Flowers for Button Holes

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Flowers for Button Holes
Choose a buttonhole flower for a groom that matches the bride's bouquet. (Steph Fowler/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Buttonhole floral pieces generally consist of a single flower blossom; both fresh and silk flowers are equally suitable for adorning a suit coat or tuxedo. Most modern men's coats have no buttonhole opening on the lapels, though some high-end suits do have a buttonhole, as well as a buttonhole latch behind the lapel. Whether inserted through a buttonhole or pinned on, boutonnières are traditionally placed on the left lapel to lie over a man's heart.

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Sturdy vs. Elegant

Carnations are among the most common and easy-to-wear flowers for a buttonhole. because the petals remain crisp for hours. A carnation blossom is also more forgiving than other flowers when the man who wears it is particularly active or does a lot of hugging at his wedding. Roses are popular for more formal buttonhole boutonnières. The rose is generally wired or placed into a small tube with a wet sponge to help keep it fresh for hours.

Flowers for Button Holes
Full-size or miniature carnations serve well as buttonhole flowers. (Carnation image by Billy from Fotolia.com)

Parties and Performances

Roses, carnations, daisies and small flowers such as statice and bachelor's buttons are all popular choices for a formal dress event such as a prom, anniversary or birthday party. Prom buttonhole flower pieces that match the flowers in the corsage of a young man's date are a nice touch. Male performers such as singers and orchestra members often wear a boutonnière, including pieces made of mixed flowers for a more dramatic appearance.

Flowers for Button Holes
Create a dramatic look by mixing flowers in a boutonnière. (corsage image by Melissa Schalke from Fotolia.com)

Wedding Buttonholes

Many types of floral blossoms appear in buttonholes at weddings the world over, and the groom's buttonhole arrangement often matches the bride's bouquet. Wedding buttonhole flowers are often wired and taped to give extra support to delicate stems. Among the many flowers suitable for wedding boutonnières are: gentiana blue, alstroemeria, poppies, heather, purple lisianthus, frangipani, delphinium, violets, hyacinth and small sunflowers. More splendid buttonhole arrangements can include freesia, roses, lily of the valley, gardenias, orchids, stephanotis, gladiolus florets, calla lilies and Gerbera daisies.

Flowers for Button Holes
Florists arrange boutonnières for grooms and groomsmen. (pink boutinerres wedding image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com)

Silk Flowers

It's appropriate for a man to wear a silk buttonhole arrangement when his date is also wearing a silk corsage. Additionally, silk flowers are a welcome alternative to fresh flowers when a man or his date has allergies to pollen. Silk roses, daisies, carnations, baby's breath, poppies, stephanotis, chrysanthemum, forget-me-nots and gladiolus florets are all available in silk, along with many other choices, for use in boutonnières.

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