The Ultimate Guide To Boutonnieres

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Chances are, if you are here, you are looking to know a few things about Boutonnieres. Every wedding i have the honor of photographing, there is always one sure thing that happens…helping put on all the damn boutonnieres! So, Get ready to learn everything you need to know about this fancy chest garnish in this Ultimate Guide To Boutonnieres.

First off, what the heck is a boutonniere? It’s a small flower arrangement worn by the groom on the lapel of their suits or tux on special occasions, particularly weddings. They have a long been a traditional part of weddings, but they can also be a cool and personalized accessory to complete your wedding ensemble.

But before we start, have you thought about who will capture you when you are looking dapper AF on your wedding day? Hi, I’m TJ, and I would love to learn all about you and what you’re cooking up for you wedding. And hey, while we’re at it, let’s make sure those boutonnieres are looking sharp too.

History of Boutonnieres

The word “boutonniere” comes from the French word “boutonnière,” which means buttonhole. They were first worn in the 16th century when men used to wear flowers in the buttonholes of their jackets as a symbol of their allegiance to a particular political faction. Over time, the practice became more fashionable, and became a popular accessory for special occasions that you see today.

Types of Boutonnieres

You wouldn’t think there are more than one type of boutonniere, but there are several types that you can choose from. The most popular types include:

  • Single Bloom: This is the most common type. It consists of a single flower, usually a rose or a carnation, with some greenery.
  • Cluster: This type consists of multiple small flowers or blooms arranged in a cluster.
  • Theme: This boutonniere is designed to match the theme of the event. For example, if the event has a beach theme, th
  • ey may include seashells or starfish.
  • Herbal: This boutonniere includes herbs, such as rosemary or lavender, and is often used for rustic or bohemian weddings.
  • Pocket: This dapper look, pop out of the breast pocket combining a vibrant pocket square with fresh flowers can really stand out.

If you are looking for some more boutonniere ideas, check out this guide on 50 boutonniere ideas for any wedding style.

How To Wear A Boutonniere

Attaching one is a simple process, but it’s important to do it correctly to ensure that it stays in place throughout your wedding. Here are the steps to follow when attaching a boutonniere:

  1. Make sure that the stem is clean and free of any leaves or thorns.
  2. Hold the boutonniere by the stem with one hand and the lapel of the jacket or suit with the other hand.
  3. Position it on the left lapel of the jacket or suit so that the bloom is facing up and slightly angled towards the shoulder.
  4. Insert the stem through the buttonhole of the lapel.
  5. If the buttonhole is too small or non-existent, you can use a pin to secure the stem to the lapel. Insert the pin through the stem and the lapel, making sure not to poke through the other side of the fabric.
  6. Adjust the position so that it’s straight and level with the lapel.
  7. Make sure that is secure and won’t fall off during the event.

Boutonniere Care

To keep your daring chest enhancement looking it’s finest, i recommend the following tips.

  • Store in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to wear it.
  • Keep away from water.
  • Avoid crushing the petals or blooms.
  • Remove at the end of the event and dispose of it properly.

Boutonniere FAQs

Here are some handy frequently asked questions about boutonnieres.

Do the groomsmen wear a different boutonniere?

These gents can wear a boutonniere, but not the same as the groom. Theirs should be a little different — or at least smaller — than the groom’s, while still following the same style and color palette.

Does anyone else wear a boutonniere at the wedding?

Fathers and grandfathers generally receive a boutonniere, as well. These can be in the same style as the groom or groomsmen, or completely different — it’s entirely up to you.

Who pins the boutonniere on the groom?

Typically, the best man or one of the groom’s parents will secure the boutonnière on the groom’s jacket. But, Gardenia admits that’s usually just for the photo op. Since they can be a little tricky to get just right, a stylist, planner, or florist on hand will usually do the final pin.

To Wrap Things Up

Boutonnieres are a classic accessory that can add just the right amount of kick to your wedding style. With this ultimate guide to boutonnieres, you now have everything you need to know to choose the perfect one for your Wedding.

And hey, if you cared this much about a boutonniere for your wedding, chances are you probably care even more for your wedding photography. My name is TJ and I help couples just like you elevate their wedding and embrace their story with relaxed, candid, and real wedding photography. I would love to have a quick chat and learn all about you and what you are cooking up for your wedding.

Connecticut-based wedding photographer TJ Ladzinski is your adventure catalyst. With infectious enthusiasm and an easygoing spirit, he transforms every moment into cherished memories.

A storyteller at heart, TJ's work has been awarded and featured in several wedding publications. His dedication to capturing authentic moments and creating a joyful atmosphere for his couples is evident in the photographs and experience he produces.

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