Groom buttonhole

Brilliant Buttonhole Ideas for the Groom

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The must have stylish accessory for the groom and his groomsmen, the lovely little buttonhole or boutonnière, so cute and so timeless. Gone are the days of it always being a traditional rose, though; nowadays buttonholes are being created out of any variety of flowers and foliages, creating many different looks, textures and colours. From single blooms to native nuts, berries and even succulents, here are some great buttonhole ideas perfect for your wedding day.

Who Should Wear a Buttonhole?

Brides are always asking me, who should wear a buttonhole? This is such a personal choice. Some brides like to just choose family members who are a part of the ceremony.  For example, their father who will walk them down the aisle or the immediate family members in the front row. Others like to have buttonholes for grandfathers and even brothers and uncles.  I recommend you choose who is important to you and who you would like to be included in a special way with a floral buttonhole on your wedding day.

Groom buttonhole

Groom buttonhole | Sorella Flower Merchant

Which Blooms are Best for Buttonholes?

When thinking of the best bloom to use for buttonholes, I always recommend choosing a bloom that has been used in the wedding bouquets. This way the whole bridal party of ladies and gents look like a complete set and will appear polished and perfect for photos. Colour is also a great way to differentiate the groom from the groomsmen.

Roses are by far the most popular choice for buttonholes as brides often carry roses in their bouquet.  They are very traditional and they are a bloom that lasts really well for this application.  While they are a classic choice, they don’t need to be used on their own.  Taking the rose buttonhole to another level, Angel Flowers combines it with berries and accent flowers to add interest and texture. Satin ribbon is also a lovely way to finish and let the blooms be the stand-out feature.

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Rose buttonhole

Rose buttonhole | Angel Flowers

This little piece of art was created by Secret Garden de emeraude. A floret of soft pink hydrangea paired with styled curled tropical leaves and accents gives a designer look.  Just a note on hydrangea for a buttonhole, while it is beautiful, this bloom can be a delicate choice.  It would be best to use on mild weather days and even a spare buttonhole of a delicate bloom can be a good idea, so if one tires, you can easily swap it out.

Hydrangea Buttonhole

Hydrangea buttonhole | Secret Garden de emeraude

Orchids, especially Singapore orchids are perfect for buttonholes.  They are long lasting and can withstand hot weather conditions.  While they aren’t as in fashion as rustic flowers at the moment, they work perfectly in clean, classic, elegant styling.

Orchid buttonholes

Orchid buttonholes | Prestige Flowers and Gifts

Don’t Want to Wear A Flower?

For the gentlemen who don’t want to wear a flower, something a bit different: the current trend of textured foliage buttonholes or natives and succulents could be perfect.  This beautiful example from Dominique Flowers is finished with hessian; great for a rustic look.

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Foliage Buttonhole

Foliage Buttonhole | Dominique Flowers

I just fell in love with this creation by Willetton Wedding Flowers, a divine combination of succulents and limes.  It is the care and attention to detail, with the finishes and curled foliage, that turn it into a little work of art.  The composition displays balance and harmony between the succulents, limes and all the elements.

Succulent buttonhole

Succulent buttonhole | Willetton Wedding Flowers

The colours and textures of this native buttonhole from Peppercorn Floral Design are fantastic and again very long lasting for a wedding day. No worrying about squashed petals here!

Native buttonhole

Native buttonhole | Peppercorn Floral Design

One of my personal favourite blooms, blushing bride, a sweet pretty native flower and it lasts really well as a buttonhole. Here it is finished sweetly by Floweresque with little accent native flowers and twine.

Blushing bride buttonhole

Blushing bride buttonhole | Floweresque

I am loving the quirky presentation of these little buttonholes including yellow billy buttons and lavender from Honeybunch Florals.  (By the way, buttonholes can be attached with magnets or pins.  I love magnetic buttonholes as they are so easy for the guys to attach to their suit and leave no marks in the fabric.)

Billy button buttonholes

Billy button buttonholes | Honeybunch Florals

Gumnuts are the hero here, finished with eucalyptus leaves, textured berries and dodder vine to wrap the stems. They are a great masculine buttonhole design.

Gumnut buttonhole

Gumnut buttonhole | Blue Mountains Floral Designs

To Embellish or Not to Embellish?

While flowers and foliages are generally all that is needed to create a buttonhole, natural rustic embellishments, like rope, hessian and twine, can be a point of difference that helps to make the smallest of wedding flower designs really pop.

Rope embellishment buttonhole

Rope embellishment buttonhole | Maria Okwa Creative Flowers

Other embellishments with a bit more bling can include feathers, fabric, ribbon and metallic wire, like this example from Elysiumfields Florists.

Feather and wire buttonhole

Feather and wire buttonhole | Elysiumfields Florists

So take time discussing with your wedding florist the chosen elements of buttonholes for the groom and special men who are a part of your wedding.  Even though their flowers are the smallest, they will get photographed and may be at eye level for some guests.  They can be gorgeous little artworks that complement and highlight other wedding floral designs.


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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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