A Guide To Buttonholes

A Guide To Buttonholes

A stylish wedding buttonhole completes the groom’s outfit. Weddings are generally focused on how special the bride looks, but buttonholes are an inexpensive way to ensure that the groom looks and feels special too.

You may like the groom to be the only member of the wedding party wearing a buttonhole, but more often than not they are also given to the best man, the fathers of the bride and groom, and, if your budget affords, the ushers. It’s a nice touch to have one for the grandfathers and brothers too. Have the groom stand out by providing a unique buttonhole with two blooms instead of one, or with a slightly different flourish to the others.


The colour of your buttonholes can either contrast or complement the colour of the groom’s outfit. For instance, a grey suit with a lilac cravat could be complemented by a buttonhole made from a deep purple tulip or anemone, a silvery ‘metalica’ rose or a sprig of lavender. Alternatively, they can mirror the flowers in the bridal bouquet. Little embellishments such as the creative use of foliage, wire, beads and ribbon can give your buttonholes a unique finish.

For guys who ‘don’t like flowers’ you can tone things down by using smaller blooms or substituting them with a thistle, foliage or herbs, such as rosemary.

How To Wear A Buttonhole

You should wear a buttonhole on the outside of the buttonhole of the left lapel, and not in it, secured with a pearl-headed pin from the back of the lapel. The pin will then be invisible from the front. If you have a decorative pin and want to show it off, you could pin the buttonhole from the front.

Why not take a look at the other wedding blogs on the website for more inspiration!