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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Add Sass to Your Wedding with Clever, Non-Traditional Boutonnières

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Nothing completes a groom’s outfit quite like a stunning boutonniere on the lapel of his tuxedo jacket. Traditional boutonnières аrе becoming a thing οf thе past fοr today’s groom. Traditional flower boutonnières are great but after a time they show wilt. Boutonnières are a simple detail but are a great way to add a little personality to a traditional suit or tuxedo.

Some couples are opting to personalize their boutonnières with items that represent the groom’s interests or hobbies. For example, if the groom is a musician, glue a few guitar picks together into a fan-arrangement and attach them to a straight pin.

Personalize your wedding and give it style. Customize the smallest detail by adding elegance and spicing up the groom’s attire with a killer wedding boutonnière that he’ll be proud to wear. Guests notice these original design features.

Boutonnières can now be as varied as a sprig of rosemary or a chocolate cosmos tied with a midnight blue ribbon. Clever boutonnières are special and stand out. What better way to spice up your groom’s attire than with a pinwheel or cotton bloom or a fishing lure or peacock feathers or a simple red heart? They can be whimsical, something different, a little funky and add a special flavor to the wedding. This kind of creativity gives the boutonnières a personality of their own.

Add a fresh twist by using a succulent or cloth flower in lieu of a classic bloom. Boutonnières are a simple detail but are a great way to add a little personality to a traditional suit or tuxedo. The following pinned on pretties truly are unique. Favor your groomsmen by selecting boutonnieres that will not only fit the theme of your wedding but last from first kiss to last dance.

Who wears boutonnières at the wedding? Usually it is the groom, the groomsmen and the men of the immediate family (including parents, step-parents, siblings, grandparents and sometimes the minister or wedding officiant). The boutonniere should be worn on the outside of the buttonhole of the left lapel, and not in it. It is common to secure it in place by using a pearl-headed pin from the back of the lapel. The pin will then be invisible from the front.

A new crop of boutonniere designers is starting to emerge — selling their handmade products on Websites like One particular designer, Fritts Rosenow, creates some fabulously quirky ones. Visit his samples at

BONUS Articles: The Simple Boutonnière
21 Offbeat Wedding Boutonnières

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