17 Unique Ways to Personalize the Boutonniere

An arrangement of blooms isn't the only option for the wedding day.
by Andrea Fowler

When it comes to the bouquet and boutonniere, there aren't any rules. You can go with blooms that match your color scheme, or no blooms at all (like paper or broach bouquets). Succulents are always a popular choice since they add a natural, unique-looking texture, or a sprig of berries can also be a fun alternative to fresh blooms. Go for a style that matches your personality and you can't go wrong. Check out some of the most unique boutonnieres we've ever seen to help inspire your own.

  1. 1. Super Hero Legos

    Personalized lego superhero groom and groomsmen boutonnieres
    photo by NBarrett photography

    Little superhero Lego figurines are small enough not to be distracting but speak volumes to the groom's personality. This is a great way to infuse personalization into the ceremony (and his attire).

    From: A Whimsical, Rustic Vintage Wedding at Pecan Springs Ranch in Austin, Texas

  2. 2. Non-Floral Alternative

    Orange flower brooch boutonniere
    photo by The Grays Photography

    With brooch bouquets on the rise, it was only a matter of time before they made their way over to fellas' attire too. Pin a brooch or felt flower on his lapel.

    From: A Romantic Outdoor Wedding at a Private Residence in Columbia, Missouri

  3. 3. Hand-Made Artwork

    Personalized dog pin boutonniere
    photo by Jennifer Davis Photography

    Replace a traditional floral pin with a fun button, like this mini hand-drawn picture of a beloved pet. He'll love that it's both practical and personal.

    From: A Red and Gold Wedding in Jersey City, New Jersey

  4. 3. Metallic Accents

    Thistles and gold accented boutonniere
    photo by Ely Brothers Photography

    Adding just a hint of gold turns a regular boutonniere into a one-of-a-kind accessory. Spray-paint heartier floral elements, like leaves and seeds, for a pop of metallic.

    From: A Snowy Mountain Lodge Wedding in Centennial, Wyoming

  5. 5. Sporty Details

    Golf tee groom boutonniere
    photo by J.Woodbery Photography

    If the groom is a sports enthusiast, incorporate his favorite pastime in his bout. Get creative with red string for baseball, orange roses for basketball or add some tees to the seasoned golfer's lapel.

    From: An Elegant Outdoor Wedding at Aldridge Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama

  6. 6. Wrapped In Twine

    Rustic Billy Ball boutonniere wrapped in twine
    photo by The Herrintons

    Rustic wedding theme? Wrap the boutonniere in twine to give it a bit of texture and charm.

    From: A Country Barn Wedding at Herot Hall Farm in Kenna, West Virginia

  7. 7. Themed Decal

    Pink peony boutonniere with a nautical gold crab decal
    photo by Meaghan Elliott Photography

    If you're having a destination or oceanside wedding, choose a bout add-in that speaks to your location. Keeping the color relatively neutral or tucking it behind a few small flowers is enough to let it be noticed, but doesn't overwhelm the lapel.

    From: A Kate Spade–Inspired Beachside Wedding at Sanderling Resort in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

  8. 8. Unique Florals

    Unique boutoniere idea with berries and fiddlehead ferns
    photo by Alyona Photography

    Not a flower kind of guy? No worries. You don't have to have a single petal on that bout if you don't want to. Look to greenery, berries or fiddlehead ferns for a unique alternative.

    From: A Shabby-Chic Wedding at the Pavilion at Pepper Plantation in Awendaw, South Carolina

  9. 9. Barley and Grains

    Hops and beer bottle cap boutonniere idea

    Pay homage to a favorite craft brew with a few hops, barley and beer bottle cap.

    From: A Craft-Brewery-Themed Wedding at Los Angeles Harbor Masonic Lodges in San Pedro, California

  10. 10. Herbs

    Lavender and seeded eucalyptus boutonniere wrapped in twine
    photo by Sharaya Mauck Photography

    A small arrangement of lavender with seeded eucalyptus looks minimal and sophisticated at the same time.

  11. 11. Unexpected Add-Ons

    Simple rustic boutonniere with flowers and an antique key
    photo by Alyona Photography
  12. 12. Rope Knots

    Nautical boutonniere idea using small rope pieces and mini star fish
    photo by Keepsake Memories Photography

    For a nautical wedding, a great flower alternative is a small knot. It goes perfectly with the theme while also acting as a symbol for your relationship.

    From: A Nautical Beach Wedding at Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

  13. 13. Force Be With You

    Darth Vader Lego boutonniere idea
    photo by Sharaya Mauck Photography
  14. 14. Paper Flower

    photo by Randy + Ashley Studios
  15. 15. Bout and Tie Coordination

    Matching tie and boutonniere groom's look
    photo by J.Renee Studios

    If you want to get really stylish, coordinate the colors in your tie with the blooms in the bout. (Extra style points for a chic pocket square!)

    From: A Celestial Boho Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Las Vegas, Nevada

  16. 16. Gun Shell Casing

    Gun shell boutonniere idea with feathers
    photo by Votive Photography

    The metallic casing looks modern, while lending a bit of masculinity to the lapel.

    From: A Rustic DIY Wedding at a Private Residence in Helena, Montana

  17. 17. Heirloom Accessory

    Pocket watch and antique key boutonniere
    photo by Mozingo Photography

    Wearing a family heirloom on the wedding day is a sweet tradition that holds high sentimental value. Have your groom pin a treasured object on his lapel for all to admire.

    From: A Timeless Vintage Wedding in Asheville, North Carolina

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