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Ideas for Boutonnieres
Boutonniere is a French word meaning buttonhole on a lapel and usually refers to a floral pin or garnish which is attached to this area. Having the groom, best man and groomsmen wear a boutonniere isn't a necessity but it is certainly a lovely tradition and adds some style and flair to a wedding suit. If you love this tradition, you might also like to recognise the men who mean the most to you - such as the father of the bride and groom, grandfathers, brothers and special friends - by having a matching boutonniere made for them to wear on your wedding day as well.
Generally, you will ask the florist to make boutonnieres to match the wedding flowers. If the bride is having pink prchids in her bouquet, then a single pink orchid like the one shown here (image: Joyful weddings and events) might be used as the boutonniere. Alternatively, you may wish to complement the bridesmaids or theme of the day with a colour that matches, but a flower that is in contrast to the bride's flowers.
You can compose your boutonniere of flowers that have a special meaning. For example, a daisy for innocence, a hyacinth for young love, a violet for fidelity or an orchid for ecstasy. If you don't want flowers, you might also choose a sprig of a herb that has significance, for example rosemary stands for rememberance and thyme symbolises courage.
There are only a few simple elements to a boutonniere - the centrepiece which is usually a flower, the stem which is usually bound in ribbon, a pin and a bow. You perch the boutonniere on the lapel, and you might like to add interest by wearing it upside down or on an angle.
Because boutonnieres have to withstand the heat and hours of time over the ceremony and reception, it is often a good idea to have a second boutonniere on stand by for the groom and the wedding party. You can keep a fresh one in the refrigerator to whip out before the reception. This means the groom will look fresh for the cake cutting, speeches, first dance and other photo opportunities. You don't want a wilted flower in your photos!
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