From centerpieces to stunning bride’s and bridesmaid’s bouquets, nearly every couple spends a good deal of time, money, and investment on floral arrangements. Equally important? The boutonniere.

The tradition of boutonnieres at weddings actual dates back to medieval times when a knight would give his intended flowers as a sign of affection. Today, though, not only the groom is expected to wear a boutonniere. It is common form for all groomsmen, the ring bearer, and any father-figures related to the bride or groom to wear a boutonniere, including fathers, stepfathers, and grandfathers. It’s a sign of respect for the couple, and men’s boutonnieres usually correspond with the lady’s bouquets and corsages.

While boutonnieres are common at most weddings, they are considered required at both white and black tie affairs. It is also common etiquette to wear them pinned to the left lapel on a suit or tuxedo jacket.

What’s important when selecting boutonnieres for a bridal party? After considering quality, service and price, like any floral arrangement, consider the overall wedding themes and colors. In order to complement bridal bouquets, boutonnieres will almost always include a prominent flower that is also in the bridal bouquet. Need inspiration? Take a look at these boutonnieres to get started.

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