7 Unique Boutonniere Ideas
Boutonniere (from French - boutonnière) literally means "a flower in a buttonhole". Its first use dates back to the ancient Roman brides who pinned a flower from their bouquet as a sign of great and sincere love to the beloved’s garment. In Ancient Greece, clothes were decorated with special flowers and grasses, which were "responsible" for the freshness of the feelings and loyalty of their beloved ones. In Europe, the girl decorated a guy she cared about with a flower from her bouquet. Boutonniere as a decorating flower in its modern form was first used by the English Prince Albert at his own wedding. Since then, the decorations have changed and became real works of art. Today, to make these amazing mini-compositions, we use not only flowers (live and artificial) but also herbs, branches, mesh, beads, rhinestones, ribbons, berries and many other floral materials. As professional photographers having covered hundreds of wedding, we noticed that the typical and predictable boutonnieres made of fresh flowers worn by the men lose life by mid day, they start to flop, twist and droop. This is clearly reflected in the final images we produce. Also, some are a struggle to pin on the lapel with complicated pins, delicate flowers etc. This has become a hassle and annoyance. Thus, we wanted to suggest other alternatives to fresh flower boutonnieres, these are:
1. Wooden Accessories
What can emphasize mens brave character more than a wooden boutonniere accompanied by natural materials? It perfectly completes groom’s image and reveals his natural male charisma.
2. Wire Art, Lettering
Those longing for extra sophistication, might want to add wire art or lettering pieces. These will highlight grooms elegance and exquisiteness in an extraordinary way.
3. Groom and Groomsmen Hobbies
Being yourself is always important. Your hobby is what best tells about your personality and character. Don’t be shy to stand out and try to incorporate hobby elements into groom and groomsmen boutonnieres.
4. Acorns and Leaves
Loving nature? Make sure every details fits the chosen style. A boutonniere featuring acorns, leaves or little branches will definitely make groom and groomsmen shine.
5. Succulents and eucalyptus
If you’re the one staying on top of the trends, play around with eucalyptus and succulents as main elements of your boutonniere. These will beautifully express your creativeness and elegance at the same time.
Little feathers are a thing. Intricate but brave souls will definitely stick with this choice. Fitting the majority of styles, this element is what’s going to express your desire for freedom and lightness.
These are typically worn by women, but also appropriate for men if the right one is selected. Go grab them if you want groom and groomsmen to shine with ultimate elegancy on this special day.