(Closed) Family Corsage / Boutonniere Alternatives

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
131 posts
Blushing bee

There’s a tradition among some of the small villages in Poland (where my family is from) to have the bride’s friends wear crowns made of Rosemary, which symbolizes rememberence and friendship. I planned on putting my closest girlfriends in Rosemary crowns, then use a sprig of Rosemary to make a circle shaped brooch/boutonniere for honored family members =) Sort of like this 

Post # 3
2417 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

What about using carnations? They’re ruffly, smell good and are really inexpensive. My grandparenta are getting carnations for their corsage and bout and they are literally half the price of the rose ones for the groomsmen. 

Another idea for your bridesmaid bouquets is baby’s breath, and I’ve seen babies breath boutonnières look great also!

Post # 4
2221 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

You could do non-floral bouts. There are lots of options out there… feathers, silk flowers, fresh herbs, ribbon, vintage key, a pin, golf tees, a fishing lure, pinwheel, paper flowers, tulle poms, seashells, etc. 

Instead of floral corasages, you could buy people bracelets (or other jewelery) or a nice brooch/pin. 

Post # 5
1346 posts
Bumble bee

What is your budget?

Post # 6
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Because my hubbie a sports fan we did baseball pins instead of boutonnieres.  Got them from etsy.  They weren’t too expensive.  For my mom and Mother-In-Law I got silk flower corsages, again, from etsy.  Mostly, because my mom is allergic to so many flowers and they could keep them after the wedding.  To get some alternative ideas I went on to pinterest and searched bouts and courgages.  There are some really original ideas there and a lot of them aren’t expensive. 


Post # 7
30400 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

1. Do a search on Pinterest for non-floral boutonnieres and corsages. There are hundreds of easy, inexpensive ideas. You could feature one of your and FI’s hobbies like fly fishing, sports etc.

2.You can easily make them yourself. For a boutonniere use one flower, a sprig or two of greenery, wrap with floral tape and add a pin.

The downside of DIY’ing is that it will take time, the day before the wedding. You could use silk flowers and make them ahead of time.

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