How much consideration should you give boutonnieres for a special occasion? After all, bouquets, corsages, and other flowers tend to get most of the attention. Recently, however, grooms, groomsmen, and prom dates attract notice with wonderfully inventive and beautiful boutonnieres. Of course, guys want thoughtful boutonniere ideas that match their style.
The customary wedding boutonniere is a single flower, traditionally one found in the bride’s bouquet, worn on the left lapel below the tie knot, but above the breast pocket. Today, creative designers craft boutonnieres that the groom appreciates as much as any bride does her flowers. Julio Freitas of The Flower Hat notes, “Besides a bridal bouquet, boutonnieres are my favorite thing to do. I feel like they have a story to tell, and look forward to making them every time.”
While single blossoms or buds reflecting a partner’s flowers or clothing colors still hold their own, bouts now include berries, seed pods, succulents, ferns, and fall leaves. And the occasional artifact (think shotgun shell) also bumps up their character.
Find your boutonniere’s story and gather boutonniere ideas with more than two-dozen from the pages of FLOWER magazine and some of our favorite Instagrammers.
Boutonniere Ideas for Weddings and Proms
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Autumn maple leaf boutonnieres with scabiosa pods and berries met the bride’s wish that they be “masculine, funky, and natural.” Floral design by Samuel Franklin. Photo by Clark Brewer
Bold, pink ranunculus boutonniere made with green hypericum berries and black satin ribbon. Floral design by Verbena Floral Design. Photo by Jen Dillender
Amy Merrick shows how to make a wreath using some of nature’s little surprises.
Learn to make this with step-by-step video instructions at How To Make A Boutonniere.
See Meet Tara Guérard for a Q&A and more of her designs.