Button holes and boutineers
Button holes (or boutineers, as the French and people trying to avoid saying the word ‘hole’ at a wedding call them) are an easy and cheap(ish) way of carrying your wedding colours and theme across your day. Made from the same flowers as the bouquet or venue decorations, not only do they add a spruce of colour, attached to the pocket of the groom and groomsmen (or bride and bridesmaids; button holes are for everyone with a hole that needs filling), but they help distinguish the wedding party from the rest of your guests.
Succulent, feather, and seashell button holes
But you don’t need to use flowers for your button holes. If you’re having a rustic, beach, or festival wedding, your button holes can help carry the theme, with succulents, seashells, feathers, pineapples… There isn’t anything found in nature that doesn’t look awesome as a button hole.
You thought I was joking about the pineapple, didn’t you…?
DIY button holes (that actually last)
If wearing feathers and fruit isn’t for you, check out these button holes made of paper, fabric, and buttons. Crafty button holes aren’t too difficult to make yourself at home if you’re on a budget and have a deft hand with a hot glue gun, and they’ll last after your big day is over.
(Or, you know, there’s Etsy…)
Button hole alternatives
As well as fitting in your wedding colours, button holes are a great place to fit in a bit more personality, showing off your interests and hobbies. Slip a Lego figure under your fig leaves, or add a Disney pin to your handle. Or do away with the greenery all together and wear something fun, weird, and you.
Granted, you may not want to have Game of Thrones feature heavily at your wedding given how Westeros weddings turn out, but a best man in a Hand of the King badge would look pretty cool… Just, erm, tell the band to scrub The Rains of Castamere from their playlist.