It's only fair that your groom looks every bit as stylish as you do, and a great way to make sure he stands out is with a fashionable boutonniere.
While floral boutonnieres are always a lovely choice, let's face it — not all guys are into flowers. So if that's the case with your groom, then get creative with a more unique, out-of-the-box boutonniere that truly reflects his interests, style, and personality.
To help, we've rounded up some of the coolest alternative boutonniere ideas from around the web. There's a style for every guy, from a miniature drum-kit boutonniere for the groom who's in a band, to an heirloom brooch-turned-bout for the groom who wants to honor his family. Not to mention a Yoda boutonniere for the ultimate Star Wars fan! We've also incorporated favorite wedding themes, like a nautical-rope option if you're planning a preppy celebration by the sea, or an unexpected boutonniere fashioned from a spiky air plant — perfect if you're envisioning a more modern and hip affair.
In case the last time your groom donned a boutonniere was for high school prom, here's a quick refresher. The boutonniere, named after the French word for buttonhole, is traditionally worn by the groom and groomsmen on the left lapel of his suit, sport jacket, or blazer. It's important that the boutonniere is hardy enough to withstand an evening of hugs from relatives — all the more reason to forgo a fresh-flower boutonniere in favor of something that won't wilt under pressure. Bonus: These non-floral alternatives also double as a wedding keepsake that will last long after the last dance.
Read on to get inspired and see the 20 alternative boutonniere ideas that made our list.Photo: Illustration by Katie Buckleitner