The History of the Boutonniere

Chivalry is Not Dead!

The boutonniere and its history….

Boutonnières, those little bunches of posies pinned to the lapels of the wedding party guys, may seem like an afterthought, an attempt to bring some glam to the groom’s side of the altar. These fragrant blooms actually have a long, very romantic history and their origin in medieval times.

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Hulse PhotographyIn days of old, when knights were bold, and frequently off to war, their ladies fair offered tokens of affection to encourage and strengthen their men. These tokens were usually in the form of scarves, flowers or other personal mementos worn over the heart. To further commemorate these keepsakes, the charms reflected the hues favored by the ladies. Hence, our shining armored knights were said to be wearing their lady’s colors.  Wearing her colors demonstrated to all that the brave knight was being supported by his lady’s love.

Blooms of color

Hulse PhotographyModern brides show their love and support for their knights in shining armor through the boutonnière.  Traditionally created with blooms and colors that match the bridal bouquet, they symbolize the couple’s unity.  The groomsmen’s matching displays demonstrate their ties with and support of the happy couple. As the man of the hour, the groom’s boutonnière is slightly different to showcase his importance.

Far from being an afterthought, boutonnières are proof positive that chivalry is not dead!

Images by: Hulse Photography