A Modern Boutonniere with Arrows & Berries

Just about any bloom will work for your groom's boutonniere, but why stick with pretty-yet-predictable picks? Sure, you love bold peonies and roses in your bouquet, but your guy will likely prefer a more understated addition to his lapel. Luckily, there's no shortage of ideas for the groom's boutonniere that look great, coordinate with your bridal blooms, and feel masculine.

So how do you pick the perfect boutonniere that will earn your guy's seal of approval and still feel like a cohesive part of your floral design? Start with the color. White, green, and yellow are all popular shades for the groom's bout, but if you're set on matching his bloom to your pink bouquet, consider a more muted hue. Soft peach or orange-infused coral will keep the boutonniere in the same color family without looking too feminine.

Another great way to balance out his boutonniere is with the addition of bold greenery. Fresh herbs, leafy greens, or a modern succulent are all great additions to softer hued flowers — this way, you can feel free to pick a colorful bloom. Or go with one large succulent, a cluster of greens or berries, or a barely-there off-white cluster of non-traditional wedding flowers — we like perennial astilbe or clematis — for a look that expresses a more modern style.

More and more couples are swapping out the traditional floral boutonniere in place of something more understated. Pick a cool pin, like a mustache or arrows, or a meaningful family heirloom, like a vintage key, and accent with pale-hued berries, wheat, or greens for a look that he'll surely love.

In an effort to help you and your husband-to-be select the perfect boutonniere, we rounded up 33 great ideas that you two are sure to love. From the totally classic to the modern and whimsical, there's no shortage of inspired ideas to dress up the groom's lapel.

At left: A boutonniere made of dainty gold arrows and accented with brunia berries, dusty miller, and greenery, created by Sweet Woodruff.

Photo: Sara Wilde Photography

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