A Discussion of Details
Unfortunately, too many people do not give a second thought to a boutonniere. Truth is, the last time you thought about one was most likely your Senior Prom.
Too often the boutonniere is an extension of the bride’s bouquet, one matching flower and some greenery.
Our Tailored Twig design team is out to change that perception as we work with couples to make the groom’s boutonniere a unique creation adding personality to the groom’s attire.
Boutonnière, loosely translates from French as buttonhole, as a boutonnière was originally worn through the buttonhole on the left side of a gentleman’s jacket. In the past there was a small loop on the back of the lapel to insert the flower stems into, holding the flower in place.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Most people credit wedding boutonnières to Prince Albert in his 1840 wedding to Queen Victoria. However, historical paintings of their wedding show Prince Albert in full military uniform and no boutonnière.
In 1854, the couple reenacted their wedding to take advantage of a new technology called ‘photography,’ but still no boutonnière.
A Daily Accessory
Regardless of where they originated, in days past a fresh flower boutonnière was a daily accessory to a gentleman’s suit coat.
In the 19th century some local flower shops had premade boutonnières ready to sell. As boutonnières are now reserved for special occasions a Tailored Twig custom creation is the answer, please call in advance to place your order.
On your wedding day we are seeing more and more fun accessories for grooms. But, most accessories like cufflinks, a watch or special socks are seen in prewedding detail photos and not much more.
A groom’s boutonnière, while coordinating with the bridal bouquet does not need to be limited to just a single bloom.
Whether you choose to include an element of the bride’s bouquet in your boutonnière or to play off the color story of the bride’s bouquet, including the addition of interesting botanicals and textural elements is key.
Stem wraps for the boutonnière can come in as many shapes and colors as the boutonnière itself. Organic cording reflecting more rustic wedding or an elegant sheer lace or floral lace applique wrap with samplings from the bride’s gown, all add to the interest of this one of a kind, personalized creation.
Our Tailored Twig design team loves adding inventive texture and pops of color to each creation.
Twice As Nice
When working with two grooms, nothing says the boutonnières need to match. Make your boutonnière personal. Select different botanicals in the same color story, add a unique textural detail to make each one a little different or simply change the color of the ribbon on the stem wrap.
Crushing On You
Speaking of twice as nice, have you ever seen a groom’s boutonnière just before the wedding reception? After hugging several dozen wedding guests, and taking his jacket off for wedding photos, the boutonnière needs a little refreshing.
Be sure to order your groom a second boutonnière and swap it out during the evening as it the first gets a little worn, keeping him looking sharp for the rest of the evening. You will be glad you did.
Be sure to connect with our Tailored Twig design team to design a personalized, custom tailored creation for the man in your life.
We look forward to the honor of working with you and for your guests to forge lasting memories