Last fall, we photographed a super creative wedding. The bride, Natasha, wasn’t the most ordinary bride – she was a girl with a mind of her own. We were so impressed with her use of buttons instead of flowers. Today, Natasha is here with instructions for this great twist on the traditional bouquets and boutonnieres.
Natasha: “I originally got the idea when I was talking to a co-worker about my wedding plans. I expressed my strong dislike for flowers and had no idea what I was going to do for the bouquets. She suggested that I use buttons so I did not have to buy flowers. I was thrilled at this idea.”
Here are her instructions:
- Buttons (300-400 for small bouquets, 400-600 for large bouquets)
- Floral Tape
- First, get all the colors of buttons you wants and have them sorted
- Cut off about a 8in-12in of wire for the stems of the buttons
- Stacking the buttons with any number desired, run the wire up one side of holes over the top button and then down the other side of holes
- With a pair of pliers, grab the two strands of wire at the bottom of the buttons and twist together until the wire tightly twisted.
- After you make three single strands of buttons, then twist those three strands together to make a little section. Make as many sections as needed depending on the size desired
- Then simple start twisting the sections together to make the boutiques. Again, depending on how big you what your boutique determines the number of sections that will need to be made.
- Once you have the preferred size, wrap all the section stems in floral tape and ribbon if desired.
- Buttons (3 per boutonnière, 1 large and 2 small)
- Plastic floral leaves (2-3 per boutonnière)
- Floral Tape
- Small Magnets
- Steps 1 – 4 are the same as the bouquets.
- When you have three strands completed, clip the wire to between 3-4 inches.
- With floral tape, tape the stems of the three strands and the stems of the floral leaves together with the button strands situated in front of the leaves.
- Glue one of the magnets to the back of the boutonnière. The other magnet will be put on the inside of the shirt to keep the boutonnière attached.
For other bouquet inspiration, check out Green Wedding Shoes post on Wedding Trend: Vintage Brooch Bouquets.