They are possibly the smallest floral element for a wedding but there is no doubting the importance of the buttonhole. Worn mainly by The Groom and the closest, most precious family members of a Bride and Groom, they tie the bridal party together, make those involved feel special and included, and of course last a lifetime in the wedding photos.
For the past few years, Brides (and Grooms) have stepped away from the traditional wired rose with a spot of foliage buttonhole and started to consider a more relaxed, delicate and natural tied style. A tied buttonhole shows the stems of the blooms and allows more experimentation with textural ribbons such as velvet or grosgrain, or undyed raffias and twines.
Keeping the stems rather than wiring also allows a florist to offer more complimenting flowers and foliages to the main bloom such as lemongrass-scented wax flower, astrantia, scabious pods, snowberries, viburnum and lavender.
Although lots of little floral elements go into making a buttonhole, the choice of main focal flower is slightly more limited. Longevity is of upmost importance when choosing your blooms for buttonholes as they will be out of water all day and don't have the supporting flowers that a bouquet has therefore is more likely to feel sorry for itself more quickly... Beautiful blooms which are fabulous in buttonholes include roses, garden roses, peonies, lisianthus, anemones, ranunculus and dahlias.
Many brides are also lucky these days to have obliging grooms who are open to more extravagant or stylish buttonhole designs and embrace the idea of wearing something a little more visually impactful or striking.
We hope we have given you some inspirational ideas for your wedding day florals. Buttonholes may be small but what they lack in size they make up for in their ability to stylise special members of the family, your Groom and his ushers.
The Country Flower Company x