Wedding Alphabet – B is for …

B is for buttonhole

A boutonnière  is a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower or bud. Boutonnière is the French word for buttonhole.

Wedding button holes

The tradition of flower buttonholes originated from the ancient Greeks when the male members of the wedding party wore a small bunch of fragrant flowers attached to their clothing near the heart. It was believed to ward off evil spirits who could turn the Groom’s heart against his new Bride.

During the knights of the realm the wearing of the buttonhole came to England , replacing the ribbons that used to be worn in a lady’s colours upon their chest that signified their everlasting love.

When deciding on the Groom’s buttonhole it is traditional for him to have a different one from the other male members of the wedding party, ensuring he stands out from the crowd.

The best man’s buttonhole can be similar but not as full as the Groom’s and the remaining males such as ushers, page boys and any close family members are usually made up of a single flower with a leaf or two.

Buttonholes are traditionally worn on the left lapel pinned to the back of the buttonhole of the man’s suit jacket with the flowers facing upwards and the ones worn by the male members of the wedding party normally match the Bride’s bouquet and/or the bridesmaids’ dresses.

As a wedding photographers we are regularly asked to help the wedding party put their button holes on, so here’s some tips:-

Attaching and wearing a Buttonhole:
The buttonhole is worn on the left hand side (because its above your heart!) and should be pinned on the outside of the buttonhole of the left lapel, rather than in the button hole.

It is usually secured by placing a pin from the back of the lapel. 
The pin will then be invisible from the front.

Ensure that you and your groomsmen, all wear their buttonholes on the same side.

The stems of the buttonholes point down.

attaching wedding buttonholes

The video clip below will show you exactly how to pin your wedding buttonhole