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What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick, and Why

Wondering what kind of boutonniere to pick? We’ll help! Find out which boutonniere style fits in best with your wedding theme. Plus, get more advice on wedding themes in the book, The Inspired Wedding.

Hi, lovelies! My, oh my, it is gorgeous outside. Spring finally got serious with winter and showed him the door, making this the most beautiful spring I’ve seen in some time. Hello, 65 and sunny! Where have you been? Anyway, I hope it’s spring-y where you are, too! Today we’re talking about what kind of boutonniere to pick for your wedding, depending on your theme. When it comes to your wedding theme, it’s all about the details. Simply put: themed details make for a more cohesive event. And today, we’re showing you what kind of boutonniere to pick for your groom and groomsmen. So whether you’re planning a beach wedding, a modern loft-style reception, a vintage ceremony, or you’re tying the knot in a woodland wedding, we’ve got you covered! See which boutonnieres we’ve handpicked just for you, based on a handful of seven delightful themes (you’ll find similar themes in my new book, too, which will help you plan the ultimate themed wedding). Enjoy!

What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick

Let’s begin with finds for your nautical or beach themed wedding.

Nautical / Beach

For a nautical wedding, what kind of boutonniere to pick depends on what colors you’ve selected. If you’re opting for a traditional navy blue and white color palette, a striped boutonniere, like this one, is ideal.

striped navy and white ribbon boutonniere with jute twine and anchor charm | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

knotted rope boutonniere for nautical wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

If you’re not sure on color, you can opt for something with a nautical twist: this knotted boutonniere features a figure 8 knot made from jute twine.

Or, a compass boutonniere is a fun alternative to a traditional boutonniere and can be easily attached to his lapel.

compass boutonniere for nautical wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

If your wedding is specifically beach themed, a starfish boutonniere like this one fits perfectly.

starfish boutonniere for beach wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by twining vines

Bohemian

For a bohemian wedding, it’s all about the whimsical and the free-spirited feel. As such, feathers tie in perfectly with your boutonniere choice. This is one of our favorites:

feather boutonniere for bohemian wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by feather divine

Another option is a fun, whimsical fabric boutonniere… like these!

fabric boutonnieres for bohemian wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by cottonbird designs

Modern

For a modern wedding, opt for something minimalist. For instance, here is a flower boutonniere (made of clay):

clay dogwood boutonniere for modern wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by parsi

Succulents are always a nice boutonniere option, too. If you’re planning a more elegant modern wedding, skip the burlap and opt for one with a clean, simple look, like this:

modern boutonniere made of succulent | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by lot450 shop

And remember, for a modern wedding his boutonniere doesn’t have to resemble a traditional boutonniere at all. For instance, check out this button boutonniere we found:

modern button boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by nonimode

Another example of a modern boutonniere is a lapel pin. We spotted these wood ones here, which is fitting for a modern wedding with a rustic, outdoorsy feel.

squirrel lapel pin as modern wedding boutonniere alternative | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by cabin + cub

And finally, a very minimal dried flower, like this boutonniere made from blue echinops, gives you yet another option:

modern boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by eucca

How to Pick a Boutonniere – Vintage

For a vintage wedding, pick a boutonniere with nostalgic details. One of my favorites: a bountonniere handmade from a page from a vintage book.

vintage boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by the sunny bee

This one, too, with a hint of lace:

lace and vintage book page boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by the sunny bee

And this cameo ‘button’ boutonniere is made from vintage finds:

vintage button boutonniere | photo: clay austin | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by rustic creek, photo by clay austin photography

by rustic creek, photos by clay austin photography

Rustic

When deciding what kind of boutonniere to pick for a rustic wedding, burlap is usually a bride’s number one choice. Add birch flowers and you have a stunning combination, like this:

< flowers wrapped in burlap | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by rustic blend

We talked about succulents as a modern boutonniere option, but succulents can work for rustic weddings, too. Opt for one that has a burlap or jute-wrapped stem for a little more rustic flair.

succulent boutonnieres for rustic wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by flora

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7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

Want to get to your wedding on time? Follow these tips and you’ll be good as gold. Oh, and be sure to follow along or you might miss other helpful tips like this.

One of the biggest things to avoid on your wedding day is being late, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re the bride, the groom, father, mother, best man, maid of honor, bridesmaid or groomsman; being late is stressful. Even guests and wedding vendors worry about being on time for the ceremony. There’s a reason why this song from My Fair Lady was such a hit. It’s not just about being punctual, either; being on time for your wedding will give you peace of mind all day and keep you stress-free. We want you to be a happy bride, not one who is stressed out, sweating, and freaking out as she’s traveling to her ceremony site. And that’s why we’re here to help you out.

See? You can spend less time stressing + more time snapping photos that are happy & carefree, like this (if you’re doing a first look):

carefree bride and groom | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

photo: kristyn hogan via cedarwood weddings

Today we’re sharing seven helpful tips to be on time for your wedding. And hey, it may not be the sexiest or the most exciting topic, but it certainly is important. We’ll even let you in on the number one time-waster that happens to nearly every bride — but you can totally avoid it. Read on to get started…

Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

1. Don’t leave any projects or last-minute tasks for the day before or day of the wedding.

As tempting as it sounds to say, oh I’ll get to that tomorrow, you don’t want to be running around to finish a project or deliver favors to the reception site or do anything but be pampered on the day of the wedding. I recommend avoiding anything non-pamper-y the week of the wedding, simply because you’ll be busy enough as it is with the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and packing for your honeymoon. Oh, and you know, BEING EXCITED FOR THE BEST DAY EVER. You don’t have time to worry about to-dos at this point! It’s time to relax.

2. Set two alarms for yourself.

Make sure you’re up way ahead of schedule, too. Get up earlier than you think you would need to. And set two alarms in case one fails (or, you’re like me, and in your sleep still manage to hit ‘snooze’.) It also helps to have someone make sure you’re up by coming over or a simple phone call.

And it never hurts to have an actual watch. We rely so much on technology and, if you’re like me, you lose your phone every two minutes.


left: girls love like | right: lillyanlou

Oh, and a gift for the groom? Definitely a watch. And a cute note to tell him to meet you there with the time.

cute gift idea for the groom | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding
photo: leoni bolt photography

3. Pack your bag the week before.

Gather up all of those things you’ll need the day of the wedding the week before. (Pssst… here are some tips on what to pack in your bag.) You’ll want to include what you’ll wear while getting ready, your wedding photo list, your makeup, touch-up lipstick, wedding emergency kit, nylons, lingerie, heels, etc. If you have everything ready to go one week ahead of time, you’ll still be able to add to it when you inevitably think of things you forgot (like these for the reception, or your checklist of things not to forget at your wedding). Other things to remember are tip money for vendors, gifts for your wedding party, and a small notebook with the numbers of all of your vendors in case you need to reach them. Also, a spare phone charger is absolutely necessary.

4. Have a back-up plan.

What’s your plan B if your hairstylist doesn’t show? Or if your car breaks down? Or if your gown is wrinkled? Have someone reliable you can count on who may be able to help, just in case. Elect one of your bridesmaids to help you style your hair. And, bring a travel garment steamer — for SURE. You’ll need it for eliminating wrinkles on your gown and bridesmaid dresses.

5. Provide a itinerary for your entire wedding party, parents, and vendors.

An itinerary is crucial to keep everyone on schedule. And plan the times a little earlier than you would think: it’s surprising how fast time goes by and you’ll want to allow plenty of extra time for getting ready and travel.

Also… delegate someone to be in charge of the schedule. Pick someone who is incessantly punctual, whether that is your Maid of Honor, bridesmaid, or mom. And make sure it’s someone who takes charge and speaks up, so they can keep everyone in line and on schedule.

groom wearing watch | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

photo: matt ramos photography

Also, you’ll want to elect one of the groomsmen — like the Best Man — to be in charge of keeping the gentlemen on time while they are getting ready.

wedding itinerary | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

via splash of silver

6. Schedule your hair appointment at least one hour earlier than you would think.

It goes by too fast — and you can always use a little extra time, just in case.

And the number-one time waster…

7. Don’t schedule everyone’s hair and makeup at the same time and location.

This is a big one! As tempting as it is to have your entire crew get their hair and makeup and nails done at the same time and location, it can really put you behind schedule. Here’s what we recommend instead:

o get ready at a salon with a team of dedicated stylists (plural), hired for the whole crew

Or, if you’d prefer to get ready at your hotel, resort, or somewhere else…

o have bridesmaids arrive with hair and makeup done

They can still join in on the getting-ready festivities (and photo-ops) and put on their dress, shoes, and accessories then, without the added stress of getting everyone’s hair and makeup completed while the clock is ticking.

bridesmaids helping bride get ready | photo: milk photography | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

photo: milk photography via style me pretty

It’s also worth noting that you should ALWAYS…

o get ready as EARLY AS POSSIBLE

Nothing is worse than running late AND hurrying on your hair and makeup.

♥ | ♥ | ♥

And, keep in mind… sometimes it happens. Being late won’t ruin your wedding! Being on time makes it less stressful, but don’t let something small irk or get in the way of your perfect day. These things happen.

xo
-E.

Now it’s your turn…

What tips to be on time would you add to the list?

Tell us below!

The #1 Mistake Most Brides Make (and How to Avoid It)

*Giveaway inside!

There is one huge mistake most brides make after the wedding, and it’s totally avoidable. So, what is it? It’s more about what brides aren’t doing that is the mistake. Brides are letting their wedding photos go by the wayside, sitting on a hard drive or flash drive, never to be looked at again. Waiting to print out your photos and assemble them in an album is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. And it’s scary because you could lose those memories forever, if something were to happen to your hard drive, flash drive, or your computer gets a virus. I (Emma here!) know first-hand because something similar almost happened to me. I had a bunch of photos on a hard drive for years, photos of Andrew and I dating, photos of us in college, engaged, newly married… you know, just a TON of photo files sitting on a hard drive. Then one day, Andrew wanted to grab a few photos from a trip we took and print them out. But when he went to download them, the hard drive no longer worked; it was corrupted. It appeared as though no images existed. Just like that.

Yikes.

We searched on Google and found, to our dismay, that a corrupted hard drive could need to be reformatted, as in ERASED. Gone. No more. Memories erased in a heartbeat. And, luckily our wedding photos weren’t on there, but can you imagine? Well, we took our hard drive to a computer expert (shout-out to our local computer shop, Tech City Electronics who SAVED OUR HARD DRIVE!) and we got ALL of those photos back. Can you imagine if you weren’t so lucky? After that day, I learned an important lesson and I back up EVERYTHING. And I print those photos now. Every sweet Baby Andrew smile and video moment (there are thousands, and he’s just under a year!), every cat photo of them sleeping in boxes or drawers or on top of laundry heaps (again, thousands), every home project, family vacation, DIY project, holiday, birthday, and everything else. I mean, why risk it?

Anyways, we would hate for your wedding photos to go missing. So we’re here to help you with a discount and a giveaway so you can print out those photos and put them in a beautiful keepsake photo album. But first… check out some of the new photo album designs we spotted over at Indigo Album Design, one of our go-to sources for professional handmade (+ high quality) photo albums. These albums are incredible!

Kitchen Bridal Shower Invitations + Ideas – Ask EB

We love hearing from our brides… and their moms, too! When Susan wrote to us about her daughter’s bridal shower, we swooped right in with inspiration. She’s planning a kitchen themed bridal shower, but was having trouble finding the perfect invites with a more modern feel. To help, we found kitchen bridal shower invitations with matching recipe cards for guests to fill out and bring to the party. Once we found those, it was easy to piece together some additional ideas. Check out the invitations by Lucy Loves Paper and see what else we found including a state cutting board, apron, personalized rolling pin (ahh, I want one of these), a recipe box, cookbook, and favors. Which of these finds do you love best? Besides those invites, I’m crazy over that apron… it’s darling!

Kitchen Bridal Shower Invitations + Ideas

It began with these invites + recipe cards…

by lucy loves paper

… and here’s the inspiration board!

kitchen bridal shower invitations + ideas via http://emmalinebride.com/bridal-shower/kitchen-bridal-shower-invitations/

Resources

♡ personalized recipe card | lucy loves paper
♡ whisk favors | kate aspen
♡ kitchen bridal shower invitations | lucy loves paper
♡ measuring spoon favors | kate aspen
♡ apron | flirty aprons
♡ cookbook | the newlywed cookbook
♡ rolling pin | valek rolling pins
♡ unfinished recipe card box | darice
♡ state cutting board (shown with michigan; any state available!) | aheirloom

Happy Planning!

xo
-E.

P.S. Do you need help with a wedding question? Just Ask Emmaline — it’s FREE and your question might appear in an upcoming post!