A fall color palette, with its rich hues and warm tones, has a large number of couples tapping it as their wedding design of choice. The boutonniere is yet another way to integrate these shades into the big day. “Boutonnieres began with a purpose (a personal potpourri to ward off smells) before they became a fashion statement,” says floral designer Jessica De Course.
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Accent flowers can round out a fall-inspired design, from bright yellow Witch Hazel and cherry Goldenrod to vibrant Mexican sage and lavender. “You could even forgo a flower and instead, use changing color foliage such as nandina or fall eucalyptus,” says De Course.
“The best flowers for boutonnieres hold up well out of the water and are sturdy for all of the hugs that one will undoubtedly encounter on the wedding day,” says De Course. Orange ranunculus, deep red phalaenopsis orchids, and garden roses in blush pink all fit the bill for appropriate choices. “Some more unique options are blueberries, eryngium, or even dried florals,” says De Course.
Read on for 21 inspiring boutonnieres that are perfect for a fall wedding.
Opt for Copper
An autumnal color palette can come to life in a variety of ways, from deep reds to bright oranges. Stick to a combination of warm tones with a boutonniere that includes copper, yellow, and pink accents.
Try Out Thistle
Part of the sunflower family, globe thistle’s purple-blue hue and unique texture can put it as a front runner for a striking boutonniere design. Paired with wax flower and greenery, the combination proves to be a refreshing take on a classic design.
Start With a Rose
Roses can be a wedding’s best friend, from the bride’s bouquet to the rose petals tossed for your grand exit. A usual bet for boutonnieres, the sturdy stem of a rose and its full head of petals means that it will withstand just about anything—and looks best accented with leaves or berries to bring the entire fall look together.
Succulent wedding decor is here to stay, and boutonnieres are no exception. The mini cacti hold up well, and add an effortless, relaxed touch to the overall floral design of the day.
Add Leaves Into the Mix
A crisp white rose is appropriate for any season (they’re incredibly timeless). Add a leaf or two to give a nod to the changing colors.
Select a Unique Color Combo
An out-of-the-box color combination can be what takes a boutonniere from basic to brilliant. Copper, blush, dark chocolate, and orange might not seem a likely combination, but with the right flowers, like roses, zinnias, and cosmos, you’ll have a composition that reflects the leaves of fall in all their glory.
Add velvet ribbon in rich colors like dark teal or burgundy to each boutonniere for a sumptuous design with just a little extra touch. A luxe fabric like velvet or silk will bring an unexpected warmth.
Use Unexpected Accents
“Lately, I’ve been into adding dried bunny tail grass to boutonnieres because of their small size, exciting texture, and everlasting condition,” says De Course. For this Tuscan destination wedding, the groom sported a petite boutonniere consisting of scabiosa pods, eucalyptus, and bunny tail grass tied with twine for a rustic take on an autumn-inspired design.
Add Dried Flowers and Grasses
“A great way to play into the fall season is to add dried bits to your boutonnieres, such as berries, grasses, or even greenery,” says De Course. Pampas grass is often used for weddings with a more bohemian flair, but the color and shape of the dried grass make it the perfect option for a fall-inspired boutonniere, no matter your wedding style. “It’s a great way to add texture and interest into the boutonnieres.”
Pick a Playful Pink
Create a playful design with light pinks and green that pull towards a darker colorway perhaps utilized elsewhere in the overall wedding design. Boutonnieres in these shades will surely pop against a dark tuxedo or suit and serve as the perfect complement to the cooler tones.
Extend an Olive Branch
Full yet surprisingly simple, a boutonniere composed solely of olive branches cut down to size is a welcome change from traditionally floral-heavy boutonnieres.
Add a Splash of Cream
For a fall wedding in any style, the deep red-orange of rust present as leaves or even spray roses will serve to warm up a creamy white rose and dusty green brunia for a whimsical boutonniere design.
Cafe au lait roses are on the softer side end of the spectrum when it comes to color palettes, but they are not without their ability to draw attention to themselves. Their dusty pink, almost beige shade, when accented with fall-toned berries, grasses, or other flowers, are a great option for wedding designed with the fall season in mind—without going overboard.
Strikingly unique, scabiosa pods are quickly becoming a fan favorite when it comes to wedding design. Especially perfect for fall nuptials due to their neutral color, the ball-shaped head creates a focal point for boutonnieres.
Make It Textured
Combining textures for any floral arrangement, from boutonniere to centerpiece, is an excellent way to add layers to any overall design. The soft, delicate petals of hellebores alongside something akin to Old Man’s Whiskers is a study in contrasts, and a great option for a boutonniere.
Fruit + weddings = a formidable combination, and boutonnieres shouldn’t be excluded from this brilliant concept. Blueberries are a unique option for a bit of something unexpected: Their transition from green to purple tips to blue ensures that no matter their stage of growth.
Keep Things Crimson
If there was a color of the autumn season (besides orange) crimson would be it. Put together a beautiful design of rich red foliage and flowers for a boutonniere that’s quintessentially fall.
While greenery is becoming more commonplace in terms of overall wedding design (like a greenery-only bridal bouquet), when it comes to boutonnieres, less can actually do more. Combine a single rose with various greenery for something playful, yet still stately.
Pay Homage to the Harvest
We can’t help but think of a fall harvest when it comes to wedding floral design for the autumn season. Whether pampas grass or dried cattail, this could be just the touch of fall you need for a boutonniere that’s chic, yet playful.
Consider Using Feathers
The ultimate expression of fall sophistication, we’ll never be over these all-feather boutonnieres. Warm autumn tones, varying patterns, the naturally rustic vibe it exudes.
Opt for Ranunculus
“My favorite flower to use for boutonnieres is ranunculus,” shares De Course. “Their flower heads are not only the perfect shape and size, but their style lends itself to a traditional fete or a clean-lined modern wedding, in addition to holding up well out of water.”
Incorporate Wax Flower
Wax flower has long been hailed as a perfect choice as a filler flower, so it should come as no surprise that it is an outstanding option for a boutonniere design as well! The tiny buds clustered tightly together on a single stem provide a simple option for a beautiful bout. Bonus: they symbolize lasting love and patience!