- Have no fear: Do not be afraid to be an individual. Wear a boutonniere because you want to.
- Size Matters: If you’re a small man, wear small flowers. If you’re a large man, consider something that is more befitting your size.
- Ladies First: A boutonniere is a single flower or a small collection of tiny blooms; never wear something unwieldy.
Wedding season 2013 is in full swing, and trends abound this year as much as they did last year. This year, one of the trends that stands out the most are different boutonnieres on whatever the guys are wearing. Whether a casual beach wedding or an elegant affair at church, all grooms, groomsmen, and special male family members are usually outfitted with boutonnieres to denote their importance to the event.
Traditionally, a groom has worn a flower on his lapel to match the colors of his bride's bouquet and her overall décor. However, boutineers like all other wedding elements are changing to include more of the groom's desires as he becomes more and more involved in the wedding planning process.
Wedding season 2013 brings lots more wearable flowers for men and women alike. Brides are seen wearing flowers in their hair and flower girls may have special skirt or sash flowers. Exotic blossoms and non-traditional foliage are paired with the usual suspects this season to create visual interest and defined lines. We are seeing all these trends for boutonniere as well.
Floral designers have been challenged and have succeded in “manning up” personal flowers for the guys. Boutonniere can represent personality by showcasing the groom's hobbies and intertests. Elements like suede, bark, brass and animal feathers are used to ground the pieces with more masculine tones. Earthy substances like pinecones, acorns, and cotton are used in the same way. Thistle, succulents and herbs still set the men's flowers apart while blending with the ladies.
Boutonniere are worn to set these special men apart from other wedding participants, and this year's floral trends do a great job in representing a man's point of view.
A boutonniere is a collection of one or two small flowers pinned to the left lapel of a tuxedo or suit. There are men who will dismiss the boutonniere as feminine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Great noblemen, warriors, and poets have worn flowers for over a thousand years. Soldiers headed to war have proudly worn flowers on their chests. In the United States every January, two of college football’s best teams square off wearing roses on their uniforms. The winners of our greatest athletic events are congratulated with bouquets of flowers. We even honor our fallen with poppies and other blooms.
Most men will only wear a boutonniere on special occasions like prom, anniversaries or a wedding. It is normally worn on the left lapel of a suit, sport jacket, blazer or overcoat. The boutonniere is always attached above a man’s heart, and it should be worn in the lapel’s button-hole.
Color choice of the boutonniere is important. Flowers should match the general color scheme of the wedding. Traditionally for proms, the woman purchases the boutonniere for her date. This allows her to select colors appropriate to her dress. When in doubt, a boutonniere made with a white rose, can usually go with virtually any other color, or any tuxedo style the man chooses.
Start with putting the boutonniere below the lapel. If it is a bigger boutonniere, place it a little lower on the lapel so it isn’t in his face. Place the boutonniere on the lapel and then fold the lapel over.
Stick the pin thru the bottom up.
Doing the same thing with the second pin, make an X with the pins.
And there you go. A perfect, lay-flat, no-flop, boutonniere!
Photos courtesy of Chelan Bride.
When wearing a boutonniere you should also consider:
Have no fear: Do not be afraid to be an individual. Wear a boutonniere because you want to.
Size Matters: If you’re a small man, wear small flowers. If you’re a large man, consider something that is more befitting your size.
Ladies First: A boutonniere is a single flower or a small collection of tiny blooms; never wear something unwieldy.