A brief history lesson.
Traditionally speaking, boutonnieres have a long history that some say dates back to the Middle Ages. Back then, women would present ribbons or scarves to their lover as he was going into battle as a symbol of their devotion and affection. The men would wear them on their arm for the world to see. Later this tradition evolved into flowers. Women would take a flower from their wedding bouquet and give it to their groom to wear on the day of their wedding. Today, it is still very much a romantic gesture.
In modern day times, the history and tradition of the boutonniere carries on with the groom wearing a flower that is displayed in her bridal bouquet. Doing this shows a sign of unity and togetherness. Most brides will carry a bouquet, therefore, their grooms have a boutonniere to match.
When it comes to the wedding attendants, the bridesmaid's bouquets can be the same or a variation of bride's bouquet, but generally smaller in size. For the groomsmen, boutonnieres are usually smaller, simplified versions of the bride's bouquet and slightly different from the groom - more subtle and less prominent.
How to wear them.
Boutonnieres can be attached to the groom's or groomsmen's jackets and traditionally on the left side. There are two ways to secure them - using pins or magnets. Pins are the most common way to secure them but can be tricky and difficult to get on correctly, especially in the stressful, time-sensitive moments before the wedding. Magnets are a nice alternative if it's within your budget as they will cost more. They are easier to work with and you don't have to worry about putting holes into your clothing or accidentally sticking yourself.
A few other things to know.
On average, boutonnieres can range in price from $10-$30 depending on the flowers chosen and the size. Prices are also determined by any additional elements you add such as rhinestones, pearls, feathers or anything else used for decoration.
Are boutonnieres necessary?
No! They are not necessary but most couples agree they do add a nice touch to the overall look of the wedding and the wedding party. If you are not concerned with tradition there are many alternatives!
Here are a few ideas to help inspire a unique look that is all your own!
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