A lot of men won't admit it, but they are secretively jealous that women have so many choices when it comes to clothes. No, men don't (necessarily) want to wear dresses or carry bouquets around, but something with a little color would be nice for a change. A creative boutonniere, however, can make a big difference in the way groomsmen look, even if the rest of the outfit is completely traditional.
Boutonnieres to Get the Party Started
Eager to read your vows so you can get the party started? Let the groomsmen kick start things with their boutonnieres. Try giving them boutonnieres made of party whistles and ribbon. Wrapping a colorful ribbon around the whistles can look really nice, and they can make a lot of noise as soon as the ceremony finishes.
You can also get party whistles with confetti packets built into them. Just don't let the best man blow his whistle before its time. Otherwise, the bride could end up with a bunch of confetti in her hair during the ceremony. That would totally ruin the surprise (and potentially create an irreparable rift between the bridegroom's best friend and his best lady).
If you run with a beer-loving crowd, make boutonnieres out of bottle openers. It might be the only kind that the guys actually hold on to long after the wedding date.
Guys like food, so why not make tasty boutonnieres that they can enjoy after the ceremony. If you want to use chocolate or any other ingredient that might stain their suits, just make sure that part of the boutonniere is properly wrapped in plastic. Pretzels, hard candy (in shapes if you like), and strong herbs make excellent options. If you get extra creative, you can even make a tasty boutonniere out of their favorite shots of liquor. A Marker's Mark shot stored in a wax boutonniere could come as a pleasant surprise to guys struggling to recover from their bachelor party hangovers.
Boutonnieres that Match Your Interests
You want to give the groomsmen cool boutonnieres that they'll enjoy, but, let's be honest, this day isn't about them. That means you get to choose boutonnieres that match your interests. Do you and your spouse-to-be love playing Scrabble? How about boutonnieres made out of Scrabble pieces. The groom could wear one that says "I do." His wedding party could wear boutonnieres that say "he does."
If you're into a certain sport, then get boutonnieres that emphasize a certain activity or team. Basketball, gymnastics, horseback riding... whatever you're into can work well. Just stay away from running. It tends to give off bad "runaway bride" vibes.
Posted by Matt T.