Boutonnières with love
When planning my own wedding I had the crazy idea of creating 60 hand-made boutonnières for any guest who wanted to wear one. The idea arose from my wish to provide my grandmother with a special responsibility during the ceremony. "Grams" loves to be the center of attention and I knew that she would be a bit sour if not properly "a part" of things. Each piece was created with wire, fabric leaves, dried flowers, and floral tape, all made while leisurely watching Project Runway marathons. As guests arrived to the ceremony, my grandmother pinned a boutonnière of their choice to any guest who wanted one. She loved this job and I loved seeing my friends and family wearing the little pieces of craft.
As couples are getting more creative with their weddings details, boutonnières are rightfully stepping up their game. While most florists use a variety of leaves and fresh flowers, some opt for any number of creative material that might be lapel-worthy. One idea for the sentimental souls is to include little treasures that represent the couple's love story in as many details as possible - including the boutonniere. If you have a box of old love letters laying around like I do, what better use for a few of them than to be worn on the day of your wedding? To create these quick pieces a simple letter was used as the base for the "leaves", from there, dried and fresh flowers and babies breath completed the structure.
These treasures are not challenging to create and you can use materials that suit your own budget. I recommend choosing some supplies, putting some mindless television on, and getting to work. If your love letters are too sacred (or personal) to share, no big deal...any creative paper can be turned into a leaf!
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