The boutonniere – buttonhole en Français – has long represented masculinity, sophistication, and stylish creative expression. Today an integral part of every dapper groom’s get-up, the possibilities for boutonnieres are virtually limitless, as more and more men are vouching for unpredictable bouts in a wide variety of colors and shapes.
While your man may not be up all night perusing Pinterest for his perfect floral contribution, there are plenty of exciting options when designing a boutonniere that compliments your bouquet and overall color palette.
“The bride’s bouquet is one of our main focuses as floral designers, so we always love to have a little fun with the groom’s boutonniere!” says our Creative Director, Lindsay Saltz, “We almost always take a flower that’s featured in the bridal bouquet so that they complement each other. Most importantly, the flower has to be sturdy. It’s always tempting to use something like Sweet Pea or Cosmos – something unique; but we have to be practical so that the boutonniere still looks lovely by the time they say I do.”
“Aside from choosing the flower, there are a lot of fun and unique ways to dress it up. The ribbon we choose is probably the most obvious accessory to the bloom. There are so many options and textures to choose from but the goal is to have it stand out, while still matching with the bridal bouquet and overall wedding design.
Last, the greenery we pair with the bloom is another way to add some pizzazz. We try to always choose something unique and that has some texture – something that was also used in the bridal bouquet.”
Boutonnieres originated during the War of the Roses, a decades long series of wars fought for control of the British throne. Men showed their support of either The House of Lancaster or The House of York by sporting a red or white rose, respectively. Lo and behold, the tradition stuck long after the Lancastrian victory.