Boutonnieres (French for buttonholes) are floral accessories worn by men, usually for a formal occasion such as a wedding. These lovely accessories are often forgotten about, but they certainly add a special something to the occasion, whatever it may be!
Buttonholes are made by wiring single flowers and foliages into a miniature arrangement to be attached to the gentlemens left lapel. For weddings, we usually make buttonholes to match the bridal and maids bouquets, and bind the 'shank' in a complementary material such as satin or jute string. They can be pinned on with a pearl or diamond-headed pin, however we find the making them onto a special 'T' shaped pin makes it a lot easier to attach - especially if it's left to the nervous Groom & groomsmen!
Where else can buttonholes be worn if not to a wedding? Why, the races of course! We Victorians love a horse race, and traditionally men wear floral accessories to mark the significance of each race day. Each big day has its own 'signature' bloom. Derby Day is the bright blue cornflower, the Cox Plate - Cecil Brunner Rose, and the Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day & Stakes Day are a yellow, pink & red rose respectively.
Whatever the occasion, there's no denying that buttonholes add a touch of old-world class. Who doesn't love a well-dressed gentleman? Consider adding a boutonniere to your next formal occasion! Of course, we're always happy to help :)