The guests have all been seated for the wedding ceremony. The mothers of the groom and the bride are ushered to their seats. The groom and the minister take their place at the altar, The music changes to the processional and the assembled guests see the handsome groom in his tuxedo with a custom-made boutonniere in his lapel. The groom’s boutonniere generally is different from those that his groomsmen will wear. It often relates somewhat to the bridal bouquet.
There are literally dozens of different boutonniere looks ranging from a simple, single rose to a super elegant anthurium with its waxy, shiny, vibrant color. Most boutonnieres have some sort of foliage as the base, whether it is a hydrangea or a galax leaf, a sprig of ruscus or a bit of pitisporum.
The flower is then attached to the front of the base. Often a few Hypericum berries or a wisp of baby’s breath, a “billy ball”(Crespedia) or a button mum is tucked in there as well.
Some boutonnieres have a more masculine base, such as a fiddle fern or an aluminum wire sculpted shape. A relatively new trend is an “all foliage” boutonniere with seeded Eucalyptus and a pod or a galax leaf and some silver brunia, or a similar combination. Yet another new look is the use of some small succulent bloom with a seed pod, sprig of Hypericum berry or Seeded Eucalyptus.
Whatever type is chosen, whether it is ribbon-wrapped or embellished with decorative wire or pearls, it should reflect the style and personality of the bridal couple.
(Submitted by Larry Steckling) Keep Flower Mania in your heart and have a blooming good day!