Best Boutonnières: Ideas and How-To

Blooms for the boys: a do or a don’t? And where did that idea come from anyway?

The tradition of using flowers in bouquets, corsages and boutonnières originated in the Greek times, when fragrant flowers and herbs were thought to ward off evil spirits. Today, boutonnières are less of a good-luck charm and more of a fashion statement—but they’re still very popular in weddings.

Whether a boutonnière is worn by the groom only, or by fathers, grandfathers and groomsmen too, it can be a nice accent to a suit jacket and a way to tie in the colors or flowers in the bouquets. Plus, with all of the unique and modern ideas for materials, they can be a great way to show personal style!

However, bouts are not a necessity, and it doesn’t mean the wedding is less formal without; it’s definitely up to the style of the couple!

If you’re in the camp of “the more flowers the better,” or if you think that guys just don’t look fully dressed until they have flowers on their lapels, then we have some great boutonnière ideas here for you!

Succulents and twine, with Grandpa’s war medal, via Green Wedding Shoes

Colored succulents and small pink peonies, via Style Me Pretty

Natural green pine, succulent leaves and seeds, via Style Me Pretty

Cotton balls, wheat and dried flowers, via Style Me Pretty

Pink and dark red with lots of greenery, via 100 Layer Cake

Shades of yellow and green in all different materials, via Marin Kristine

Want to know how to make  your own boutonnières? (You know our Brideology blogger and DIY-er does!) Here are a few simple tips to follow:

1) Prepare all the stems by cleaning, taking off extra leaves and cutting them into 3-inch pieces.

2) Start by laying down the greenery or accent materials in a slight fan shape. Then layer on the main flowers to overlap slightly below the greenery.

3) Use floral tape to wrap the stems together, starting at the top and working toward the bottom of the stems. Add more flowers and wrap again as needed.

4) Depending on the type of flowers and the sturdiness of the stems, you may want to add wire to make it stronger. If so, lay the wire vertically, along the stems, and then fold over at the top, so that it’s hidden among the blooms.

5) Wrap a ribbon or thread around the tape to cover it and secure it with a small dot of hot glue on the back. Then add a large pin that will be used to pin on lapel.

We’re curious: do you (or did you?) plan to use boutonnières? If so, what style?

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