Buttonholes and Corsages for Wedding

Both important for your special day, we can help you pick the perfect wedding flowers for your buttonholes and corsages.

The tradition of wedding flowers and wearing buttonholes for weddings originated in ancient Greece, where men would wear flowers, often mixed with herbs, close to their hearts on their wedding day in order to ward off evil spirits. This tradition travelled over to Britain in Medieval times, when Knights would wear fresh flowers in their lady’s family colour to demonstrate their love and loyalty to her.

Wedding corsages have also been around for centuries, with the origin of the word coming from the French ‘bouquet de corsage’, which referred to the small bunch of flowers, buds or herbs that a lady would wear tucked in to her corsage or corset in the centre of her chest, again to ward off evil spirits. Today, although the position has changed, the name remains and is still used for this mini bouquet worn upon the body.

In the past, wedding buttonholes and corsages often consisted simply of roses or carnations and a few pieces of common foliage such as ivy or fern. But today there is much more choice, with a huge variety of flowers, foliage and styles available so you can really tailor them to your own unique personality and style. As well as exotic flowers, grasses, berries, herbs and leaves, you can also incorporate accessories such as feathers, beads or jewels to create unusual and impactful designs.

Roses and carnations are still a popular and pretty choice for bridal wedding flowers, bridal bouquets and buttonholes, but other materials we love that can also be great for this type of design are orchids, astrantia, lisianthus, calla lilies, hydrangea buds, freesias, thistles, bouvardia or campanula heads, plus fillers such as astilbe, wax flower and hypercium and herbs such as lavender, rosemary and mint.

Buttonholes and corsages can also be traditional or modern, depending on the overall style of the wedding itself, the wedding flowers, bride’s dress and bridesmaids gowns. More traditional designs are typically quite full and lush, with little space in between materials, whereas modern designs use things like grasses and decorative wire to create negative space and strong lines. We loved this quite traditional, pretty design using sweet peas, astrantia and rosemary, and this striking modern one using orchids and china grass.

In terms of colour palette, today’s bride can choose pretty much any combination she likes to match her personal taste and wedding theme. Whether you prefer muted tones or bright contrasting hues, the expert wedding florists in London at Todich Floral Design will work with you to create the perfect colour scheme and ensure your buttonholes and corsages perfectly reflect your character and wedding atmosphere. Depending on the season too, we will recommend the perfect combination of wedding flowers for you.