Best flower choices—and beyond—for boutonnieres
The sky’s the limit when it comes to the cost of wedding flowers. Average estimates from The Knot suggest 8 percent of the bridal budget is spent on flowers and floral decor—that’s more than $2,000 for the typical wedding.
Yet just a fraction of that is spent on the groom’s boutonniere. Let’s take a closer look at this small but elegant wedding detail.
Tradition and modernity
Traditionally a pop of color off a black tuxedo, the boutonniere is a star detail on the groom’s lapel and is worn by groomsmen and other significant players in the wedding party.
Today’s boutonnieres show off class or hipster cool depending on the flower choice. They even can advertise hobbies or personality traits. A quick Pinterest search shows boutonnieres fashioned from playing cards or paper slot machines, as well as all kinds of crafty alternatives to flowers.
The classic boutonniere is a white or red rose, either a single bloom by itself or with a bit of foliage or a small grouping of roses.
In addition to standard and spray roses, popular picks also include cymbidium and dendrobium orchids and mini calla lilies.
When choosing flowers for a boutonniere, it’s nice to incorporate something from the bridal bouquet for a complementary effect.
A modern-styled groom can choose an eye-catching alternative such as a succulent rosette with added texture and color. Another unconventional and masculine look bands together a trio of equisetum (horsetail) with a ribbon or twine and topped with a flower of choice, such as an orchid or a spray of lavender.
Tips for any boutonniere
Incorporating any flower into a boutonniere is possible, but the best options are both light and long-lasting, a combination that sometimes clashes. If choosing an easily bruised flower such as lisianthus, lily of the valley or gardenia, consider ordering a spare. The gardenia is especially delicate and turns brown when bruised.
Regardless of the flower choice, the cost of the boutonniere is mostly labor. Wiring the flower for staying power is critical for boutonniere success.
—Melissa Erickson | More Content Now