Boutonnieres or buttonholes are the decorative flowers pinned to the groom’s lapel and will usually be in the colour theme that matches other arrangements or the bride’s bouquet. Alternatives are to give the groomsmen and bridesmaids similar flowers and the bride and groom something different. While a simple freesia and fern may smell lovely, there are all kinds of alternatives and some grooms may prefer to just have a coloured waistcoat and handkerchief in their top pocket rather than any flowers.
If flowers are going to be used then try and make the boutonnieres as interesting as possible, with the addition of small succulents, vivid ribbons, seed heads, feathers and more sculptural elements which are all able to be utilised in this scale of arrangement. Three pastel roses tied with grey satin ribbon looks understated and sophisticated, while shapes such as the ball-like craspedia are a fun touch and would work nicely with a balloon wedding motif. Heathers, acorns, teasels, wired elements, leaves, corks and even bottle tops can all add interest to the boutonnieres, and as there are only a few required they are easily something that could be put together by the couple ahead of the day, particularly
when using dried flowers rather than fresh blooms. Handmade origami or paper flowers with rustic hessian leaves tied with waxed string can look great for a relaxed wedding and can add a personal touch if they are made from pages of the couple’s favourite books or a printed poem. If fresh flowers are preferred, make sure to speak with your florist well in advance in case anything needs to be specially ordered or a seasonal alternative sourced. You should also leave time to see a finished example of any floral arrangements to make sure that you are happy with the design and the amount of flowers you will get.