How to wear a buttonhole and who wears one at a wedding

Do you wear the flower in the buttonhole or pinned to the jacket? We decode who wears a buttonhole and how to wear one

When you’re planning your wedding flowers, chances are your head will be full of your beautiful bridal bouquet, floral table decorations and maybe even suspended flower ideas, but one thing that might not be at the forefront of your mind are the button holes.


Who wears buttonholes at weddings?

Our brides have been chatting in the forum about who wears a buttonhole at a wedding – buttonholes are traditionally worn by the men in the wedding party; the groom, the best man, the ushers, the father-of-the-bride, and sometimes the father-of-the-groom and the page boys.

The mother-of-the-bride and the mother-of-the-groom often wear a similar floral arrangement, pinned to their jacket if they’re wearing a formal mother-of-the-bride outfit, or tied around their wrist in a corsage style.

If you have siblings who aren’t in the wedding party but want to make them feel special, a buttonhole is a nice way to acknowledge their important, similarly your witnesses could wear buttonholes too, as well as your grandparents.

Image | Dominique Bader
Image | Dominique Bader

Which flowers do you include in buttonholes?

Buttonholes are the perfect way to tie in your groom and groomsmen’s outfit to the theme of the day; their buttonholes should be made from the same flowers that are in your bridal bouquet and included in the floral decorations for the day.

If your groom is wearing a rustic wedding suit, keep this in mind to avoid clashing colours.

Don’t forget to allow for buttonholes when you’re talking to your florist about how many flowers you need for your wedding.

How do you wear a buttonhole?

The stem of the arrangement is threaded through the buttonhole, and secured in place by a pin. If the buttonhole on your groom’s jacket is purely decorative, the stem will need to be pinned to the front of the jacket instead.


Check out our gallery of stylish buttonhole ideas to inspire your choice.