Calling all brides! Are you up to date on your wedding planning? You’ve probably planned pretty much everything you can think of at this point. You likely have the dress, the venue, the bouquet, and even the honeymoon all planned out in every little detail. But you might have forgotten something rather important . . .your groom!
Okay, to be fair, it would be very concerning if you actually forgot about your groom. But you might have forgotten a small detail that can make a nice, sentimental touch for your groom on his wedding day: his boutonniere. Wedding corsages and boutonnieres might not seem very significant, especially when you compare them to your bridal bouquet and large floral installations that you’re going to have at your reception. However, they can add a great finishing touch to the bridal attire of your groom and groomsmen. It can also help them to feel special and included on your big day! So, when you’re planning out your wedding florals, make sure you don’t leave out the boutonnieres. You also might want boutonnieres for your father and father-in-law, so that is another important element to consider.
How to Make a Wedding Boutonniere
First of all, it is important to learn the basic steps for creating a wedding boutonniere (These steps work very well for wedding corsages and boutonnieres.) Make sure that you keep these steps in mind as you’re buying any floral supplies.
First of all, you’ll want to gather the supplies that you’ll need to make your boutonnieres. You’ll need flowers, floral fillers, greenery, floral tape, scissors, and possibly some ribbon or decorative elements. You’ll also need at least one pill for each boutonniere. When you’re picking out your flowers and fillers, remember that most grooms won’t be too thrilled if they have to wear a frilly, pink boutonniere. So, try to find flowers and fillers that fit within your color scheme while still being a little bit more masculine.
Once you have all of your supplies gathered, it is time to prepare your flowers. You’ll want to remove any excess leaves from the stems of your flowers. You’ll also need to cut down the steps of your flowers, fillers, and greenery until they’re at an appropriate length to fit a boutonniere. Make sure that you cut the stems at a diagonal to help them to absorb the optimal amount of water when they’re not being worn.
3.Start with the Focal Flowers
Now, you’re ready to get started. You’ll begin your boutonniere by collecting a flower or two that you’d like to be the focal point of the arrangement. You won’t want to choose flowers that are too huge, like a full-fledged Gerber daisy. Instead, choose blooms that are a little bit smaller, and that fit your color scheme without being too feminine.
4.Add Fillers and Greenery
Next, add floral fillers and greenery to your boutonniere. Floral fillers and greenery are a great way to add some masculine colors and textures to your boutonnieres. This could include anything from eucalyptus to baby’s breath to wheat to grabia to pixie cotton. So, take advantage of the opportunity. Floral fillers and greenery also give your boutonniere a finished, full look. Make sure to arrange your fillers and greenery around your focal flowers, and tape them securely with floral tape.
5.Remember Finishing Touches
Finally, add some finishing touches to your boutonniere. This could be something like a bit of fabric or ribbon wrapped around the stems, or a bit of decorative wire added for some texture and shine. Remember to add your pins or magnets to all of your boutonnieres so your groom and groomsmen can wear your creations securely.
Ways to Make Your Boutonniere Unique
Now that you know how to put a boutonniere together, are you wondering how you can make your groom’s boutonniere stand out from all the rest? Weddingomania.com has a list compiled of some of the most creative, unique boutonniere ideas in the industry. Make sure to check out their ideas for some inspiration as you’re creating your boutonnieres. In the meanwhile, here are a few fun ideas that will help you to make your groom’s boutonniere unique and meaningful.
Ask the Groom
If you’re trying to guess what extra touches could make your boutonnieres special, ask your groom! He might have a particular color, flower, or design that he loves. For example, if he has a particular flower that he always loved to give you when you were dating, he might like to wear that flower in his boutonniere. Or if he loves the color blue, he might like an arrangement with some wildflowers in a variety of blue shades.
Use Wood Flowers
Another way to make a unique boutonniere is to use wood and dried flowers. Especially if your groom and groomsmen are a little picky about wearing feminine-looking flowers, wood flowers are the perfect solution for your solution. Wood flowers are made from dried natural materials, like tapioca root, so they have a unique, textured appearance. However, they can be dyed to match any style and shade, giving them a more realistic look. Wood flowers are paired perfectly with dried flowers, which can add a masculine fullness to your boutonnieres.
Add Sentimental Touches
You’ll be sure to have a unique boutonniere if you add objects that have sentimental value for your groom. For example, some grooms include a special tied rope wrapped around their boutonniere. Others have small sentimental pieces, such as a bullet casing, a fishing lure, or a miniature wood oar, that might reflect their hobbies or professions. You could also include materials like berries, peppers, feathers, cork, or wood sprigs. Steampunk grooms might like including gears, keys, brooches, or mini frames. Many of these creative ideas are documented in the Weddingomania article above. Pair any of these ideas with a few sprigs of greenery and wrap them in twine and you’ll have a boutonniere that your groom will love to wear.