The success of wedding flower packages is usually founded on the creation of a theme that runs throughout every area of the wedding – not just in the bride’s bouquets, but across all table decorations, the venue flowers, the church flowers and the bridesmaids. An area that is often overlooked or neglected is the groom buttonhole, and buttonholes for his groomsmen too.
Making sure that the groom’s buttonhole is coordinated with the entire wedding flower package is often what turns a good wedding into a really great and memorable one. Incorporating a floral theme into designs not just for the groom, but also for his groomsmen, as well as a special pageboy buttonhole too, will ensure that your big day has the depth and meaning that you deserve.
History of the Buttonhole
The groom buttonhole is not just a pretty adornment to match the beautiful bride – it actually has its roots in meaningful custom. Originally the buttonhole was used to scare off evil spirits, which were believed to turn a groom’s heart against his bride.
A carefully selected posey of flowers and herbs pinned to his lapel symbolised protection of the groom’s heart against any jealous and evil thoughts that may have been floating around the venue, keeping his eyes and his heart solely on his wife-to-be.
The Buttonhole as Part of Overall Wedding Flower Packages
When considering which buttonhole is right for your groom and his groomsmen, you want to take into account the overall theme of your wedding flower package. The buttonhole should match, or complement, the flower and design choices you make.
Formal vs Informal
If you prefer the more formal approach, then that formality can be threaded into the design of the buttonholes. This could come in the form of a single white rose, or a sculpted white lily, or possibly other more unusual but structured flowers
If you are more of a free spirit and prefer a more bohemian and natural style of groom and pageboy buttonhole, then a more natural and rustic design might be preferable. Thistle buttonholes for weddings are a trendy choice.
Flamboyant vs Discrete
The buttonhole is also the perfect opportunity to demonstrate a quirky or flamboyant character. You could have creative carte blanche to go completely wild with oversized flowers, and ostentatious foliage, ending up with a statement buttonhole that is eye-catching and mirrors the extrovert nature of the groom himself. Don’t be limited to flowers either – you can thread in feathers, precious metals, or maybe an object that has particular meaning or relevance can be incorporated into the groom’s buttonhole design, and complemented with a nod to the object in his groomsmen buttonholes.
Alternatively, your husband-to-be may have a more discrete and quiet strength that you want to reflect in the choice of groom buttonhole. A simple pin with a single flower head is all that is needed – where this works particularly well is when the chosen flower is highly symbolic and meaningful.
The joy of buttonholes is that there are no rules. There are no rigid boundaries that dictate what you should or should not do. Instead, the only limitations are those of your own vision and imagination. Every florist loves a client who comes in with an open brief to create wedding flower packages that are unique and exciting, with exotic and unusual flowers, foliage and other symbolic objects incorporated into the overall design.
Neither are there any rules around buttonholes for same-sex marriages. So, whether you want to wear a buttonhole on your lapel or prefer to match it with a formal corsage that is worn around the wrist, you can be as experimental and daring as you like as long as you feel that your choices reflect the innate personalities of the bride and groom.
How to Apply the Buttonhole
Traditionally, the groom wears the buttonhole on his lapel, covering and protecting his heart against any evil and jealous spirits that may be lurking.
Should a woman choose to wear a buttonhole on her lapel, she would traditionally wear it on the right hand side – but again, that is the beauty of a buttonhole – there are no rules. If you prefer to wear it on your left hand side, then that is absolutely your choice to make. Alternatively, you can choose to adapt the buttonhole and wear it as a corsage around your wrist.
A good design will ensure that the buttonhole can be pinned to your lapel securely and without flopping forward. If the design is particularly intricate, you may need assistance on the big day to ensure that it is correctly and securely pinned to your lapel.
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