Tying the knot? I have very close friends who recently got engaged and are now planning for their big day. Needless to say, it was something that all of our friends are so excited about. For the celebrants … the bliss of their engagement comes with a lot task and planning to get to the big day.
I am very close to the bride and groom so I am trying to see what tips I can share to them. I also have a niece and a nephew who also just tied the knot last month. Then I figured, because of all the changes in our world, a lot of wedding had to be put on hold the past two years! That’s how I came to this idea of sharing a few pointers here on the blog in case you or someone you know will be getting married.
When you are finalizing all of your wedding list and you are allocating jobs, have you looked at what you have allocated to your new groom to be? Most brides tend to take on the bulk of the wedding planning and while it makes sense she would like to be in control, it’s often forgotten that this is his wedding, too! One of the jobs that you can give over to your groom to consider is the buttonholes that he uses for his groomsmen and himself. Let’s be honest, while some are still hoping or wishing for a grand wedding, at the moment, it is more common for occasions and events to be on the intimate side these days. So owning your wedding style, and going for something that would make it more memorable even in a simpler way makes a grand difference.
He may know how to tie his own cravat, but that doesn’t mean that the outfit is complete without the right buttonhole filler. These are such tiny additions to the outfit, but they can really make a big difference to the complete look. Not only that, but they match the bridal bouquet. Sure, you can get some more information from your florist about whether they will make them with the bouquet, but the best thing that you can do is to consider the fact that you can choose the buttonholes – and they may not even be flowers!
What are buttonholes?
A buttonhole is the common phrase for “boutonniere”, which is the male version of a bouquet. The bride carries her own bouquet down the aisle, but the gents out there wear theirs in their suits. They rest on the lapel and they can also be stuck through the buttonhole. Sometimes they are made with flowers from the same bouquet, but they can be made of other things, too. Often, the father of the bride and the father of the groom also wear them. Men who are part of the wedding party show off a little with their suits, so why not these, too.
Why order buttonholes?
Of course, these aren’t a “need” for the wedding to go off without a hitch. However, if all the bridesmaids are looking gorgeous in matching colors and clothing, why can’t the groomsmen be a part of the fun? You want to have a group of friends there with you, and your wedding photos are going to look stunning when you all have the same “uniform”.
What should the buttonholes look like?
A buttonhole should be similar to the rest of the theme of the wedding. Choosing the boldest bloom in the handheld bouquet is smart and it looks gorgeous.
Can I personalize my buttonholes?
Yes! Any element of the wedding can be personalized but the buttonholes can be exclusive. Some grooms like to add a jewel or a superhero symbol as a nod to their friends. You can get creative here, but you don’t want to steal the spotlight so talk it through with the bride first!
Does it have to be flowers?
Traditionally, a buttonhole is made with flowers. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can use greenery, paper, pocket watches and even Lego buttonholes! You don’t have to be into flowers to have a buttonhole on your wedding day.
Have you attended a wedding recently? Do you know anyone who is into buttonholes? I would love to know! Please share some thoughts using the comment box below.