Boutonnieres

   Boutonnieres, also known as button holes, can be a single flower or cluster of delicate flowers which accent a gentleman’s lapel for a special event.  Rather than pinning the boutonniere to the lapel as we do today, many people used to place a flower into the button hole of their lapel – hence the name!

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Here at Leigh Florist, our most popular boutonniere is our garden style design which consists of a cluster of petite flowers usually tea roses, lisianthus, or ranunculus with accent greens a ribbon tie (optional).

 

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You can even use a single flower such as a rose, mini gerbera daisy, ranunculus and many other various blooms accented with greens.  Traditionally for weddings, most people match the boutonnieres to the bridal party bouquets.

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But not all weddings are the same.  Some couples have thought of unique ways to make their boutonnieres stand apart from the traditional.  Many like to add little accents to their boutonniere. Here are a couple of ways wedding couples have gotten creative.

  • Keys
  • Hot peppers
  • Shot Gun Shells
  • Gears
  • Pictures
  • Clocks
  • Feathers
  • Bottle Caps
  • Guitar Picks
  • Wine Corks

History of The Boutonniere

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Boutonnieres originated on the battlefields of England in the middle ages. Back in the dark ages, the people who usually fought were the poor peasants who were farmers, and servants to their lord. They most likely wore the same clothing as each other, making it difficult to determine who was the enemy on battlefields. So the boutonniere was invented. Each side chose a flower that would represent which side they were on. For example in the war of the roses, each side wore a red or white rose to represent which King they supported.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that men started wearing boutonnieres as a fashion statement. The fashions of this time period started to include coats that folded over at the top, revealing the inside of the buttonhole. Not wanting to leave an empty buttonhole, they filled it with a flower, and the boutonniere for fashion was born.

Read about the history of the Garter and Bouquet Toss here