Wedding Trends: Boutonnieres

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Like most girls, I am a wedding fiend. I could almost be an expert in the field of wedding motifs and details. And as with every era, there are trends in weddings. I’ll be doing a few segments on popular trends in many of the important elements of a wedding. I’ve noted a few of my favorites below that you may consider if you are currently or about to plan to your day.

The main fad in weddings overall is the rejection of a formal and/or modern wedding. Most people are opting for a more laid back setting for comfort. This isn’t to say that it isn’t a dressy occasion; it’s just not a black tie affair anymore. And modern, understated themes and decorations are being ignored for antique, intricate, rustic elegance.

I’ve started this series out small with a simple, yet decisive detail for the groom. Considering that the groom doesn’t have much leeway in terms of fashion, the boutonniere is a major piece of his outfit. Usually for prom, weddings and pretty much any other occasion, a man’s boutonniere is usually the uber-traditional rose, maybe with some Baby’s Breath. This has been the standard method of operation of men’s formal fashion for decades and possibly a century. Gladly, this boring cycle has been broken :)

Grooms (and probably more specifically brides) are now going for unique boutonnieres that haven’t been done before. The trend is becoming a simple, unexpected flower that fits the suit perfectly (which is usually no longer black as well). If the groom does wear a rose, it commonly comes with a twist now. Original boutonnieres can include a small shrub, berries, a pretty non-flowering plant, cloth or paper. A very innovative (but modern) one is an origami boutonniere. Depending on your wedding design, it could work in a classic or modern setting.

My favorite one I’ve seen so far is a cloth wrapped in green wire to make the shape of a flower. This gives a homey, casual yet antique complement to the groom’s garb. Also, there is a shift from a plain pin to more intricate fasteners and accessories, such as ribbon, feathers or fabric in any design that can be managed.

Although the boutonniere is only a detail, hopefully you now have some inspiration to put a tiny new spin on an old tradition for wedding day.


Post a Comment