For the most part, boutonnieres can be often over-looked and under-whelming. But the same can not be said for the alternative boutonnieres we've collected here! Succulents, gears, LEGOs, My Little Ponies, paper flowers, so much more!
Some of these alternative boutonnieres were featured previously in real wedding profiles.
Orkaiya shared this alternative boutonniere with us explaining, “I had found a lovely girl from UK who makes these felt flowers. I ordered a batch of them for family and bridal parties. It added a playfulness to the day.”
Found these feathers used as a boutonniere/pocket fold kind of a situation from a Sonoma vinyard wedding, shot by Nancy Neil.
Origami boutonniere! Thanks to mysoldiergirl for the of this origami boutonniere that matches the groom's orange tie.
I can't tell you much about this bad-ass steampunk boutonniere, except that it was made by the same person who created Katarina's equally bad-ass bouquet.
I LOVE this Lego boutonniere, there's just something about the traditional flower bout accented with a silly Joker Lego. Of course, you could go all out on your Lego bouts like this one…
Offbeat Bride reader SamIAm created these Lego boutonnieres for all the groomsman, the groom, and their dads.
Of course there are pretty button boutonnieres from non other than Princess Lasertron.
This skull boutonniere is perfect for a Dia de los Muertos wedding party. Of course it's from Melissa and Phil's Day of the Dead wedding.
This bout was made by the bride and it's got felt, buttons, tulle, and… who knows what else! It's got it all.
These crystal boutonnieres were hand-made by an Offbeat Bride reader, and the how-to can be found here.
The bride, Brooke made these and explains, “There's a couple of cute needle-felted acorns with little acorn caps attached, a couple of burgundy feathers and a tiny sprig of greenery. Since both my husband-to-be's and a few other groomsmen's shirts were without pockets, we decided to use them as lapel pins… it worked!”
A My Little Pony boutonniere that I encountered at Djinnaya and Jason's wedding! Yeah, go ahead, be jealous, I know I was.
This boutonniere is from Nicole & Glenn's wedding and it seems that Nicole made that fabulous thing… “The bouquets, buttonholes and decorations were concocted from wrist watch parts, feathers, beads, old maps of London, miniature plastic bicycles, sticks and other bits and pieces.”
For this Harry Potter themed wedding the they used keys and ribbon instead of flowers.
Our reader GreatB made these boutonnieres for her bridal party from peacock feathers, glass beads, floral tape, ribbon, and wire.
I'm a sucker for succulent boutonnieres. Flickr member Hortulus explains, “Because the groom has recently been smitten with succulent plants, I came up with the idea of using Sempervivums as boutonnieres. I chose this genus as I thought they would be the most durable during all the hugging inevitable at such an event. And they held up surprisingly well!”
I… gotta admit to you that I have NO IDEA what this involves, but it's awesome. And it looked great on the kids too! [EDITOR'S NOTE: Wil from the American Institute of Floral Designers tells us that this is “Eryginium (blue thistle) Scabiosa pod (Pin cushion) and Yellow Anygozanthus (Kangaroo Paw), twig (birch).” Thanks, Wil!]
I love these “buttonieres” from our reader WindlessMeadow who explains, “A family friend was going on and on about how we HAD to have boutonnieres… just HAD TO. So, this is what we came up with! They're made by ViaDelia on Etsy. I think they're hilarious and are sure to shut-up said family friend.”
Of course if you've got your own bad-ass boutonniere idea/example/etc., leave 'em in the comments.