A boutonniere can stand only so many hugs. All that love -- plus heat and lack of water -- can leave flowers wilted. Ask your florist to make two boutonnieres for the groom -- one for the ceremony and one for pictures. Some florists will provide the extra one at no cost.
Decorate groomsmen's lapels with fresh and fabric boutonnieres -- tailored to an autumn affair. Pick one design or mix and match. The leaves are made of handsome textiles, including felt, wool-suiting fabric, and corduroy; the patterns mimic the veins of real leaves. Fiddleheads and sprigs of oregano, fresh lilac, rosemary, and grasses lend contrasting color. Make leaves ahead; add flora on the wedding day.
Boutonnieres made of ribbon have endless design potential (and, unlike real blooms, are always in season). Create them for your groomsmen with ribbon that matches the bridesmaids' dresses or the ribbons around their bouquets. Give them a masculine feel by using a striped, plaid, or checked pattern. Ours are crafted of 1-inch-wide grosgrain.
Boutonnieres are a special way to welcome guests to the wedding: Place a bowl filled with the florets of hyacinth, narcissus, or another fragrant flower on a table, along with a card, beautifully calligraphed, inviting guests to take one as they enter the ceremony or reception. Set a tumbler of glass-headed pins alongside the blooms.
The groom and groomsmen will have a special keepsake if they wear these everlasting beaded boutonnieres. You will need vintage or new beaded leaves and pearlescent floral pips, along with floral tape and green double-sided seam binding. The pips come four or five to a bunch. Cluster three or four sets of pips together with three leaves; wrap them with floral tape. Then wrap them again in the seam binding. Affix to lapels using straight pins.
Clockwise, from upper right: A green-ribbon-wrapped rose and bud; a sprig of chaste snowberries; three scented tuberose blossoms and buds; two green acorns and stephanotis, their stems twisted together in striped ribbon; the organdy-like petals of ranunculus bound in baby blue; a single fragile spray of lily of the valley on its own green leaf, doubly bowed; one fresh gardenia on its own gleaming leaves.
Welcome everyone to the festivities with cheerful boutonnieres. Hardy, inexpensive Mokara orchids pluck cleanly from their stalks and are long-lasting; we embellished each with taffeta ribbon. About 20 minutes before the ceremony, have your florist or wedding coordinator set them on trays near the entrance along with glass-head pins and a sign inviting people to take one.
Resting on scalloped tags, boutonnieres were laid out in a moss-lined basket for the groom, two of his groomsmen, and his father and grandfather. The adornments for the groom and best man were distinguished by golden bittersweet -- the clusters also combine blackberries, fuzzy bunny tails, and variegated dogwood, all tied with apricot-colored ribbon.
Fabric flowers make a pretty, wilt-proof way for guests to find their seats and then sport as corsages or boutonnieres. Simply use floral tape to attach a brooch pin to the stem of a fabric flower (these are from Dulken and Derrick). Have a calligrapher pen names onto strips of card stock, then punch small holes on one end and slip pins through.
The bride's bouquet has green ranunculus, Dutch roses, and sophisticated varieties of carnations; the carnations are the sole bloom in the bridesmaid arrangement. In both, the stems are bound with satin-and-organdy ribbon. A corsage with cryptanthus foliage looks lovely pinned to a pink leather clutch (by Lauren Merkin). For the men, santini mums and a single leaf are tied with felt rickrack.
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