You couldn’t be happier with the bouquets you and your bridesmaids will be carrying down the aisle. Now, there’s just one more item to take care of before you can cross “wedding flowers” off the TO DO list – choosing the boutonnieres.
The custom of men wearing flowers can be traced all the way back to 2000 B.C., when the Aztecs wore brightly-colored blooms to show their allegiance during times of war. In wedding culture, the groom wears a flower from his bride’s bouquet to symbolize his bond with her. He also gives each of his groomsmen a flower to wear on the left side, just above their heart.
Aesthetically, boutonnieres look fantastic, adding a dash of color, style, and personality to the traditional wedding tuxedo. Looking for boutonniere inspiration? We rounded up our favorite looks from Real BB Weddings.
For a wedding at the Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, the groom wore a garden inspired boutonniere featuring a single Alejandra peach rose accented with seeded eucalyptus and wrapped with black ribbon.
Looking very romantic, the groom wore a lovely blush-hued ranunculus and pink wax flower boutonniere to match his bride’s bouquet at their Essex House wedding.
This groom made a bold statement at his Studio 450 wedding by wearing a boutonniere that featured a vibrant pink mini gerbera daisy accented with a yellow mimosa and lily grass.
This groom’s boutonniere, fashioned with a white mini dahlia complemented with lavender and silver dollar eucalyptus, was picture perfect for an outdoor wedding at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
How dapper does this white anemone with greenery accent boutonniere look against the rich blue of the groom’s suit at his Bowery Hotel wedding?
Rose with Greenery
For a wedding at the Ryland Inn, the groom’s lapel showed off an ivory garden rose accented with eucalyptus and ruscus. Mixing whimsy and elegance, the groomsmen’s boutonnieres featured an ivory spray rose, dusty miller, and a scabiosa pod.
Ranunculus with Greenery and Gold Ribbon
Exchanging vows at the Manhattan Penthouse, the groom wore a lavish boutonniere presenting two cream ranunculus complemented with greenery accents and gold satin ribbon.
Nothing could have been more fitting for a fairytale spring wedding at the Hudson Hotel Rooftop than seeing the men with exquisite pink and white spray roses adorning their tuxedos.
Ranunculus with Astilbe and Jasmine
The groom’s boutonniere of white ranunculus, astilbe, and jasmine vine had an old-fashioned feel to it, which was most fitting for a wedding at the Bourne Mansion.
Succulents add fresh shape and texture to wedding florals. For a wedding at the Prospect Park Picnic House, the groom wore a lush succulent boutonniere accented with seeded eucalyptus.
Ranunculus with Greenery
The contrast between the petite white ranunculus and dark greenery of this boutonniere portrayed a natural elegance that was just right for a wedding at the Alger House.
Wedding blooms are not only beautiful to look at. The flowers you have at your wedding bear symbolic meaning and serve as a decorative feature that brings together the entire look and atmosphere of the ceremony and reception. And as you can see, even small details like boutonnieres are important to creating the overall style and feel of the most exciting day of your life!