7 Boutonniere Alternatives that Are Not Flowers

Flowers, Grooms

If your hubby-to-be isn't a fan of flowers or you're looking to do a little something different when it comes to the groomsmen's boutonniere, the good news is you have options! You don't have to go the traditional route and pick out a mini-bouquet of flowers for the guys to wear on their jacket pocket; you can use different types of materials, gadgets, and even items to create a more outside-the-box look. Here are seven types of boutonniere alternatives to add a little personality and a unique spin to your groom and groomsmen's look on your wedding day.

1. Mini-objects
Channeling the hobby of each individual groomsmen, you can pick up a mini pin or object and make it into a boutonniere. Doing this will even make each groomsmen stand out. If there's one common hobby or location that the groomsmen have in common or that the groom loves, you can make that the item of choice.

2. Tied ribbons
Instead of flowers, you can gather a couple of different colors of ribbon and tie them together. If you want to show support for a certain cause (breast cancer, veterans, etc.), you can use that color ribbon for the boutonniere.

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3. Feathers
This will give your boutonnieres a little twist. You can buy a pack of decorative feathers and dye them a certain color that matches your wedding theme or wedding colors.

4. Origami
Use different colored and patterned sheets of paper and fold them into interesting shapes — and either pin them on a jacket or have them tucked into the jacket pocket.

5. Legos from the Past
Bring the groomsmen back to their childhood and incorporate Legos into a boutonniere. They'll have lots of fun building them!

6. Decorative Keys
Gather together different-shaped keys and tie mini flowers or ribbon around them for a vintage flair to your wedding. It's definitely a different look to your traditional boutonniere.

7. Pocket Squares
You can skip the flowers and the traditional boutonniere look all-together and opt-in for pocket squares instead. This will be a more formal and simple look — and something that every groomsmen can pull off.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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