{ Wedding Inspiration } The Boutonniere

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At pretty much every wedding, there are bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres that are worn by the Bridal Party. Sometimes they are very formal, but other times they have a little bit of whimsy to them, depending on what kind of wedding it is.  I personally think that a boutonniere is a great place for the groom to add some of his own personality into the flowers.  After all, if you are the bride, you probably chose the bouquet of flowers you're carrying because you love them, right?  From the colors to the styles and the textures, there's a pretty good chance you selected most of what you'll be holding as you walk down the aisle.  The majority of the time, the groom has a boutonniere to complement you, and that's etiquette-ly correct!  However, it would also be great if you infused his personality with yours into your bouquet, so that the two of you can complement each other.  Or, make it something he is excited to wear, rather than something that he has to wear.

Historically, boutonnieres were originally called "button hole flowers", as they were tucked into the button holes on the lapels of men's jackets.  They were created to do the same thing as bridal bouquets, which is to ward off evil spirits, bad smells, and diseases.  Most men's jackets even used to have small hidden vases built right into the lapel - can you imagine that?

Etiquette-wise, the groom's boutonniere should be slightly different than the groomsmen, the Father of the Bride, and the rest of the fabulous men featured on the wedding day.  However, nowhere does it say they can't have a little fun twist added in.  See a few of my favorites below that are a little different than the norm ...

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I love the one on the left because it is still handsome and rugged looking.  With the fiddlehead fern curling out beside the greenery, it's not a typical "flower" boutonniere.   The one in the middle is a succulent, which is actually a cactus.  I am pretty sure that if a guy gets to wear a cactus, he'll be happy.  And then on the right, you have the beautiful orchid, but it is surrounded by rope.  This would be better for a wedding perhaps with a nautical or boating theme, but it still would be great for a gentleman who loves to be on the water.

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These two are probably more fun inspired - but can you guess what's so unique about the one on the left?  The guitar pick boutonniere on the right side would be great for a guy who loves to play a guitar (or, if that is a bit much for you, placing a guitar pick into a boutonniere that has flowers mixed in as well would be great!)

The one on the left is actually a flower, yes, but then also has dried wheat and hops added to it, which may perhaps be a favorite of many gentlemen, because those items are actually used to make beer.  How fun would that be?

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And lastly, who says that the ring bearer has to blend in with everyone else?  I love this idea shown here, to have the little guy wear one of his favorite toys built onto the boutonniere of his very own.  Who said that legos aren't wedding appropriate?  I would be willing to bet that that would be a boutonniere that a little boy would love to wear.

Don't be afraid to think "outside of the box" when it comes to wedding details.  There is no rule stating that you have to have things just a certain way.  It is your wedding, where your personalities can be shown in as many different ways as you would like.  Why not add a special detail into the boutonnieres as well?

For more boutonnieres, along with bouquet ideas, check out my Pinterest board here !

Happy Planning!




Featured Image // Collage 1 left, middle, right // Collage 2 left and right // Ring Bearer