64 Boutonnières You Both Will Love
Though your mind may be on what flowers you and your bridesmaids will be holding down the aisle, the boutonnière is just as important. Ever wonder why the groom and his groomsmen wear boutonnières in the first place? The groom traditionally wears a flower from the bride's bouquet to symbolize his ties to the bride, and his groomsmen do the same—placed on the left side, right above the heart (awwww!). And though they may be small, boutonnières can make a big statement. They add a punch of personality, color, and texture to the groom and groomsmen's lapels.
While flowers are the traditional choice for boutonnières, guys these days can be found wearing other types of bouts that are meaningful to the couple-to-be. If the groom has a favorite hobby (say, golf, tennis, or baseball) he may want to include a nod to that spot in his lapel accessory. If he's allergic to blooms, or feels they don't fit with his look, greenery, succulents, or berries are all great alternatives. Even paper flowers can do the trick!
Although they're small, the men's boutonnières can make a big impact, so it's important to put some serious thought into your choice. To help inspire your own bout, we rounded up a few of our favorites from past real weddings.
These lush and full bouts were crafted from rosemary, thistle, spray roses, and ranunculus.
Blue thistle, eucalyptus, and soft pink blooms brought a romantic vibe to this groom's look.
Orange and Green
A bright orange orchid boutonnière popped against an emerald-hued jacket, and picked up the burnt pumpkin shades in the groom's pocket square.
The main attraction of this groom's boutonnière—beyond the colorful ranunculus and carnations, that is—was a sweet card, written with a simple promise: "Forever."
A green-and-white bout, complete with exotic greens and a single cream flower, was made more luxe thanks to a navy velvet ribbon.
A sprig of greens, an orchid, and a calla lily brought sophistication to this gent's lapel.
An oversized rose, in the prettiest shade of muted pin, looked even better flanked by leafy greens and a twine-wrapped stem.
Wrapped in tuxedo black satin, an un-unopened peony and textured greens brought color to a traditional suit.
Front and center, a speckled magenta bloom popped against this gent's dove gray jacket.
Berries and Lace
Berries and a single white floret were held together with a strip of knotted lace—the perfect nod to the bride's wedding dress.
This splashy peach and pink bout added some levity to this groom's fashion-forward burgundy suit and leather bow tie.
Succulents and Suspenders
A tiny bundle of succulents fastened onto navy suspenders brought a casual vibe to a groomsmen's look.
Fuzzy fiddle heads were an unexpected pairing for this deep pink spray, but the contrast works beautifully.
Lots of Drama
A dramatic long bloom added verticality to this unique arrangement; the surrounding hot pink florals brought color.
For their rustic-inspired fête, groomsmen donned dried four-leaf flower and berry bouts, wrapped in crimson ribbon.
Everything about this groom's look—from the daisy-studded tie, to the succulent and wildflower boutonnière—screamed style.
We're not sure what's more attention-grabbing—this groom's patterned bowtie or his striking dahlia boutonnière.
At a barn wedding, a twine wrapped calla lily bout was beyond appropriate.
Lots of peachy petals made this small arrangement appear bigger than its actual size.
This boutonnière looked like it was crafted from early autumn’s flora. The groom kept the fall theme coming with a pumpkin-colored bow tie.
One groom sourced fern, hemlock, holly, boxwood, and holly berries from his family's farm to craft boutonnières for him and his beau.
Eucalyptus and tallow berries united on these groomsmen's lapels for this wintry wedding in Colorado.
Men's lapels at this winter wedding were colorfully decorated with olive leaves, euphorbia, and kumquats.
Greens for the Guys
The groomsmen, ushers, fathers, and godfathers adorned their lapels with these boutonnieres of seeded eucalyptus, white berries, and pine at this fall wedding in upstate New York.
Punch of Purple
Ranunculus buds and rose hips were wrapped with velvet ribbon before adorning the guys' lapels at this Minnesota wedding.
These blue hydrangeas, rose hips, and dahlia buds boutonnieres were tied off with blue silk ribbon.
Coming Up Roses
The gents spruced up their lapels with boutonnieres of petite roses and seeded eucalyptus at this North Carolina wedding.
Ranunculus and rice flowers in desert hues were two of the flowers used for the groomsmen's boutonnieres at a Santa Fe wedding.
Billy balls, dusty miller, and handmade button flowers tied with twine dressed up a groom's lapel.
For this summertime fête, the gents' lapels were dressed up with aromatic boutonnieres with herbs and ingredients found in spirits like gin, such as rosemary, juniper, bay laurel, hops, grains, Douglas fir, and cinnamon.
He didn't end up sporting a kilt at his wedding, but this groom did wear a boutonniere made of thistle to represent his Scottish heritage.
All the Color
Coral ranunculus boutonnieres offered a burst of color against the groomsmen's black suits from Black by Vera Wang at this New York City celebration.
The guys at this Mexico destination wedding donned boutonnieres made from seashells and raffia.
Boutonnieres of craspedia and chamomile provided a dash of yellow for the groom and his groomsmen at this Newport wedding.
Ranunculus, rose hips, andromeda heather buds, and olive leaf made up the velvet-wrapped deep red groomsmen's boutonnieres at this fall wedding.
Wanting to have a signature floral motif throughout the event, the bride at this Minneapolis wedding designed a red-and-pink flower print, which was used to make the groom's fabric boutonniere.
The guys sported boutonnieres of lavender, wax flower, blueberries, and rosemary at this laid-back Martha's Vineyard wedding.
A pin of wax flowers, seeded eucalyptus, and olive leaves accessorized the groomsmen's lapels at this Italian destination wedding.
The groom, the bride's son, and the fathers wore boutonnieres of poppy pods and veronica at this Denver celebration.
The men in the wedding party sported boutonnieres made of mock orange blossoms and fern leaves, which were then wrapped with silk trim for this backyard bash in Utah.
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley brightened each cluster of blooms worn by the groomsmen at this destination wedding in Ireland.
While musician Gabe Saporta didn't have official groomsmen, his close male friends and family wore boutonnieres made from local white larkspur, jasmine, and eucalyptus seedlings.
At this South Carolina celebration, the boutonnieres featured lavender sprigs coiled in pale ribbon.
As a tribute to this groom's stint in Alaska, feathers from the state bird, the ptarmigan, surrounded a sprig of nigella.
A sprig of lily of the valley and a faux gold leaf gave this groom's lapel a special touch.
Small clusters of gomphrena and spray roses adorned the menswear at this summertime celebration in California.
Into the Woods
For a woodsy look, this groom trimmed his lapel with small bundles of viburnum berries, raspberries, ferns, and millet.
Soft and Romantic
This boutonniere featured lambs' ear and scabiosa tied with pink velvet ribbons for a modern and dimensional effect.
Gold sequined Ban.do hearts were incorporated into the boutonnieres at this whimsical wedding in Maine.
The gents at this Richmond, Virginia, wedding sported orchid boutonnieres.
Formal in Feathers
The groom and groomsmen at this formal rustic wedding in Georgia pinned velvet millinery leaves and a variety of feathers to their lapels.
David's groomsmen, all childhood friends (except for his dad, who was best man), donned garden-rose-and-rice-flower boutonnieres.