How to make your own wedding boutonniere. Start with choosing a flower. Roses are very popular but you can use just about any flower you like. Next, you need to choose some type of filler to place with the flower. You can use leaves, grouping of leaves, herbs, eucalyptus or maybe some baby’s breath. You are also going to need something to bind everything together. Floral tape works great for this.
First, take your flower and cut the stem to about two inches – just an estimate. It can be shorter or longer if you choose. Just make sure it is long enough so you have something to fasten the boutonniere to the lapel. You do not need to select only one flower. Many boutonnieres are made with two or more flowers also. It just depends on what you prefer. Next, place the filler (greenery or otherwise) behind the flower. You can also place some of the fill to the side if you like. Take the floral tape, start at the base of the flower and wrap tightly around the flower and filler. Be sure to wrap tightly so that the boutonniere will stay together. Floral tape comes in several colors. Select which ever one suits you best.
After the boutonniere is fastened, you can add embellishments to it. These include ribbons or possibly jewels. Make sure you get a boutonniere pin to fasten it securely to the lapel.
Think about the season, or theme of the wedding when you are choosing the flowers and fillers for your boutonniere. If you are having a fall wedding, think about incorporating the shades and symbols of autumn into your boutonniere. Think about orange, red/rust and yellow flowers. Or how about groupings of acorns or tiny pre-wired pine cone flowers. Ferns work well as a filler and so do brightly colored ribbons. Do not forget about the ends of wheat stalks as fillers also.
Having a Christmas wedding? How about a deep red rose surrounded by some pine greenery with a shimmery Christmas style ribbon. Or think outside the box with tiny pine cones bundled with cedar sprigs tied with a plaid Christmas ribbon. Holly with holly berries look great together also. If you are going for a winter wonderland theme but not strictly Christmas, try Edelweiss flowers and frog berries over dusty-miller leaves finished with a rich white ribbon. This has a very wintery look while being very sophisticated.
Keep in mind, boutonnieres do not have have to be made of just real flowers and fillers. If you are looking to save some money, try using artificial flowers, flowers made of ribbons or felt, etc. Use your imagination when putting your boutonniere together. But, keep in mind what the rest of the flowers in the wedding are going to be. You want to keep a consistent theme with the floral arrangements.