What’s in a Buttonhole?

Have you ever wondered why men have gone around with a flower to their suit jacket? Or did you just assume it’s one of those wedding traditions that have evolved with time but without meaning?

Buttonhole comes from the French word, boutonniere. They’ve been a wedding custom since flowers were introduced in wedding decorations. Traditionally, a carnation is used, usually in white, which is the most formal type.

Nowadays, people have incorporated buttonholes to the wider theme of their wedding – be it the colour, type of flower or even accessories associated with it. Recently, I’ve been approached my brides who have wanted the men in their family to coordinate with the women in a common colour, but the men have refused. So, I’ve suggested for them to enhance their wedding theme with buttonholes instead!

Check these designs out. These are a few of numerous ideas. The great thing about buttonholes is there is unlimited scope for creativity and when you have a whole host of men wearing them, they leave a lasting impression, What do you think?


About Raj Bilkhu

Raj Kaur Bilkhu is a journalist from Birmingham, UK.
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