Did you know that the tradition of the wedding boutonniere started centuries ago back in the medieval times? Knights used to decorate the lapel of their suit’s jackets with flowers made out of a lady’s colours, so this practice was very symbolic and not just for formal purposes. People believed that boutonnieres were able to keep evil spirits away, and some people in France even wore boutonnieres every single day! In modern days, men only wear these accessories for formal events like weddings, and therefore, boutonnieres have to be selected with care and attention in order to properly reflect the whole wedding theme.
With the boutonniere being the most important visual accessory for the groom, it’s always fun to go for something non-traditional. We often see boutonnieres or corsages made with fresh flowers, but more and more innovative styles and designs are popping up all over the place. I especially like boutonnieres that use quirky or unconventional materials, like twigs, buttons, paper, felt, or even metal. If you’re looking for something not so typical, here are some of unique wedding boutonnieres that I’ve found while browsing through Etsy!
Harvest Wheat Boutonniere | Approximately $20.64 CAD
Perfect for autumn ceremonies or for harvest/rustic-themed weddings. This sweet little boutonniere is made from wheat, bent and shaped like a double heart.
Rustic Wedding Boutonniere ‘Blossom’ Woodland Ivory Flower | Approximately $10.32 CAD
This little boutonniere is wrapped with ivory and brown ribbon, featuring a blooming ivory sola flower and a single guinea feather. I love the spotted feather! So cute.
Wedding Boutonniere ‘Willow’ Natural Keepsake | Approximately $10.32 CAD
Made with natural dried materials with purple and reddish-plum colours with a burlap base. I absolutely love the contrast in textures! This would look great for an autumn wedding. The eucalyptus also makes it smell great too!
Mens Boutonniere/Buttonhole Style No.6 | Approximately $8.83 CAD
This boutonniere/buttonhole features a cream-coloured skeleton leaf (love these!), small white flowers, pink pepper berries and a guinea feather. It is wrapped in floral tape and covered with twine. All boutonnieres are fitted with a standard brooch clasp to ensure that it will stay put all day and not require adjustment. I love how much those pepper berries pop! Super cute! What’s great about this is that all items can be customized with different coloured ribbon instead of twine to suit your wedding colours, so if you have any questions or specific requests, the shop owner can definitely help you out with that.
Three Classic Boutonnieres with Craspedia Felt | Approximately $46.45 CAD
These little felt boutonnieres are absolutely adorable. Made with yellow Craspbedia felt, Billy Button lapel pins, real pussy willow twigs and natural twine, these boutonnieres add that perfect touch of country. The shop owner can match just about any colour and loooves custom orders. Make sure you visit their wedding boutique to see other wedding accessories and decorations!