Today we’re talking boutonnieres, the small arrangements traditionally worn by the groom and his groomsmen on the left lapel of their jacket or tuxedo. Although boutonnieres are small, they really can make a big impact! In fact, they’re one of the wedding details you can have a lot of fun with. You can use them to add color or texture to a groom’s ensemble, to reflect your wedding theme, or to add an extra dash of personality. Not all guys are into flowers (and some are allergic to them), so you don’t need to limit yourself just to florals. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of boutonniere ideas available, so here are ten to get you inspired!
Classic florals. The groom traditionally wears a flower from the bride’s bouquet to symbolize their connection, and it’s still a lovely sentiment! You don’t need to stick to the flowers you’re carrying, of course. You can also adapt the boutonniere flower to reflect your groom’s heritage (thistle if his family is Scottish, for example) or the location of your wedding. And a simple white flower on a black suit will always look chic.
Succulents and air plants. There’s something extra modern and masculine about a succulent or air plant boutonniere, and they’re a little more eco friendly too. Perfect for an urban or industrial chic celebration.
Ribbons and ties. A simple twist of ribbon can make an effective boutonniere alternative. Or, if you’re going for a nautical theme, you could use a rope knot instead!
Feathers. Adding feathers to a groom’s boutonniere is a sweet whimsical touch, ideal for a rustic venue or a boho style celebration.
Edible boutonnieres. Fruit and vegetable boutonnieres may sound a little crazy, but they can be super cute! For example, a tiny pineapple for a destination wedding on a tropical beach, or fresh kumquats for a citrus-themed wedding. Herbs are also always a great idea, and will be fragrant as well as beautiful.
Miniature wreaths. A simple miniature wreath fashioned out of greenery makes a festive statement, especially if you’re planning a holiday wedding.
Dried flowers. Pressed and dried flowers are having a real moment in wedding design, and can be incorporated into a groom’s boutonniere as well. Think balsa wood flowers, dried wheat and seed pods, pressed leaves, etc. I especially love this look for a fall celebration.
Rustic accents. If you’re planning a rustic wedding (whatever the season), then rustic accents are a must. Evergreens, tiny pinecones, acorns, berries and burlap can all add to the fairytale forest vibe.
Pins and brooches. A family heirloom is a truly special way to remember a loved one. Brooches, tie pins, hat pins, and even pocket watches can all be made to work well as a boutonniere.
Pocket squares. If you really don’t love the idea of a boutonniere, then ditch it altogether and go with just a classic pocket square instead! Remember, this is your day and there are no rules, so you don’t have to observe this tradition if you don’t want to.
I hope this inspires you to get creative with your groom accessories!
Image by Yvette Roman