What is it? It’s traditional for the groom to wear a flower in the buttonhole of his lapel. The groom’s buttonhole (as this type of mini-flower arrangement is known) will usually be prepared by the florist who does all the other flowers for the wedding.
Traditionally it is the men who wear buttonholes on the left lapel of their suits. The mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom often wear a similar floral decoration called a corsage, either pinned to the right side of their outfit or tied with a ribbon around their wrist.
The tradition of wedding buttonholes, as with all wedding flowers, originates from ancient Greece. The male wedding party members would wear a small bunch of flowers, usually mixed with fragrant herbs, pinned close to their heart in order to ward off evil spirits. … Buttonholes travelled to England during Medieval times.
A buttonhole, sometimes called a boutonnière, is a little flower worn in the lapel of a suit. They’re normally worn by the groom, ushers, fathers, stepfathers and any other male members of the couple’s immediate family. … Buttonholes can be made from single flowers such as a rose or a collection of small single blooms.
Traditionally, buttonholes are worn by the men in the wedding party, The Groom, Best Man and his Ushers, Page Boys, Father of the Bride and the Groom’s Father. Anyone who is in the wedding party and wearing a formal wedding suit matching all of the others really.
The colour of your buttonholes can either contrast or complement the colour of the groom’s outfit. For instance, a grey suit with a lilac cravat could be complemented by a buttonhole made from a deep purple tulip or anemone, a silvery ‘metalica’ rose or a sprig of lavender.
Ladies wear a button hole / corsage on their right
And this is the bit most people don’t know. Ladies wear the flower differently to the men, on the opposite side. But it doesn’t stop there – a lady should have the flowers pointing downwards. So the stem should be pointing towards her shoulder.
The average price for a man’s buttonhole is £5.50.
Button holes & Corsages.
|Men’s orchid buttonhole||£5.50|
|Men’s carnation buttonhole||£3.50|
|Bag corsage||£9-25 (depending on size of bag)|
|Ribbon Wrist corsage||£12|
Who Wears Buttonholes at a Wedding? Usually, only the main people involved in the wedding such as the groom or bride get the honour of wearing buttonholes but sometimes the option is extended to VIP guests like the parents, groomsmen, bridesmaids and the officiant.
The mothers of the bride and groom generally wear something a little more special. Like the groom, they may wear a buttonhole which is more fuller than the others. Some may prefer to wear a corsage (2 or more flowers) while the other ladies such as grandma and sisters may wear a single buttonhole.
Buttonholes are usually worn by the Groom, Bestman, Ushers, Father of the Bride, Father of the Groom and sometimes the page boys. We recommend that these buttonhole flowers follow the colour palette of your Wedding and the Grooms buttonhole has flowers that are in the Bridal bouquet.
Can wedding guests wear boutonnieres?
Special occasions, though, do exist, and are a perfect time to dress up your lapel. Weddings – Most men know that boutonnieres are for the groom and his entourage, but two things should be mentioned. … Two, they are not the only ones who can wear a boutonniere; the invited may wear one as well.