I'm planning on "doing" the flowers myself, you know. Myself plus help, probably. Four bouquets, a whole lot of centerpieces and one or two corsages. None of those things worry me. Bouttonnieres worried me. There's so much wiring and wrapping and proportion, it seems like that might actually take some skill. For a while I thought my mom would help (she worked in a floral shop years ago) but that's not going to work, so I worried.
I asked DJ if he'd be willing to consider a non-floral bouttonniere option, and in his typical laid-back way he said he would.
I bought some feathers and millinery leaves and spent an afternoon wiring and wrapping. I also used some vintage buttons and a few precious inches of Alencon lace from my grandma's collection. None of them are the same, because, well, that's just how I do things. My mind could always change, but now if nothing else we have a backup plan for wilty blooms.
You wouldn't think I'd need eight for a smallish wedding, would you. One groom, three groomsmen, three ushers and a dad = 8. It's nice to have that many people willing to wear feathers and lace for you.