Guide to Boutonnieres- Part 3 of 4

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Now that you know who gets a boutonniere, it's time to choose one.

Firstly, consider the colour scheme and theme of the wedding. Take a look at the bride’s bouquet and the bridesmaids’ bouquets for inspiration. Usually, if your bridal bouquet includes a particular focal flower (like a rose or lily), it’s safe to use this flower for your buttonholes. The groom’s buttonhole can be different from those of the groomsmen but they should all have the same colour scheme. In other words, the groom’s buttonhole could include a charming mini calla lily and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres can use roses instead.

Boutonnieres are not supposed to take up too much space. In many cases, they consist of just a flower or a flower with a leaf or two. No matter what kind of flower or flowers you choose, it’s important that you don’t use large flowers. For example, mini calla lilies are great but you cannot use the regular size flower because it will look completely out of place.

Remember that boutonnieres are to be attached to the left lapel of the suit jacket or tuxedo. If attaching the buttonhole directly to the lapel, you should be careful because it can cause the lapel to droop.Some high end suits include special loops that are there to hold the stem in place. Alternatively, make sure that you secure the boutonniere properly to the actual jacket and not just the lapel.

Finally , don’t forget to always choose flowers that will last long. Flowers like tulips are known for being more delicate and particularly thirsty. Boutonnieres need to spend several hours without water and the last thing you want is a wilted flower on your lapel in most of your wedding photos! Ask your florist about their suggestions since they know which flowers do well without water as well as those that should not be used in this way.