B is for ….. Wedding Planning Alphabet by Sophie

….. Boutonnière!
(That’s buttonholes to us English folk)

We don’t want to leave the men out and we often find them struggling with their buttonholes and asking us to help pin them on, so we thought we would show you exactly how they are suppose to be worn and find some fab ones available to buy!

To start off we want to address the issue of wearing flowers and masculinity; there are many men who will dismiss the boutonniere as feminine. Nothing could be further from the truth! Great statesmen, warriors, and poets have worn flowers for over a millennium!
The boutonniere is always attached above a man’s heart, and it should be worn in the lapel’s button-hole, a 1 to 1.5 inch opening that is a vestige of when a man’s jacket lapels closed to protect his neck.

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With that being said, how do you wear a flower on your lapel when you have no buttonhole or the hole is uncut?
You have a few options. First you can do what most people do and that is to pin the boutonniere to your lapel. Once considered unsightly, it has become more acceptable because florists have done a great job making the stem look attractive.
A second option is to have the buttonhole cut – this is a good solution if you have the time and the jacket is yours, any seamstress can do this in 20 minutes for about £10! (if it’s a rental then pin it, we don’t want to get you into trouble!).

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Here are some great buttonhole examples that we love to get your ideas going- we’ve all seen the traditional carnation and rose ones so we thought we would show you some wonderful alternatives for the more adventurous!

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http://www.weddingwire.com

We love these bright colourful ones- perfect for a summer garden wedding or if the wedding is abroad!

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http://www.etsy.com

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Very rustic, we love the handmade look of these and we think they would be lovely for a vintage or rustic themed wedding, perhaps in a barn?

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http://www.etsy.com
We love the rich hues in this peacock feather boutonniere which can be ordered with matching bridesmaid bouquets- we think they are a fabulous way of adding a touch of glamour and sophistication to your day without being OTT!

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Here are some of our favourite button creations – the button-buttonhole!

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These clever creations are by Lesa at I Heart Buttons on the Isle of Wight.

This blog was written by our lovely Sophie, follow us for more alphabet planning tips next week and news on our new updated packages and services!

All the best
Marie and Sophie x
www.isabellaweddings.co.uk

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