The Boutonnière

by | Flowers, Groom


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Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride September 23rd 2008

Ms Polka Dot recently headed to the expert to get the lowdown on those flowers we’re supposed to wear on our chests. The Boutonnieres! She spoke to leading Melbourne florist Kate Hill of Kate Hill Flowers for her tips.


Photo by Kate Hill Flowers

What is the history of the boutonniere?

I believe the history of the boutonnière dates well back into the 1700’s and is a French term for a buttonhole flower. Don’t the French know how to make just about anything sound sexy!

They are symbolic of a new age of men’s style and status and are worn to highlight the significance and formality of an occasion and also add a personal flair to the gentlemen’s suit. At weddings they are used to highlight the importance of a male guests and most often matched to the style of the brides flowers.

Interestingly high-end couturiers in the 1800’s were known to integrate support for small hidden boutonnière vases into the gentlemen’s suits. Fortunately our wedding boutonnières only have to ‘survive’ an afternoon and evening, whereas back then they commonly worn by men all day.

Is there any ‘etiquette’ concerning boutonniere?

The key etiquette surrounding the boutonnière is that the groom has a distinguished boutonnière from the groom’s men and the other boutonnière, including the fathers of the bride and groom who also have boutonnière distinguished from the groomsmen. Detail is the key to this and a good florist should pick up on family history or items of significance to the family or relationships of the men and using this as influence for the design if possible. Detail within the boutonniere should work to almost create a hierarchy, while colour and key blooms will bring them all together.

Are there particularly good flowers to use for boutonniere?

Hearty flowers like orchids, such as Cymbidium, Singapore, Vanda, Phalaenopsis varieties are ideal as they hold water within their blooms ensuring that the flowers looks amazing and fresh for the entire event. These flowers are best in Summer.

Most flowers such as Roses, Tulips, Calla Lilies are also good as long as they are fresh for the day and prepared right before the wedding.

What are the different ways of binding a boutonniere?

These days boutonnieres are designed very differently to the old days. The principals are still the same, wiring each bloom individually and taping the stems, but there is further embellishment to the boutonniere with detailing wire and ribbons commonly used.

Should the boutonniere match the bride’s bouquet?

I believe the bridal partners should match but it’s always a personal choice. The groom should always stand out with the bride, and the groomsmen should compliment the bridesmaids.


Photo by Kate Hill Flowers

What flowers should a Groom consider for his boutonniere for summer, winter, autumn, spring?

In summer blooms such as Calla Lilies, Gardenias, Vanda Orchids, Singapore Orchids, Rannunculis, Hyacinths, Garden Roses and Miniature Succulents are available. In spring there is an abundance of everything! Blooms such as the Bulb Blooms (Tulips, Earlycheer), Daphne, Peony Roses and Roses are best. Autumn and Winter brings beautiful Cymbidium Orchids in many tones, flowering Magnolias, Lily of the Valley and interesting textural foliage.

What are some of the more creative ideas you’ve used?

I always base my creations on meaning that is significant to the bride and groom so this makes it a little tricky to say one stands out from another, but incorporating materials and lace from the brides gown, detailing with wire and items such as crystals and even mini succulents have been used. I really do try to take a story that is unique to the couple and express it in a unique way so they remember them forever.

Thanks for joining us on Polka Dot Groom Kate! Do check out Kate’s website Kate Hill Flowers for more of her stylish floral work!

Groom The Groom

by | Groom, Hair and Skincare


Polka Dot Bride

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride September 22nd 2008

Today the boys from brand new Australian male groom products online store Himage are sharing their top groom tips for the Polka Dot Groom!


Photo by Apertura

Now that you have made the decision to wed the love of your life it is important to LOOK SHARP on the big day. Photos and memories will stay with you and your loved ones forever so do your utmost to be the best looking groom possible. A few simple tips from the guys from Himage could help set tongues wagging about how great the groom looked….not just the bride!

In the month leading up to the big day try and develop a morning and evening, basic and fun, skincare routine. In the morning try and get into the habit of a five step routine of:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Shave
  3. Tone
  4. Post Shave
  5. Moisturise

Of an evening a quick cleanse, tone & moisturise should be enough to keep your skin looking bright and healthy.

If the above sounds like we are speaking a foreign language, let us at give you a quick five minute lesson in “How To” quickly and efficiently transform yourself into Brad Pitt for your wedding day.

CLEANSE: A good quality cleanser removes dirt, excess oil, pollutants and dead skin cells. It will also help un-clog pores and reduce acne blemishes.

Most cleansers are suitable for all skin types. For oily skin choose a stronger, acid based cleanser and lotion-type cleansers for dry skin.

Apply by mixing in hands with a small amount of warm water and then massage in a lathered form into your face and neck. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.

SHAVE: Shaving cream/gel softens beard hair making it easier to cut. It creates a surface for your razor to glide over reducing the likelihood of razor burn and post-shave blemishes. If using an electric razor use an electric razor pre-shave oil.

The majority of shave creams and gels are appropriate for all skin types.

Wet your face with warm water and apply with fingers or a shave brush to lather onto the beard area.

Shave downward, the way your whiskers grow, from your sideburns toward your chin using long, even strokes. Apply light but firm pressure, pulling your skin taut before each stroke.

Rinse your razor with warm water after every stroke or two to keep it from getting clogged with hair.

Shave the area around your chin. Shave upward as necessary to make the area smooth. When shaving under your chin, pull the razor from your throat area toward your chin.

Shave your upper lip, keeping the skin tight by curling your lip over your front teeth.

Wash off any excess shaving cream and examine your face for straggling hairs. Check the edge of your jaw, around your ears, and near your lips and nostrils for missed hairs. Go back with the razor to shave any hairs you missed.

Photo by Bebb Studios

TONE: Using a toner restores the skins acid levels after cleansing and shaving and removes any cleanser or shaving residue.

Guy’s with oily skin should choose a toner-astringent whilst dry skin types should choose a hydrating toner.

Apply using a cotton ball to your face and neck.

POST SHAVE: A post-shave cream will help restore moisture to the skin after it has been shaved and relieves irritation.

A spot treatment can help eliminate ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

Most post-shave creams are suitable for all skin types, use liquid based products if you have oily or sensitive skin.

Apply by massaging a small amount into freshly shaven skin.

MOISTURISE: A good moisturiser will absorb into the top layer of skin to aid water retention.

Use an oil-free lotion for oily skin or an oil based moisturiser for dry skin.

Massage with finger tips into the face.

If you feel like going over-the-top and want to treat yourself to the full works you can consider from time to time using an Eye Cream, Scrub and Mask.

EYE CREAM: Using an eye cream will reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness caused by fatigue and dark circles around the eyes.

It is applied by dabbing small amounts of cream around the eye area and gently massaging in.

It should be applied after cleansing and toning.

SCRUB: Scrubs remove excess dead skin cells and help un-clog pores and reduce the development and appearance of acne blemishes.

Most facial scrubs are appropriate for all skin types.

Apply by mixing with warm water and massage into the face and neck as you would do when cleansing. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.

It should only be used every two or three days after cleansing and before shaving.

MASK: A clay mask cleans pores and reduces excess oil build up resulting in an improved face tone and texture.

Most clay masks are suitable for all skin types.

Steam face over a bowl of hot water and apply clay in a thin layer to your forehead, nose and chin. Let clay dry to a flaky consistency and rinse with warm water. Pat dry with a soft towel.

Masks may lead to small breakouts so it is advisable to use at least a week prior to your wedding day.

We hope the short lesson above will help you LOOK SHARP on your big day!

PS – after being married for 6 months you may want to check out our great range of Anti-Ageing products.


Chris & Rick

Chris and Rick will be back later this week with their recommended products to keep you looking good! You can check out their website here or email them with further questions at [email protected]

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride September 21st 2008

The third edition of Snapshot Sunday – The Groom’s Edition focuses on the Groom and the most important males in his life! To round off the week devoted to the groomsmen, here are some of Ms Polka’s favourite shots of the guys!

There is the shot of the guys all standing together, which while serves it’s function can be a little typical. I love seeing the guys together and I love when they show their personalities and get creative.


Photo by Rob & Lauren


Photo by Stacy Reeves Photography


Photo by Bebb Studios


Photo by Danny Weiss


Photo by James Day