Boutonnières: From Past to Present

September 12th, 2011 by Karen Pan | Comment

Boutonnières are common in weddings today but where did they come from? Well the term boutonnière is actually French for “buttonhole flower” when men use to place a single flower in the buttonhole of their suit jacket to ward off evil sprits. However, the tradition goes back to medieval time when a knight wore his lady’s colors (through flowers) as a statement of his love. These days, most boutonnieres are pinned directly to the man’s left lapel on special occasions. And boutonniere designs are not just limited to flowers but include many creative materials. Here are some of our favorites for each season:

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For Fall, how about some feathers, wheat stalks or billy ball flowers? For Winter, how about some bells, pine cones and cotton flowers What about for Spring? Try some colorful beads or ribbon flowers.And for Summer, consider some fresh herbs or even sea shells.

The modern alternatives may be boundless but the boutonnières should still match the bride’s bouquet. Together they symbolize the groom’s love of the bride and their unity.

Article courtesy of Stephanie Lui

Photos courtesy of:
Fall: Sweet B Gallery, Style By Design

Winter: The Knot, Fernanda E Sharon via Ruffled

Spring: Brush Fire Photography, Wedding Bee

Summer: Broke Creative Bride, Kate Say Yes


  1. Brittany
    4:48 pm on September 13th, 2011

    Great post! I love how you have broken it down by season.

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