Alternative Boutonnieres

As we watch weddings throughout the years, there are some traditions that always remain and others that totally transform.  "Boutonniere" is a French word referring to a buttonhole.  Originally, boutonnieres were used to bring fragrant smells and ward off evil.  Today (although boutonnieres may still ward off evil), they are worn stylishly and often made of materials other than floral.

In the wedding blog world, it isn't difficult to see the new styles emerging.  For example, check out these boutonnieres designed by Emmy-Ray as found on Ruffled Blog in a Bohemian Summer Wedding Ideas post photographed by Cassandra Castaneda Photography.

Quail feathers are a great design idea for boutonnieres.  I can see these fitting well with a vintage, outdoor style event.

But the new trend of boutonnieres isn't only for the nature birds.  The below boutonniere as photographed by Mozingo Photography was found at one of our February weddings.  With a different kind of vintage feel than above, it rang out with sophistication and fit beautifully with the Biltmore Estate venue.

And for the DIY bride, I love the idea of these little inexpensive yet meaningful and creative boutonnieres found on Ruffled Blog as designed by the bride and photographed by Ulmer Studios

Plenty of buttons can be found at a thrift store, vintage store, or your local craft store.  The great part about these, since they won't decompose, you can flatten them out and put them in a memory book!

In a styled shoot on Love and Lavender, this handmade twine and moss boutonniere appeared! I especially love this boutonniere for it's many different styles.  It's simple, rustic, artistic, natural, and feels professional done yet homemade.  

These alternative boutonnieres mentioned here are of many different styles and tastes.  The classic floral boutonniere is still in high demand and still brings such beauty to the world of weddings.  I do appreciate how creative the wedding industry is getting with boutonnieres though!

What kind of materials would your alternative boutonniere be made of?