10 Unusual & Creative Boutonniere Ideas

By Felicity Newburry

So much thought is always put into creating perfect and unique bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, but little seems to be put into the boutonnieres! Too often, boutonnieres are made up of a sprig of the main blossom with a ribbon. We say it’s time for a change! Why not put just as much thought into creating wonderful, one-of-a-kind boutonnieres? To get the creative ball rolling, we’ve put together 10 different ideas to help you (or your florist) create some truly unique buttonholes. Read on for inspiration!​


1. For lovers of the outdoors…

Perhaps he loves hunting or maybe the two of you love to spend time in the great outdoors spotting wild life. This is something you can also pay homage to in your boutonnieres by skipping flowers altogether and using feathers! You could even make a trip of it by going on a walk to find the very feathers you’ll clean up and use!

2. For lovers of books…

Did the two of you meet in a bookstore? Was it the love of a shared novel that brought you together? Emulate this in the men's boutonnieres! Use pages from that special text to create artful buttonhole flowers. The beauty of creating paper blossoms is they can be a fun D.I.Y venture!

3. For lovers of their homeland…

Whether you’re getting married in your homeland or abroad, a wonderful way for patriots to pay homage to the origins is to use their country’s flower in their button hole. If you’re proud kiwis, this could mean use of the fern. If you’re Scottish or English, then the Scotch Thistle or the English Rose would be wonderful and special!

4. For lovers of craft…

Consider sitting down with your beloved to make boutonnieres together that are completely unique toyour special interests. An example is if the groom is a guitarist, you could use guitar picks and guitar strings in the boutonnieres!

5. For lovers of their origins…

>Perhaps the two of you grew up in the backcountry, surrounded by barley and dandelions. A great idea is to base your boutonnieres on these flowers. No matter what you choose, if the boutonnieres are flowers from where you grew up, they will absolutely be unique to you.

6. For lovers of the sea…

>Perhaps you’re a couple who loves to sail or maybe you’re surfers. This is something you can also use to make your boutonnieres unique! Try tying in sea stars or nautical compasses into your boutonnieres. The world is your oyster!

7. For lovers of the vine…

>A really neat idea for finishing off a floral boutonniere is to thread the stems into a wine cork! To take this unique boutonniere style up a notch, you could even have the wine corks printed with your initials.

8. For lovers of the juicy and sweet…

>Wouldn’t it be great if after sporting your boutonniere for a day, you didn’t have to throw it out or let it dry out? Wouldn’t it be great if you could, say, eat it? Making them out of delicious berries is the ultimate way to get value for money and time spent on your boutonnieres and it is definitely something not often done!

9. For lovers of glam…

Slowly making its way into trendiness is the brooch boutonniere. Consider finding beautiful, large brooches for the men of the wedding party to don in place of a floral boutonniere. It’s classy and will certainly be unique!

10. For lovers of quirkiness…

Nothing says “quirky” quite as much as succulent boutonniere. Strange plants that are usually confined to little pots on the kitchen windowsill, succulents add a flare of non-conventionalism to any wedding arrangement.

 



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