Boutonnieres

Blooms For Him

Worn above his heart a groom's boutonniere is a symbol of his love and fidelity. The flowers of his boutonniere can be a mirror of the bridal bouquet, including traditional white roses, a sprig of stephanotis or white orchids. However more grooms (and groomsmen) are wearing boutonnieres featuring bold colors and textures and unique greenery. Unlike the standard white carnation boutonniere of the senior prom many grooms are taking the opportunity to express his tastes with a personal boutonniere.

Traditionally, the groom's boutonniere would include at least one flower of the bridal bouquet. This bloom is usually the primary flower of the bridal bouquet, such as a rose, lily, tulip or orchid. While that particular flower may be the focal point of the boutonniere it may also include other elements for contrast: ivy, a smaller complementary flower or berries. For weddings that have a nature or rustic theme mini pine cones, acorns or fern also add a rugged touch. Sprigs of herbs are also popular during summer weddings.

Groomsmen boutonnieres should complement the bridesmaid bouquets. This is most easily achieved by including a flower the same color as the bridesmaid dresses.

The boutonniere is a great way to distinguish the groom from the groomsmen, especially if they're wearing matching tuxedos. The groom's boutonniere can be more lavish, have different flowers, different greenery (berries instead of ivy) or include a different color ribbon. A complete different style of boutonniere will also work well.

Boutonnieres are also worn by the fathers and grandfathers of the bride and groom. While these boutonnieres are meant to honor these men it is expected they aren't as elaborate as the groom's and groomsmen's boutonnieres.

The boutonniere should suit the style of the tuxedo of its wearer, as well as being proportionate in size. A tiny boutonniere would look ridiculous on a man who is 6'3" and 225 pounds!

The boutonniere should be worn on the left side and pinned on the underside of the lapel (to hide the pin).

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