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.
For a modern, hip alternative to a floral boutonniere, consider a tiny tillandsia (a.k.a. air plant).
A sweet bird's-nest boutonniere is sure to elicit tons of "awwws" at the wedding.
Incorporating a family heirloom like a beautiful brooch is a meaningful way to add a personal touch to his wedding-day attire.
If your groom is a whiz in the kitchen, pay homage to his culinary skills with an entirely edible boutonniere, like this one fashioned from a baby carrot and fresh herbs like rosemary and lavender.
Is your groom a talented shutterbug? Surprise with him with a custom boutonniere by Fritts Rosenow that shows off his favorite hobby.
A tuft of cotton embellished with a pink-ribbon bow makes for a sweet and unexpected boutonniere.
Does your man play in a band? Fashion a playful boutonniere using ribbon and a miniature drum kit for him to don on his lapel.
For a wedding accessory that will last long after the celebration, opt for a floral boutonniere fashioned from colorful felt.
A pocket square made entirely of fresh blooms, like this thistle-and delphinium-filled design by Flower Talk, is a totally unique, chic way to accessorize his wedding-day look.
Miniature chalkboards hand-lettered with your groom's initials? Why not!
If your groom is an avid golfer, tie several colorful wooden tees together to form a sporty decoration for his jacket.
At this wedding, the men's lapels were colorfully decorated with fresh kumquats mixed with olive leaves and euphorbia.
Another edible boutonniere idea: mini pineapples! This idea is so perfect for a destination wedding in the tropics.
Going for a nautical wedding look? Complement the décor with rope-knot boutonnieres embellished with miniature starfish.
Love this idea: Laser-cut boutonnieres for the groom and his attendants incorporating nicknames, wedding roles, and inside jokes.
Up for a DIY project? Fashion these stylish paper-flower boutonnieres using origami paper in your wedding's color scheme.
Or, for something more playful and whimsical, whip up paper-pinwheel boutonnieres for the men to pair with their suits.
Incorporate your love for Scrabble by turning a tile in his initial into an adorable boutonniere.
Your groom will certainly stand out wearing a stylish miniature wreath fashioned from fresh greenery on his jacket.
Pay homage to his favorite movie of all time with a Star Wars-themed boutonniere (love this Lego Yoda!).