Just about any bloom will work for the wedding boutonniere, but why stick with predictable picks? Luckily, there's no shortage of ideas. But how do you pick the perfect wedding boutonniere that will earn your seal of approval and still feel like a cohesive part of your floral design?
What Is a Boutonniere?
A boutonniere is a floral accessory worn on the lapel of a tux or suit jacket for weddings and other special occasions.
Start with the color: White, green, and yellow are all popular shades. Another great way to balance out a boutonniere is with the addition of bold greenery. Fresh herbs, leafy greens, or a modern succulent are all great additions to softer-hued flowers. Or go with one large succulent, a cluster of greens or berries, or a barely there off-white cluster of nontraditional wedding flowers—we like perennial astilbe or clematis—for a look that expresses a more modern style.
In an effort to help you select the perfect boutonniere, we rounded up 50 great ideas that you're sure to love.
Rosebuds and Bunny Tails
Red and white rosebuds totally pop against this gray, acutely patterned suit jacket without clashing with that funky purple pocket square. We love how the addition of feathery dried grasses and fluffy bunny tails completely refreshes this otherwise traditional rose boutonniere.
Blue Grape Hyacinths
There's nothing more evocative of a brilliant summer day than this cluster of blue grape hyacinths wrapped in a natural, bleached burlap. Best of all? The flowers were picked up from the local flower market the day before this intimate waterfront wedding.
Dried Grasses and Chrysanthemum
Now, this is posh with an organic boho twist. The oh-so sophisticated formal tux gets a brush of nature with a boutonniere of bleached, dried grasses and chrysanthemums. We can't help but drool over the color palette.
Flag Pins and a Single Rose
Let your flags fly and wear your national pride on your, er, lapel on your wedding day. This white rose boutonniere is crowned with an American and Canadian flag pin representing the newlyweds' separate nationalities coming together.
Scabiosa and Rosemary
These playful bundles present an unexpected composition. Lollipop scabiosa and fragrant rosemary come together in the most elegant way.
Green Hellebores and Privet Berries
These boutonnieres of muted green hellebores, reddened foliage, and tiny privet berries encapsulate all the romance of an autumnal wedding. We love that each tiny posy keeps with the uniformity of the bunch but takes on a unique look all its own.
A Garden Rose With Tuberose and Delphinium
Now here's a romantic boutonniere. A rust-hued garden rose is framed by pale pink and cream tuberose and delphinium for a color palette that harmonizes beautifully with the pale tuxedo.
Pampas Grass and Greens
An inky tux with a black shawl collar can be difficult to accessorize. This bright pampas grass boutonniere contrasts exquisitely in both texture and tone without getting lost in the mix.
Purple and blue are far from your traditional nuptial color palette. But this purple clematis boutonniere and gray-blue suit certainly make a case for the combo.
Berry and Gum Leaves
A simple boutonniere comprised of berry, gum leaves, and additional greenery adds a fresh touch to this black-and-white ensemble. How sweet is that twine wrapped around the stems?
Mums With Dried Grasses and Ferns
We're definitely digging this combination of bold, spicy hues with all-black attire and turquoise accents. The rich boutonniere gets its character from sunset-hued mums, dried grasses, and ferns.
Ivory Rose and Rosemary
Roses and rosemary seem like they would go hand in hand, which is why we're surprised we haven't seen more of them together. This herbaceous medley consists of a single ivory rose and clusters of rosemary all wrapped in matching satin ribbon.
Astilbe Tied With Ribbon
Hello, texture! Fluffy and poignant astilbe is backed by greenery and held tightly with ribbon in this boutonniere. Check out how the pink ribbon picks up on the slightest bits of pink in the blooms.
Lavender and Olive Leaves
Fairy-tale nuptials in the French countryside clearly call for an equally enchanting boutonniere. This storybook design pairs sprigs of heavenly lavender with olive leaves and ties it all together with frayed linen in the palest shade of blue. Et voilà!
Garden Roses and Hypericum Berries
Pale green blooms and hints of white just exude "alfresco wedding." This boutonniere consists of locally foraged botanicals, garden roses, and hypericum berries in the most revitalizing of hues.
Mini Tulips and Herbs
Who doesn't instantly smile when looking at this jubilant little mix? Here, happy yellow tulips and rosemary come together in the most vivacious boutonniere.
Pieris and Dried Grasses
This charcoal suit takes on new life with a boutonniere of pieris and dried grasses. The sea-inspired textures and muted tones are a picture-perfect fit for a boho coastal wedding.
Succulent With Snowberries
If soft, cool tones are taking up real estate on your wedding mood board, you'll want to take note of these pale blues, soft grays, and powdery greens. This succulent boutonniere is accented with yellow snowberries and dusty miller leaves for a truly unique design.
Wintry Roses and Greenery
Think winter-wedding chic without all the obvious, seasonal connotations. These boutonnieres of plum, dusty purple, and cranberry roses with vibrant greenery completely nailed the aesthetic.
Hydrangea Blossoms, Berries, and Acorns
A white and green boutonniere comprised of hydrangea blossoms, berries, and acorns has all kinds of unexpected textures. And honestly, how sweet are those tiny acorns?
This blue striped suit and polka-dot bow tie need little extra in the way of accessories. A classic boutonniere comprised of off-white roses and extended stems finishes off the look nicely.
We absolutely adore a little rustic touch to an otherwise formal fête. This blue thistle and rosemary boutonniere totally has our hearts.
The protagonist of this boutonniere story is clearly the creamy rose in all its elegant glory. But those orange and purple buds might just have stepped out of their supporting roles and stolen the show.
Cream Rose With Browning Leaves
So creamy roses are by no means an unexpected choice when it comes to the wedding space. This combination of one with olive sprigs, browning leaves, and delicate champagne linen brings something new to the table—or, lapel as the case would have it.
Ranunculus Buds and Twine
This forest green tux is a decadent sartorial statement. We can't get enough of the coral ranunculus buds and twine popping against it.
White Overblown Ranunculus
Classic white is usually the best accent color when going up against a bold tie. This single, white overblown ranunculus holds up well without competing for attention.
Scabiosa With Privet Berries
Drama, drama, drama. This leather-lapeled tuxedo looks absolutely divine accented with a moody scabiosa and berry boutonniere.
Mustache Pin With Dried Wheat
What's a wedding without a little personality? This harvest-themed boutonniere of dried wheat and pastoral flowers gets a little pizazz with a mustache pin.
English Dogwood With Goat's Beard and Greenery
We've got a whole menagerie of florals mixed into these precious posies. Delightful English dogwood, fuzzy goat's beard, ample greenery, and twine make up these timeless boutonnieres of early summer blooms.
White and Green Stephanotis
Stephanotis is often considered "the wedding flower" as it symbolizes marital happiness and good luck. A classic white and green stephanotis boutonniere could be the good-luck charm you've been looking for, not that you need it.
Peach Ranunculus and Silver Brunia
This boutonniere of a single peach ranunculus and silver brunia highlights the fact that peach tones and silvery greens are quite complementary. We especially like the unique, duo-chrome approach to ribboning off the medley in silver and black.
Cream Rose With Greenery
This creamy rose has a significantly warm cast that picks up the faint reds in the greenery. Wrapped in dark green ribbon, the design looks quite inviting on the ivory lapel where a starker white may have seemed too cool.
Peach Ranunculus and White Nigella With an Air Plant
Think of air plants as the quirky, wild-card guest that elevates the party. This peach ranunculus and white nigella boutonniere definitely gets a little funky with the addition of that air plant.
Dried Roses and Feathers
What's in an autumnal boutonniere? Ample amounts of rusty fall foliage, reddened leaves, dehydrated crimson roses, and feathers, of course.
White Ranunculus With Snowberry Accents
You can't go wrong with quintessential white. This boutonniere is quite fresh with a large white ranunculus, greenery, and snowberries.
Pastel Mum With Bunny Tails and Berries
Straight out of a passage from a beloved children's storybook, this boutonniere tells the tale of a pastel mum, a pair of fluffy bunny tails, and a handful of inky berries. Also, it fits the easy-breezy style of this white linen suit to perfection.
White Orchid With Dotted Ribbon
Impeccable sophistication is the restrained touch of a single white orchid. We love how the black-and-white ribbon blends the floral accent with the formal ensemble.
Anthurium and Greenery
This heat-friendly boutonniere is comprised of an anthurium and tropical greenery. The combo is perfectly attuned to the style and climate of a tropical wedding, much like these Hawaiian nuptials.
Olive Leaves and Privet Berries
Such a Mediterranean medley is right at home in a coastal California wedding. Sprigs of olive leaves, mock privet berries, and organic linen ribbon couldn't be more aligned with a natural aesthetic.
Succulent, Lavender, and Eucalyptus
This rustic boutonniere is comprised of a succulent, sprigs of lavender, seeded eucalyptus, and wheat. Such a charming complement to a harvest-inspired or pastoral fête.
Acorns and Privet Berries
Get out the fall wedding inspo, this arrangement has all the autumnal feels. This whimsical boutonniere has it all with acorns, freesia bud, privet berries, and seeded eucalyptus.
White Spray Roses With Hypericum Berries
This boutonniere combining hypericum berries, white spray roses, and eucalyptus leaves is tied together with a peach silk ribbon. The soft pastel hues look quite refreshing against the blue backdrop of the suit.
Red Carnation, Succulent, and Thistle
Winter calls for rich, jewel tones. We love the wintry motif of a red carnation, blue thistle, succulent, willow eucalyptus, and ivy on this seasonal boutonniere.
A Single Rose With Minimal Greenery
This pastel rose boutonniere is subtly framed by a sprig of evergreen, a hint of dusty miller, and itty-bitty white buds. The mix blends effortlessly with the soft tones of the natural linen suit.
A Fly Fishing-Inspired Boutonniere
This boutonniere includes a personal touch: a hand-made fishing fly crafted by the bride's uncle. The unique accent was nestled amongst the white majolica rose, dusty miller, and astilbe for a pretty seamless look.
White Ranunculus With Subtle Greenery
White ranunculus and greenery make a subtle statement. We love the verdant theme against the gray-blue suit.
Baby's Breath and Twine
This twine-wrapped mini-bouquet is the perfect touch on a timeless black tux. The natural tones and organic textures of the baby's breath buds and twine considerably soften the formal attire for a more approachable look.