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Wedding Traditions: Why Does the Groom Wear a Boutonniere

July 6, 2012

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These days, wearing a boutonniere is all about looking great, but the tradition was born in Medieval times for a much different reason.

You see, back in the Medieval period, men in the singles market weren't exactly stock brokers or computer technicians. No, they were knights in shining armor- literally. As a token of affection, a female admirer would give a knight something to wear into battle, like a scarf or flower. Since the color of the given gift was almost always the same color as what the woman herself wore, the tradition was known as "wearing a lady's colors." By sporting the gift, a knight clearly demonstrated he was being supported in battle by a lady who adored him.

The groom and his groomsmen use this technique nowadays to demonstrate their ties to the bride and bridal party. However, with all the options available to current day couples, it is completely acceptable to go sans flower boutonnieres. Below, we've showcased five flower boutonnieres we're absolutely crazy about, and five boutonniere alternatives for those who want to give the tradition a little twist. 

5 flower boutonnieres we love...

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5 quirky boutonniere alternatives...

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Need a few more creative ideas to help plan your wedding? We can help! To take a look at all we have to offer, click here.

*Click photographs for original sources
By: Kelly Hamilton

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