Men have worn buttonholes at weddings since the time of the Ancient Greeks. Male members of the wedding party would pin a small posy of flowers, mixed with fragrant herbs, close to their heart in order to ward off evil spirits. It was believed the spirits would cause the groom to turn his heart against the bride and refuse to love her. In Medieval times a knight would wear his Lady’s colours as a declaration of his love and this has translated through the ages to the modern groom wearing a flower in his lapel or shirt (for destination weddings!) that appears in his bride’s bouquet.
Who should wear a buttonhole?
Traditionally the Groom, Best Man, Ushers and Fathers of the Bride and Groom are given a buttonhole to wear on the wedding day. More recently with extended families it is common to extend the giving of buttonholes to all important members of your wedding party male or female.
Etiquette suggests men should wear them on their left over their heart and ladies on their right side.
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Get inspired: Make it modern
Herbs are a alternative choice for wedding buttonholes offering shades of green with aromatic scents of summer. Consider Rosemary (Δενδρολίβανο), Thyme (Θυμάρι), Oregano (Ρίγανη) and Lavender (Λεβάντα).
Get inspired: For the non-traditional groom
Some men do not like wearing flowers or may even be allergic to pollen(!) so here are a few ideas to tempt your reluctant groom into acquiescence.