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How Much Does a Boutonniere Cost?

Last Updated on February 29, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

A boutonniere is a must-have accessory that adds a touch of elegance to any formal event. Carefully pinned to the lapel of a suit or tuxedo, these small floral arrangements make grooms, groomsmen, ushers, and prom dates stand out. When planning a wedding, prom, or other formal celebration, boutonnieres should be one of the top things on your mind.

But in all the excitement, it’s easy to forget that boutonnieres don’t just magically appear. They need to be specially ordered, crafted, and delivered. And yes, all those extra steps come at a cost.

Depending on the size, floral selections, and other custom details, boutonniere prices can range anywhere from $5 to $100 each. It pays to understand the factors that influence cost so you can make informed decisions when planning your event.

This article breaks down everything you need to know about boutonniere costs. We’ll explore pricing ranges, methods to save money, and tips for working with florists to get the perfect accessories that won’t break the bank. Let’s get started!


  • Boutonniere prices range widely from $5 budget options to $100+ luxury designs.
  • Opt for in-season blooms and bulk orders to save money.
  • Work with florists for discounts and customization.
  • With planning, you can find beautiful boutonnieres to fit your vision and budget!

How Much Does a Boutonniere Cost?

Here’s an overview of typical price ranges and what impacts costs.

Average Cost Range

For traditional floral boutonnieres, expect to pay:

  • Weddings: $10 – $50 per boutonniere
  • Proms: $10 – $30 per boutonniere

Luxury or custom designs can cost over $100. Budget options like silk flowers or DIY projects could cost under $10.

The Flower Alley, for example, offers a variety of boutonnieres with prices ranging from $20 to $85. Examples include a Minimalist Boutonniere for $20, a Fairytale Boutonniere for $25, and a White Calla and Red Rose Matching Set for $85.

Vogue Flowers provides corsages and boutonnieres with prices ranging from $31.00 to $35.00. They offer options like a Blush Rose Wrist Corsage, a White Spray Rose Wrist Corsage, and a Spray Rose Corsage Wristlet.

Boutonniere Basics

Before diving into costs, it helps to understand the two main types of boutonnieres and popular floral choices.

Types of Boutonnieres

Boutonnieres typically fall into one of two categories:

  • Traditional: These feature a small cluster of flowers wired or taped together. Roses, calla lilies, and orchids are popular choices.
  • Alternative: Crafted from succulents, brooches, feathers, greenery, or fabric, these modern styles offer unique options.

Choosing the Right Flowers and Style

Selecting the right flowers and style involves considering:

  • Event formality – Formal events call for fresh floral boutonnieres while informal celebrations may allow alternative options.
  • Season – Use seasonal blooms for the best prices.
  • Venue style – Rustic, modern, classic – choose flowers that complement the setting.
  • Theme and colors – Coordinate with the event palette for a cohesive look.
  • Personal taste – The style should fit the individual’s personality and style.

Factors Affecting Price

Elements that increase boutonniere costs include:

  • Flower types – Rare, delicate, or out-of-season flowers cost more.
  • Size and complexity – Larger or more elaborate designs cost extra.
  • Customization – Unique shapes, color schemes, and personalization add to the price.
  • Order size – Bulk orders usually receive discounts.
  • Florist reputation – Top florists charge higher prices.
  • Delivery fees – Having boutonnieres delivered raises costs.

Options for Every Budget

From splurge-worthy to budget-conscious, there are boutonniere options at every price point.

Luxury vs. Budget-Friendly Choices

On the luxury end, expect to pay $75+ for boutonnieres featuring orchids, gardenias, or peonies. For more budget-friendly options under $25, choose blooms like carnations, roses, or daisies.

You might also like our articles about the cost of corsages, roses, or suits.

DIY Boutonniere Ideas

With a bit of creativity, you can craft beautiful boutonnieres for under $10 each:

  • Silk flowers – Arrange artificial blooms and greenery.
  • Fabric flowers – Sew petals from fabric scraps or old ties.
  • Paper flowers – Fold and shape patterned papers into blooms.

Ordering and Customization

Working directly with florists opens up more possibilities for personalized and budget-friendly boutonnieres.

Working with Florists

Florists offer experience, unique ideas, and potential bulk order discounts. Discuss:

  • Flower options within your budget
  • Customizing colors, sizes, etc.
  • Delivery logistics and timing
  • Package pricing for large orders

Custom Design Considerations

When creating custom boutonnieres, keep in mind:

  • Select 1-3 complementary flower types
  • Consider size – Don’t overwhelm a small lapel
  • Match style to the individual’s personality
  • Allow time for design and revisions

Additional Considerations and Tips

Rose BoutonniereA few final thoughts to wrap up boutonniere planning:

Bulk Orders and Package Deals

For weddings and big events, ask about:

  • Discounted pricing for large orders
  • All-inclusive boutonniere packages

Care and Preservation Tips

  • Store properly before the event
  • Avoid crushing or damaging flowers
  • Consider pressing or preserving special boutonnieres

Frequently Asked Questions

Who pays for the boutonniere?

Traditionally, the person who is wearing the boutonniere does not pay for it themselves.

For weddings, the groom’s boutonniere is usually paid for by the bride, since it is part of the wedding flowers and decor. The groomsmen’s boutonnieres may be paid for by the groom to thank his groomsmen.

For proms or homecoming, the person asking their date – whether a girl asking a boy, or vice versa – offers to pay for the boutonniere as part of asking them to the dance. It is considered polite for the person who did the asking to offer to cover corsage/boutonniere costs.

In general, boutonnieres are gifted to the wearer by their event date, family member, or friend participating in the event with them. Offering to pay shows care and consideration.

Do girls give boutonniere?

Yes, it’s common for girls to give a boutonniere!

For formal dances like prom or homecoming, it’s traditional for whoever asks their date – whether a boy asking a girl or vice versa – to provide a matching corsage and boutonniere set. So if a girl is asking a boy to a dance, she would give him a boutonniere.

At weddings, the bride traditionally gifts the groom his boutonniere to wear for the ceremony. She may also give boutonnieres to significant men in her life, like her father or grandfather. Bridesmaids can give boutonnieres to their male ushers or relatives.

Girls giving boutonnieres shows effort and care for the event details. It’s a thoughtful gesture whether given by a date, family member, or friend. Matching a boutonniere to the girl’s corsage completes the coordinated formal look.

How long will a boutonniere last?

The lifespan of a boutonniere depends on the flower type and care:

Fresh flowers: With proper refrigeration, fresh flower boutonnieres typically last 24-48 hours. Keep flowers hydrated and store in breathable packaging.

Silk flowers: Silk boutonnieres may last for many years with careful handling. Avoid crushing or fraying the artificial blooms and greens.

Preserved/dried flowers: Using natural flower preservation techniques, boutonnieres made from dried materials can last 1-3 years or longer. Handle delicate petals gently.

To extend a boutonniere’s lifespan for an event, avoid getting it wet, crushed, or damaged. Carry a backup in case repairs are needed. For short events under 6 hours, a fresh boutonniere should remain in good shape with care.

Consider pressing or preserving your boutonniere after a special event to create a lasting memento. With some TLC, you can enjoy your boutonniere’s beauty and memories for years to come.

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