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A quick guide to wedding buttonholes for your Gibraltar nuptials

When getting yourself suited and booted ready for your wedding, you might be wondering what a buttonhole is, and whether you really need one. If this is the case for you, here are the essentials of what you need to know about wedding buttonholes for Gibraltar weddings

What is a buttonhole?

Otherwise known as a boutonniere, a buttonhole is a modest flower arrangement that rests on the lapel of a jacket or blazer. They are commonly one singular flower or a minimal collection of flowers that are a smaller version of the bridal bouquet. Buttonholes can either be slipped through the buttonhole of a jacket – hence their name – or pinned directly to the lapel. 

Who has to wear a buttonhole? 

Traditionally, the main parties of the wedding are the ones who wear a buttonhole, for example the bride or groom. However, sometimes members of the extended wedding party get to wear a buttonhole, such as the parents, groomsmen, or bridesmaids. 

In the same way that the bridesmaids might typically hold a bouquet, the buttonholes will have the same effect for those in the wedding party that wear suits (men or women) to show they are the VIPs, while incorporating the wedding’s colour scheme and making dark-coloured outfits pop. 

Ultimately, it is up to you who gets the honour of wearing a buttonhole at your wedding, and given the warmth and informality of many Gibraltar weddings, you might decide you don’t want them at all. The main thing to keep in mind is that the greater the number of buttonholes across the wedding party, the bigger the budget you will need to allocate for the florist. 

What should my buttonholes look like? 

For buttonholes at Gibraltar weddings, it is often a good idea to match the style and colour scheme of the wedding, or alternatively match the wildflowers, natural colours, and scenery of the Gibraltarian landscape. 

Gibraltar weddings might be so hot that the decision is even made to do away with suit jackets; however, this doesn’t mean you can’t still wear buttonholes. A single large vibrant flower pinned straight to a crisp white shirt or to a pair of braces can be elegant and sophisticated, while still keeping you cool. 

Whether you prefer bold, vibrant colours or cool neutral tones, we would urge you to make them personal to you. Perhaps you could opt for your favourite flower or incorporate one of your favourite hobbies? Buttonholes don’t have to be boring – some people have even gone for wild and wonderful ideas like Lego! 

Some of our favourite ideas for buttonholes for Gibraltar weddings include:

  • A thistle buttonhole for Scottish couples, pairing perfectly with a tartan jacket and kilt
  • Dried sprigs of wildflowers for those who love a rustic chic aesthetic
  • Pastel and white roses for a traditional, classic feel 
  • Cuttings from household succulents – contemporary, fresh, and cool 
  • A lavender or herbal buttonhole to keep you smelling and looking great all day long

Still unsure? For more expert advice and help in relation to Gibraltar weddings, tailored to your each and every individual need, get in touch with the Sweet Gibraltar Weddings team today