A boutonniere is a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower or bud. Boutonniere is the French word for Buttonhole. Some believe that the tradition of wearing flowers goes back to ancient civilizations like the Egyptians or Aztecs. They were believed to wear certain flowers to show their support for players who participated in sporting events.
The boutonniere became popular as lapel adornment in the early 19th century. The fashions of this time period started to include coats that folded open at the top, revealing the inside of the buttonhole.
At weddings the boutonniere is worn on the left lapel of a man's suit jacket or tuxedo. When I started making boutonnieres, many years ago, the traditional flower used was the rose, sometimes stephanotis or a carnation. Wow, have things changed. As you can see from the image in this post anything goes. This boutonniere uses blueberries and succulents! I like to use blossoms for the Groom's boutonniere that are similar to the flowers used in the Bridal bouquet. I usually make the Groom's boutonniere different from the other men in the wedding party.
The blossoms need to be durable so that each stem is wired and taped so that it will remain secure during a close dance, embrace or lively frolic on the dance floor! It's a new trend to add ribbon to the buttonhole. Ribbon was typically used only for a woman's corsage. Because the down-to-earth style has influenced wedding trends many times twine is used, a more "rustic" fun twist on the traditional wedding boutonniere.