17 great alternative buttonhole & corsage ideas

Ushers and bridesmaids needn’t pin a flower to their suit or dress if you don’t want a traditional wedding. Instead, try these fun buttonhole and corsage ideas, from Lego to flower anklets.

Starfish buttonhole


Having a beach wedding? Look not further than this starfish. Pin it on its own or with fresh flowers for an extra colour boost.

Photo | fabthomson at Etsy

Flower anklet

Who says you have to wear a flower corsage on your wrist? We love the idea of having a flower anklet, perfect if you’re having a beach or boho wedding.

Photo | Leah Dorr Photography

Feather buttonhole

Feathers are a great choice if you’re not into flowers. Here, they are paired with acorns for an autumnal feel, but you can easily use peacock feathers for a more exotic twist.

Photo | Etsy

Badge buttonhole

Like a badge of honour, this badge buttonholes make for the perfect souvenir too, You can get personalised ones too, for example, you could get the ring bearer one that says, ‘ring security’.

Photo | Lad & Lass

Button buttonholes

A bit of a fun play on words, plus a pretty finishing touch to boot. If you don’t fancy buying this, you can easily make your own to fit in with your colour scheme.

Photo | AdoreButtonBouquets at Etsy

Lego buttonhole

You might have seen this trend doing the rounds, but you can’t beat a fun lego buttonhole, especially if it’s a little groom figurine like this one.

Photo | Christine Martinez

Lollipop buttonhole

For those with a sweet tooth, what could be better than a lollipop buttonhole, which you can nibble on if you’re hungry later. For a Christmas wedding, swap it over for a festive candy cane.

Photo | Designer Candy

Wreath buttonhole

Make your groom and ushers stand out with a mini foliage wreath. It’s guaranteed you will surprise your guests.

Photo | Ozzy Garcia

Wreath corsage

Rather than a single flower tied with ribbon, why not try a full-on floral wreath. The effect is quite breathtaking.

Photo | Style Lovely

Family heirloom

A great way to incorporate your ‘something old’ is to get ushers and bridesmaids to wear a vintage brooch or pin, which can be a family heirloom and work as your ‘something borrowed’ too.

Photo | Raya Carlisle Photography

Pinwheel buttonhole

Lend your wedding a fairground feel with a fun pinwheel.

Photo | L & V Photography

Flower hoop

Get your bridesmaids to walk down the aisle with a flower hoop instead of a bouquet or corsage. It’ll double up as a beautiful decoration too.

Photo | Robyn Van Dyke Photography

Flower necklace

It doesn’t get much prettier than a necklace made of actual flowers.

Photo | Michelle Heimerman

Flower belt

And you thought it didn’t get much more interesting than a corsage… try a floral belt! No other accessories needed.

Photo | Love Me Do Photography

Toy buttonhole

Whether the groom is into guitars or cars, a toy to reflect his passion is a great way to add your stamp on the big day.

Photo | SEBA Photography

Map buttonhole

Want a quirky way to weave your love story into your wedding day? Try a buttonhole made out of a map of a place that’s special to you, for example where he proposed.

Photo | RachelEmmaStudio via Etsy

Fabric flower corsage

At least these flowers will never welt.

Photo | Etsy

Need more inspiration? Try these cool buttonhole ideas for the groom, or alternative wedding bouquet ideas for the bride.