Hey, loves! If you have some serious questions about boutonnieres, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re talking about who wears wedding boutonnieres, what side a boutonniere is to be worn, and we’re also answering a new Ask Emmaline question from bride-to-be, Alicia, who wonders whether the ring bearer is supposed to wear a boutonniere. She writes,
Hey Emmaline… I know groomsmen wear boutonnieres, but does ring bearer wear boutonniere or a lapel pin? I can’t remember what the tradition is. Thanks!
Alicia, great question! The ring bearer can wear a boutonniere, but he doesn’t have to. The answer really depends on whether a) the boutonniere or lapel goes with his outfit, and b) whether wearing one will aggravate him. The ring bearer does not have to wear a boutonniere, but it does look nice in photos if all groomsmen — ring bearer included — have a coordinating boutonniere.
If it were up to me, I’d say YES, the ring bearer should wear a boutonniere. But I do understand he might not want to wear one. So, if your budget allows, do this: order a boutonniere for the ring bearer with the other boutonnieres. Worst case scenario? He ends up not wearing it and you give it away to another family member instead. There’s no hard rule that a ring bearer has to wear a boutonniere; it is a nice gesture from the bride and groom.
Now that we know about the ring bearer wearing a boutonniere, let’s talk about who gets a boutonniere at a wedding so you know exactly how many you need to order.
photo: onelove photography
Who Gets a Boutonniere at a Wedding
Here’s who wears wedding boutonnieres:
- Groom (obviously)
- Best Man
- Father/Stepfather of the Bride
- Father/Stepfather of the Groom
- Grandfather(s) of the Bride
- Grandfather(s) of the Groom
- Godparents (if applicable) *optional
- Readers *optional
- Ring Bearer *optional, as mentioned above
photo: onelove photography
What side is the boutonniere worn?
When pinning on the boutonniere, remember: a boutonniere is always worn on the left side. It’s easy to remember: just think about placing it above the heart.
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What a great alternative to a wedding staple! I’m loving the mustard boutonnière… cute to bout’!
Wow! The Plum, Lilac, Light Grey, & Cream Dahlia Sola Bouquet, Plum Dahlia Bouquet, Lavender Sola Bouquet, Purple Sola Bouquet, Plum Wood Flowers works perfectly with my color scheme. It’s beautiful!
Oh my goodness… The Plum, Lilac, Light Grey, & Cream Dahlia Sola Bouquet, Plum Dahlia Bouquet, Lavender Sola Bouquet, Purple Sola Bouquet, Plum Wood Flowers matches my color scheme pretty much exactly! Love!!!
My favorite boutonnier is the ivory! :)
Love the Burgundy & Blush Pink Sola Wood Bouquet.. my wedding colors!
The Ivory Sola Flower Boutonniere is my favorite it’s simple and elegant
Im so surprised they have the perfect colors for my bouquet!!
Loving the dusty rose, grey and cream bouquet! How fabulous :)
Love the various blues and turquoise colors! These are amazing. Fingers crossed
My favorite piece is the flower crown. Its amazing and wood flowers look beautiful!!
I absolutely LOVE the Dusty Rose, Mint, & Cream Sola Wood Bouquet, Dusty Rose Sola Bouquet, Mint Sola Bouquet, Mint Green Bouquet, Blush Pink Wedding Bouquet. I’ve been following Hey Bouquet for awhile, thinking about an alternative bouquet for my wedding. And this one would be perfect to match my color theme for my beach wedding! I love this idea and I’m glad Hey Bouquet exists.
Champagne, Blush Pink, Navy Blue, & Cream Sola Flower Bouquet because not only is this absolutely gorgeous but its the colors of my wedding!
The Blush Pink & Ivory Eucalyptus Sola Bouquet is BEAUTIFUL! I also love that the wooden flower colors can be made to match the wedding color scheme.
I love the Plum, Lavender, Brown, & Champagne Sola Flower Bouquet, Plum and Lavender Bouquet, Plum Sola Wood Bouquet, Eggplant Sola Flower Bouquet! I just love purples. So gorgeous!
In love with the Dusty Rose, Grey, & Cream Sola Wood Bouquet. So beautiful.
SO in love with the Blush Pink and Ivory Sola Bouquet!!
The Burgundy & Blush Pink Eucalyptus Sola Bouquet is awesome and would match all my bridesmaids dresses!
Dusty Rose, Grey, & Cream Sola Wood Bouquet, Dusty Rose and Ivory Wedding Bouquet, Dusty Rose Sola Bouquet, Dusty Rose Sola Flowers is my favorite bouquet of all. The color combination is just so pretty
oh man that dusty rose bouqet what glamour!
The blush pink and cream sola wood bouquet is gorgeous! I love the pink that is in it. It may or may not be one of my wedding colours ;)
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