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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
Dresses: We are seeing a lot of floral pattern dresses starting to trend. The patterns have a vintage inspiration, but with a more modern dress design. We were surprised to find that rompers and jump suits are an up and coming trend for prom as well! And we can’t forget the glitz and glam with crystals and rhinestones – so pretty! Check them out!
Flowers: We encourage our prom-goers to GO BOLD! It’s time to have fun, and the flower colors can really be unique and wild. Contrasting colors like purples and oranges or hot pink and blue really pop for photos, and they look great when coordinated with dress colors. For those multicolor dresses, we often pull two or three of our client’s favorite colors in their dress and coordinate the flowers to that.
-Hand held bouquets – ranging from $50 to $150
-Wrist corsages – ranging from $35 -$50
-Boutonnieres – ranging from $10-$18
-Hair flowers – ranging from $10-$25
And we now offer flower jewelry! You can wear a floral necklace, cuff bracelet or ankle bracelet to the prom!