot!