The Ultimate Guide To Boutonnieres (2024)

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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

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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

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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

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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.


The Ultimate Guide To Boutonnieres (2024)


What are the tips for boutonnieres? ›

  1. Step 1): ...
  2. Boutonnieres go on the LEFT lapel with the flower facing TOWARDS you. ...
  3. Your boutonniere should come with one or two pins. ...
  4. Diagonally, pin the bout through the thickest part of the flower.
  5. Continuing the diagonal angle, push the pin back through the lapel. ...
  6. Do the shake test.

Which two flowers are perfect for boutonnieres? ›

Roses - Roses are a classic choice for boutonnieres, and they come in a wide range of colors and sizes to fit any wedding theme. Carnations - Carnations are another classic option for boutonnieres, and they are available in a variety of colors, including white, pink, and red.

Is the girl supposed to buy the boutonniere? ›

Boutonnieres. Proper etiquette dictates that the girl buys a boutonniere for her date. Boutonnieres are one or two blossoms of flowers to be worn on the left lapel of his jacket. The girl pins the boutonniere on her date's jacket when he arrives to pick her up for the dance.

What is the etiquette for boutonnieres? ›

The boutonniere should always be placed on the left lapel, parallel to the edge outer seam, and right in the middle of the two seams. Formerly, jackets had a buttonhole on the left lapel solely to drop flower stems in.

How do you make a boutonniere step by step? ›

How to Make a Boutonnière
  1. Step 1: Look at Inspiration. You may already know exactly what design you want for your boutonnière, but if not, it'll take a bit of research. ...
  2. Step 2: Choose Your Blooms. ...
  3. Step 3: Cut and Clean Your Stems. ...
  4. Step 4: Create Your Arrangement. ...
  5. Step 5: Wrap and Trim. ...
  6. Step 6: Store Until the Ceremony.
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How many flowers should be in a boutonniere? ›

Corsages and boutonnieres can have 1 or up to 5 flowers. They can be of any color and a combination of colors.

What is the most popular boutonniere? ›

Roses speak volumes and are the most popular choice due to their natural beauty. Whether you choose traditional roses or spray roses, you can pair them with baby's breath, waxflowers, and greenery, or use a single flower boutonniere.

What is the most popular type of boutonniere? ›

Types of Boutonnieres

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.

What should a boutonniere look like? ›

Boutonnieres should have at least one blossom or accent from the bouquet, and a color that is used in other flowers, linens, or decor.

What does a boutonniere symbolize? ›

The word boutonnière derives from the French word for "buttonhole flower". Similar to a wedding bouquet, in the 16th century, boutonnières were used to ward off bad luck and evil spirits. It was also used to keep bad scents away and was believed to protect against diseases.

Are boutonnieres out of style? ›

Although some people believe that boutonnieres are out of style, they are still seen at many weddings and can add a touch of elegance to the groom's attire. While boutonnieres remain a staple for traditional weddings, there are alternatives nowadays. Opinions vary on the current style status of boutonnieres.

Who pays for corsage and boutonniere? ›

Traditionally, the guy pays for the corsage and the girl pays for the boutonniere, as each person is gifting the flowers to their date. However, it's common for couples dating for awhile to choose their flowers together or for one half of the pair to place the order for both to ensure the flowers coordinate.

Are boutonnieres a must? ›

Totally your choice. There is no right or wrong. While I enjoy making corsages and boutonnieres, they are a lot of work. Kind of like tiny little flower arrangements that take a lot of abuse through the day, and need to be sturdy enough to last.

Do boutonnieres go bad? ›

How long do boutonnieres and corsages last? Boutonnieres and corsages made with fresh flowers typically hold up for one evening of use.

What color boutonniere? ›

Start with the color: White, green, and yellow are all popular shades. Another great way to balance out a boutonnière is with the addition of bold greenery.

How should corsages and boutonnieres be worn? ›

The simple answer is that a corsage is typically worn by the woman on her left chest(pin-on) or wrist(wristlet) while the boutonniere is worn by the man on his left lapel. There are several different styles of corsages and boutonnieres which can be customized to match the dress color.

How long should the stem be on a boutonniere? ›

Prepare your flowers

Then using the flower cutter cut the stem of the flowers at a length approximately between 1-3 inches, depending on the length that fits the size of your boutonniere. After you've trimmed and cut your flowers, use some flower tape and start wrapping each stem tightly and downwards.

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