Wedding Buttonholes – Traditions and Inspiration

If you’re not aware of the wedding buttonhole, then we’re here to help! In this blog, the Wedding Team at Delamere Manor will provide you with everything you need to know about wedding buttonholes, from their origin to how to wear them and unique ideas to give you inspiration for your wedding day.


Originating from ancient Greece, the wedding buttonhole is traditionally worn by the male wedding party members and includes a small arrangement of fragrant flowers and herbs which are pinned close to the heart to ward off evil spirits. The tradition of buttonholes travelled to England in medieval times, when Knights of the realm would wear their lady’s colours close to their chest to symbolise their everlasting love and commitment. The buttonhole now creates a wonderful accessory for the groomsmen and is a great way to accentuate the overall colour palette and chosen wedding theme for your big day. 

How do you wear a Buttonhole?

A buttonhole is basically a smaller version of the bridal bouquet, which can be pinned on the lapel of a jacket or blazer or stuck through a high buttonhole (hence the name).

Modern Wedding Buttonhole Ideas

1. Dried Flowers

For a spring or autumn wedding, swap out fresh flowers for a modern dried sprig instead. From rustic, natural colours to dried herbs with lavender or white baby’s breath with bunny tails, you’ll be sure to find an arrangement to suit your overall theme. 

2. Add a Sentimental Touch

If there is a loved one who can no longer attend your wedding or a family heirloom you would like to wear on your big day, incorporate this into your buttonhole and wear it close to your heart throughout the day. Options include brooches, photo emblems and pins. 

3. Succulents

If you and your partner have a selection of succulents around your home, why not include them in your buttonhole? They add a great personal touch and look great with a selection of herbs too. 

4. Feathers 

If you have an allergy to flowers, you can always opt for something a little more unique with a feather buttonhole arrangement. Not only will they add colour to your outfit, but it creates the ultimate countryside look too. 

5. Pinecones and Acorns

For a whimsical woodland wedding, bring an element of the outdoors to your buttonhole and include either a pine cone or an acorn in your arrangement. Paired with an autumn colour suit, this will create a stylish yet modern look for your wedding day. 


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