Flowers for Buttonholes

Written by susan lundman
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    Flowers for Buttonholes

    There are plenty of options when choosing wedding flowers for buttonholes--you can coordinate or complement colours with the wedding plan, you can choose flowers that the groom prefers, you can choose flowers that are easily obtainable in any season and are inexpensive or you can attempt to apply all of those criteria at once. As with other wedding decisions, the choices are virtually endless and your best decision is the one that works well with the overall theme and makes you happy on your big day.

    This groom's yellow buttonhole flower adds a splash of colour to his attire. (groom image by cherie from

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    Classic Flowers

    Roses or rose buds, lilies and orchids are all long-lasting and are available at all times of the year, making them excellent choices for boutonnières. Additionally, they are available in all colours, allowing you to coordinate the colours with the bride's bouquet or to complement a dark suit with a light-coloured flower or a light suit with a dark-coloured one.

    A white rose bud conveys a formal, timeless feel. (wedding buttonhole with rose on mans suite image by Iaroslav Danylchenko from

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    Baby's Breath

    Often used along with other flowers as an accent, you can also use baby's breath on its own for a buttonhole when you want a low-key, small flower. Baby's breath has very small white multiple blossoms on slender stems. You can mass stems together or use single stems. Baby's breath is long-lasting, always available and inexpensive.

    The small white flowers in this corsage are baby's breath. (carnations image by les sanders from

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    Dahlias and Chrysanthemums

    Both dahlias and chrysanthemums are fall flowers that are so popular for bouquets and centrepieces that they are made available, inexpensively, all year. Both are long-lasting and come in a wide variety of sizes so that the bride can have larger varieties in her bouquet while the groom has a smaller size in his buttonhole. Some dahlia varieties have multicoloured petals that are highly prized by growers and customers alike. A small, lime-green chrysanthemum called Kermit is especially attractive in a boutonnière.

    This multicoloured dahlia works well as a boutonnière. (dahlia image by Luc FLANDROIT from

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    Lily of the Valley

    For spring weddings, these lovely, small, bell-shaped blossoms with a sweet smell can't be beaten. Lily of the Valley is also a good choice because you can incorporate it into the bride's bouquet quite easily, as its bright, white blossoms complement any other colours. However, it is one of the more expensive flowers to purchase.

    Picture several sprigs of this Lily of the Valley in a buttonhole. (lily of the valley image by Aidairi from

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    Herbs and Vegetables

    If the groom is hesitant about any flower whatsoever, he might be more interested in a buttonhole made from thistle or rosemary. For fall weddings, you can find small crab apples in red or yellow and ornamental cabbage leaves that come in lovely greens or pinks with edges of pink and white. Florists also use small kale leaves for buttonholes at all times of the year. If the groom is a big fan of Mexican food, a boutonnière made with small, red chile peppers could be perfect.

    Florists use the smaller, inner leaves of cabbage for buttonholes. (ornamental kale image by Tamara Kulikova from

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