Autumn weddings are so beautiful. However, if you don’t know a lot about flowers, you might initially think your floral options are limited. Not true!
I’ve come up with seven unique boutonniere options for your grooms that you can easily make for your wedding.
You can grow your own flowers to further cut costs. One boutonniere in this post is completely free.
Get all the details after the jump!
When I got married I was looking for any possible way to save money. Boutonnieres are one of those things that look intimidating, but are actually super simple to make. Have a crafty friend read my tutorial on how to make them, and easily save yourself $15-$20 per attendant.
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Grow Your Own Flowers and Use What You Have
The backbone of keeping this project cheap or possibly free, is growing your own flowers, using flowers from a friend’s garden, or using wild flowers from the ditch. In the following pictures, I even used weeds. But they have beautiful textures and no one needs to know!!
If none of these options are available to you, you can still buy a small amount of flowers from the grocery store and still come out money ahead. I’ll elaborate more under each of the pictures.
P.S. I made these boutonnieres from grocery store flowers and some greenery from my shrubs for about $30.
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The Best Fall Flowers For Boutonnieres
Here are my favourite flowers to use in fall weddings:
- Sunflowers (not for boutonnieres, but in general)
- False sunflowers
- Brown Eyed Susans
I live in USDA Hardiness Zone 2/3. If you live somewhere warmer, you might have a lot more flower options available to you, and if you have to purchase them, they might not be as expensive as they are here.
Related: Elegant and Easy Floral Hoop Wreath
Stunning Floral Combinations for Autumn Wedding Boutonnieres
Alstroemeria can be grown in my zone, but it’s just easier and more reliable to buy them from the grocery store. One bouquet can easily fill all your needs and provide leftovers for another arrangement. I paired this one with a wildflower from the ditch and some plants in my garden.
Dahlia + False Sunflower + Goldenrod
Dahilas are at their prime in fall and the small ones are perfect for boutonnieres. Goldenrod grows freely this time of year in the ditches in my area. The green stuff is a sprig of lilac seed pods.
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Goldenrod + Wildflowers
This boutonniere was completely free. I went into the ditch by my mother-in-law’s acreage with a pair of scissors and cut anything that looked colourful or had an interesting texture. Your area may have different plants, but don’t dismiss it just because it’s a weed.
Strawflower +Yarrow + Celosia
Strawflowers are your wedding BFF. They take a long time to wilt, so they’re sure to look gorgeous from the church ceremony to the final dance.
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Succulents aren’t just limited to fall, but can make an unusual modern statement.
Zinnia + Goldenrod + Yarrow
Small zinnias or the button varieties look best. If you’re growing them for your wedding, start some indoors and plant another batch after all risk of frost has passed to make sure you have some when you need them.
If you have to buy flowers for this project, gladiolas are one of your cheapest options. One stem provides you with the main flower for at least 8 boutonnieres! It is a bit trickier to work with, since you won’t have much of a stem. I would attach a wire to your bloom to make things easier.
Want to save even more money? Check out my posts on how to make DIY bouquets for practically free, how to decorate your own wedding cake easily, and how to make floral hoops.
Need more autumn wedding inspiration? See how I used the last of the fall flowers in a backyard to make some gorgeous DIY bouquets.
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Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots. She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden. She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.