Last Updated on April 7, 2022 by Marco C.
Today, we’re going to be looking at a cheap boutonniere for wedding, and how you can even do it yourself at home! With most things you may need for your wedding day, the cheapest way to go about doing it – is to do it yourself. However, that requires you to put aside time and effort to get the job done before the wedding. So whether you want to make your own, or buy them readymade – let’s take a look at how to get the best value for your money.
What Is A Boutonniere?
If you’ve been to a wedding before, you’ll likely already know what a boutonniere is. It’s a spray of flowers (or a singular flower) that is often worn in the buttonhole of your blazer jacket or your lapel. More often than not, it’s the male members of the wedding party that wear a boutonniere; however, anyone can choose to wear one if the happy couple choose so. Boutonnieres are more commonly worn at weddings, but they’re also worn at formal dances too, such as prom and homecoming.
How To Pin A Boutonniere
Whether you’re using the lapel or shirt method, pinning a boutonniere can be quite tricky if you’re unsure what you’re doing. However, FTD has an amazing step-by-step guide on how to secure your boutonniere safely for the big day.
Some suits already have a buttonhole in the lapel of the jacket. If so, it’s super easy to attach a boutonniere using the buttonhole. All you need to do is:
- Put the stem through the buttonhole. There’s usually string behind the lapel to keep the stem secure after you tuck it in.
- Tuck the stem into the string.
- Position the flower the way you’d like. It’s important to note that traditionally, the boutonniere for a male is always worn on the left and should always be facing towards you.
- Ensure the boutonniere is secure and you’re ready to go!
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Making Your Own Boutonniere
If you’re choosing to make your own boutonnieres, it’s definitely the cheapest option; although certainly the most time-consuming. The groom should always have a different boutonniere from the groomsmen so that he’s easily identifiable. The groomsmen can wear similar flowers in their boutonnieres – just something a little less extravagant! Let’s take a look at how to make your own boutonniere from this amazing tutorial from Blooms by the Box.
You Will Need:
- 1 stem of Freedom Rose
- 2 stems of Pittosporum
- Two stems of Eucalyptus
- 2 stems of Thistle Eryngium
- Floral Tape
- Straight Pins
- Boutonniere Pins
- Floral Scissors
- Paring Knife
- Grab your Freedom Rose stem (it can be any flower) and cut to leave around 3-4 inches of stem.
- Get the Pittosporum stem and cut the same length. Arrange together.
- Add the thistle to the arrangement and hold it in place.
- Grab the Eucalyptus and add to the arrangement – you may need to cut small pieces for this.
- Hold together in place and wrap with floral tape, just under the bloom of the rose. Tape downwards and leave a third of the stem on show.
- Trim stems with scissors.
- Use ribbon of choice (should be 5/8″ in width) and cut to around 8 inches.
- Hold the ribbon under the bloom and pin it in place. Repeat until you can no longer see the tape, and can only see the ribbon. Secure in place and pin on the lapel/buttonhole.
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I hope this article has helped to answer the question: how to make or find a cheap boutonniere for a wedding. Whether you’re making them yourself or buying them made, be sure to shop around and find quotes from a selection of local suppliers; that way you’ll know you’re getting the best deal for your money.
Did you make your own boutonnieres? Or did you buy ones that were ready to go on your wedding day? If you’re comfortable sharing how much you paid for them, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
How Much Do Boutonnieres Cost For a Wedding?
On average, boutonnieres can cost anywhere from $5-$20. This will all depend on the style of flower you choose, and how big the spray of flowers you choose is. For example, flowers like daisies and carnations start from around $5. Roses are in the mid-range at around $10-$15. And flowers like Gerberas can be between $20-$25! These prices are all based on fresh flowers. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, try opting for a silk flower boutonniere. They don't look quite as realistic, but they're around $5-$10.
What Can I Use Instead of a Boutonniere?
Some people don't want flowers at their wedding for a range of reasons. If you're one of those people, but you'd still like a boutonniere, you can try one of the following quirky ideas: shell boutonniere, paper and ribbons boutonniere, pinwheel boutonniere, button boutonniere and even a cone boutonniere!
Is a Boutonniere Necessary for a Wedding?
Absolutely not! If you don't want to have boutonnieres at your wedding, you don't need to. You need to remember that it's your wedding and you must choose whatever you feel happiest with at your wedding. While it's popular at weddings for the male members of the party to wear boutonnieres, it's not compulsory - and it doesn't have to be an important part of your day!
Who Should Wear Boutonnieres at a Wedding?
The most important person that should be wearing a boutonniere at your wedding is the groom. However, it doesn't stop there! There's a surprisingly amount of people that wedding experts suggest wear a boutonniere - but you can choose as many, or as few as you wish. Typically, the groomsmen and bridesmen (male members of the bridal party) wear boutonnieres. Alongside the groomsmen, the fathers and stepfathers of the couple tend to wear one, as well as the grandfathers of the couple. Also, it can be a nice idea to include the ring bearers, ushers and officiants in this too, as it often makes them feel like they're part of the wedding party.