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Five Boutonnieres To Show Your Quirky Wedding Day Style

by | Groom, Groom Fashion, Groom Style


Daniella Doughan


Image by A Bear a Deer and a Fox via Chloe and Tim’s Jervis Bay Waterside Wedding

From miniature cacti to bright red chilies, boutonnieres (or buttonhole flowers on your lapel) are a great way to make a statement. But before we get started, let’s find out where it all started.

A quick online search has told me that boutonnieres came about in medieval times; a token a female admirer would give a knight to wear into battle. Now, apparently it shows the groom and groomsmen are tied to the bride and bridal party. Another source says they were originally designed to ward off evil spirits, smells and disease.

Whatever their purpose used to be, they’re now a great little way to show your individuality. Traditionally in weddings, boutonniere flowers have mirrored the bridal bouquet, but this is no longer the case. There’s no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to choosing flowers for the big day, so here’s a round up of five quirky boutonnieres to showcase your personality.

Pinwheel or rosette

An easy DIY option, the pinwheel is a great choice to get people talking (for the right reasons). You’ll need double-sided paper (brownie points if this is something meaningful, like a letter from your bride-to-be or movie ticket stubs from your first date), scissors and some glue. Find easy to follow instructions in our Paper DIY Rosette Buttonhole tutorial or for those non-origami experts, Three Cord Designs is a sweet online shop.


Image by Amie Otto Photography


Image via Three Cord Designs


Berries combined with other greenery is a less ‘out there’ option for those who want to break free from traditional flowers. It doesn’t matter whether you use real or artificial berries, but remember, no matter how hungry you get, don’t even think about eating these later in the night!


Image by Luminarie Photography by Wendy Chung via Larissa and Rayne’s Simple Byron Bay Wedding


Image by Brklyn View Photography

Mini Succulents

Who doesn’t love succulents? The perfect choice for summer, these bad boys are a great way to freshen up both your look as well as your groomsmen’s. They’re great value for money, won’t wilt and look great. Stems can be wrapped together with wire and if you keep the roots in tact, your groomsmen can take them home and grow them as a permanent reminder of your day.


Image by Georgia Wiggs via Ashleigh & Jarrad’s Elegant Surprise Wedding


Image by Heather Bliss Photography


The bright red in chillies stands out brilliantly against black, navy or dark grey suits and are a perfect fit for the chefs and foodies amongst us. Whether you love the spice, grow your own or just enjoy the look, these boutonnieres will be sure to get heads turning. Be warned though, wash your hands after touching them – no one wants a groom with bloodshot, watery eyes and burning skin!


Image via afoxwedding

Lego Characters

Throwback to a childhood favourite with these fantastic Lego boutonnieres. This is another easy DIY choice; a Lego character can sit among smaller flowers or decorations. These cool little characters are perfect to feature your originality and fun side. After all, weddings are supposed to be fun.


Image via ABrideLessOrdinary

Swirl divider

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a fun way to add a touch of whimsy; love the pinwheel boutonniere for summer garden weddings! 

Inspired Memories – Adam

by | Groom, Inspired Memories


Ms Chinoiserie

Inspired Memories Adam

Months or sometimes years in the planning, your wedding day has finally arrived, and as Adam remembers from his sweet working farm wedding, the fondest memory is that moment when you see your bride walking towards you down the aisle.

“My favourite memory of the day was seeing Jess walking down the aisle towards me and knowing that this was it – I was finally about to marry her.”

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Images by The Gehrmanns

Groom Style – Nick

by | Groom, Groom Style


Ms Chinoiserie

Groom Style - Nick

Even with all the planning and checking and then re-checking, sometimes organizing wedding days suits can be a little tricky as Nick discovered in the lead up to his country marsala inspired wedding. But even when things seem to have fallen apart, you soon realize that every cloud really does has a silver lining!

“We originally had a few problems with the suit (probably the only thing to go wrong in the whole wedding planning and experience). In the end we bought our suits from Myer and they did an incredible job of organising our suits in a very short time. Ironically, the soft grey suits and burgundy bridesmaids’ dresses were the exact same colour scheme that my parents had on their wedding day (completely un-intentional!) So it was a little special to be channelling a vibe from their wedding.”

Groom putting on marsala tieq

Pink rose boutonerrie

Alison Dempster

Bridal party at Yandina Station

Casey J Photography Weding

Yandina Station Country Wedding

New married couple at Yandina Station

Queensland COuntry Wedding

Images by Casey J Photography

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