I love peonies- they’re by far my favorite flower! But I’m getting married in late November, and my florist said I shouldn’t even consider them. Why? Do you have any suggestions for what I could use instead?
– Passionate for Peonies
Unfortunately, your florist is probably correct- peonies are a pretty difficult flower to obtain out of season, which runs from early spring to early summer. Even if your florist can source them in November, you would be paying an enormous premium, and often they can only be ordered in bulk. Worst of all, peonies out of season are super unpredictable- so even after the steep prices, they might not be fully in bloom, or look how you want them to. Do not despair, however! There are a number of different flowers that can give you the same big gorgeous look of peonies, but at a fraction of the price.
If you’re planning a budget wedding, you might actually consider carnations. Mrs. Flamingo on WeddingBee posted a DIY tutorial on creating a bouquet entirely of carnations. Grouped together, they look surprisingly like the more expensive flower.
Another option, more expensive than carnations but with a very similar look to the peony blossoms, are garden roses. They are huge and have the same crenellated appearance as the peony blooms, but are much easier to find in November. This bouquet from Martha Stewart uses garden rose buds as well as a few that are in full bloom, as well as hydrangeas.
No matter which flowers you choose, remember that you don’t have to use the same flowers in all your arrangements. Use garden roses in your bouquet, carnations for the bridesmaids, or mix it up even further by selecting completely different flowers for the table arrangements. Best of all, nobody will think you’re settling for an approximation of a peony- your guests will just appreciate the beautiful flowers.
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