The boutonniere is a wonderful wedding staple for many reasons: it’s another chance to personalize and be creative with your color scheme, it makes the groom look even more handsome and, most obviously, it’s a tradition!
While a lot of men get their boutonnieres handled through their flower vendor or a friend, making it at home can be just as easy, and rewarding.
- You’ll want a flower with a big head that can withstand a little pressure (i.e. a rose or a calla lily). Might as well get a few to practice on. It’s also great to have the flower match the color scheme of the wedding.
- After remove foliage, thorns, less-appealing petals, cut the stem at an angle, leaving three inches of stem.
- Create the ‘bed’ by taking ferns, ivies, or other greenery and nestle it behind the flower.
- Once the bed is in place, use wire behind the flower to keep it upright.
- Wrap floral tape down in a spiral until an inch of it is covered and trimming away the excess, wrap back up the flower, again trimming away the excess.
- Trim the wires and wrapped stem to about 1 or 2 inches.
- Curl the bottom around a point (like a pencil) and pinch it at the bottom.
- Decorate with bows and insert pearl-tipped stems as you wish.
It’s that simple! It can be a fun activity for everyone involved, but here’s the best part: when someone tells the groom they love his boutonniere, he can say you made it yourselves!