Flowers For The Groom And Attendants
Personal flowers pertain not only to the bridal bouquet
and the groom’s boutonniere but also to the flowers
carried and worn by the attendants and family members.
A bridegroom who plucks a flower from his bride’s
bouquet and pins it to his lapel is expressing commitment
and love for her. The groom, his attendants and the
fathers and grandfathers of the bride and groom traditionally
wear flowers as boutonnieres. A boutonniere is a small
flower or a bouquet worn by the groom and all his attendants
in the buttonhole of a lapel. Boutonnieres come in all
colors, shapes and sizes and look more appropriate on
a tuxedo. They can be designed to match exactly with
the bride’s bouquet.
Flowers, however fresh and beautiful, should be meticulously
prepared before being used as boutonniere. Before handing
over the flowers to the groom and his attendants, make
sure they are dry. Moist flowers will leave stains on
the lapel and ruin the groom’s wedding attire.
Men often prefer simplicity for the boutonniere they
sport on their wedding day. Boutonnieres can be as creative
and imaginative as the bride’s bouquet. Flowers
for men can be coordinated with the weddings theme and
Before booking a florist, make sure that you are comfortable
with this person. The florist should be receptive to
new ideas. It is advisable to carry pictures of other
boutonnieres from magazines. This makes it easier for
the florist to understand your choice. Make sure the
florist labels the personal flowers before delivering
them to avoid last minute confusion. An important aspect
of wedding planning is the selection of boutonnieres
for the groom and his attendants.
The groom always wears his boutonnieres on his left
lapel. This symbolizes closeness to the heart. Most
Boutonnieres are made up of a single blossom like a
single rosebud, freesia, stephanotis and carnations.
If rosebuds are the wedding party theme, then the groom
will have to wear either two rosebuds or might have
to add a sprig of baby’s breath to distinguish
him from the groomsmen.
It is advisable to use a small cluster of flowers instead
of a single bloom for the groom’s boutonniere.
This makes the whole outfit look dressier. But a single
blossom can add finesse and elegance to the outfit.
Using Alstroemeria for a boutonniere should be avoided,
as its sap can be harmful on entering the human bloodstream.
The groom gives each man at the ceremony a boutonniere
to wear. If the officiant is male, he should also be
given a boutonniere to demonstrate his important role
in the wedding ceremony. Depending on his outfit, the
ring bearer may or may not wear a boutonniere.
Generally a single blossom is used as a boutonniere.
Rosebuds, freesias and miniature carnations are the
most popular options.
The groom should give boutonnieres to close family members
like fathers, grandfathers, brothers and uncles. This
might add to the wedding expenses, but is worthwhile,
as it would make the male family members feel more included
in the wedding.