The Boutonnière, a small arrangement but a grand gesture. The word boutonnière, as you might have guessed comes from the French, it translates roughly to button hole flower.
The boutonnière dates back civilizations although the exact origin us unclear. Some scholars say the bout goes as far back as the ancient civilizations when men wore a specific color bloom to show support for players or teams in sporting events. Others claim, the boutonnière was worn by the British during civil war times to distinguish friend from foe. It wasn't until the 19th century that boutonnières were worn simply as a lapel accessory to spruce up a man's outfit. Similar to the bridal bouquet, the groom wore a boutonnière to ward off bad smells, disease, and evil spirits.
Modern Traditions and Etiquette:
Flowers symbolize the VIPs of the wedding party. Today, it is tradition the groom, groomsmen, and other honored male guests wear a boutonnière. The boutonnière is traditionally worn on the left lapel of the suit jacket. A small bloom with a few different types of foliage, finished with a silk half wrap tie, is my favorite way to make a boutonnière. However, there are tons of fun ways to design the bout. It is proper etiquette that the groom wear a slightly different boutonnière than his groomsmen traditionally one that matches his bride.
In the end there is no right or wrong way to design your wedding flowers. Boutonnières included. As long as you and your loved ones are happy that is all that really matters, right?
Take a look at some our favorite boutonnières deigned by yours truly.