Post # 1
I’m not a big flower person (they die quick, so what’s the point?) but I do want to have bouquets for all the girls in my wedding. Because I’m not a big flower person, it took lots of research and time to find a flower I would like to carry in my bouquet down the aisle. I finally decided on an all white bouquet of peonies. The more I looked at pictures of them, the more I fell in love.
Then I found out that they’re not in season in November. I was crushed.
I don’t want to give up on my new favorite flower, so I’m considering making my own bouquet using fake peonies. I’ve found a few sites that offer the "true touch" faux flowers but I’m a little nervous about actually trying this. I would love to get some feedback and suggestions on making your own bouquet and even helpful websites. Maybe I will have my dream bouquet AND save tons of money in the process!
Post # 3
What is your budget? Have you ever seen the clay flowers from DK Designs Hawaii?
See the peonies in these bouqets?
Mrs.Pineapple got her flowers (including peonies) from DK Designs:
The finished product (lots of peonies):
Post # 4
@rosychicklet: Ah! They’re so pretty. But I’m afraid they’ll be out of my budget. I haven’t exactly set my floral budget yet, but after the preliminary research, I think it’s going to be kinda low compared to average costs. I guess I’m shooting for no more than $50-75 for my bouquet and about $30-45 for my BM’s? Is that unreasonable?
Post # 5
Perhaps you could consult with a different florist if you have time?
I love peonies as well! They are a just a gorgous ball of petals!! LOVE! 🙂 I have always been under the impression that they are in season in May, but my florist told me that she was able to get them year round! So for my wedding (in Sept.) I will have a bouquet of peonies!
Best of luck to you!
Post # 6
Yeah, I’d suggest double checking with a few florists in town. I think peonies, for some vendors, are flowers they just keep year round.
I’m not a big fan of faux flowers, and if you go that route be sure they are as real looking as they can be. I’d go with silk instead of fabric.
Post # 7
I’m not a big fan of fake flowers (clay flowers, paper flowers, ribbon flowers- any flowers that are NOT trying to look like the real thing, but are beautiful in and of themselves I am a fan of).
Have you looked at garden roses? They are often used as a substitute for peonies (since they look similar). Here’s some pictures:
What about scrimping on the BM bouquets so that you could have peonies?
Mrs. Flamingo DIYed a carnation bouquet that was inspired by peonies (the carnations mimiced the peonies when they were clustered togther).
Check our her post about it:
Photo Shoot: DIY Bouquet
And another Bees carnation bouquet inspired by it:
Carnation Bouquet results
Post # 8
@rosychicklet: I like the idea of the carnations bunched together. They actually look really pretty and I would be able to do as you say and "scrimp" on the BMs bouquets to possibly get my peonies! I emailed more florists again yesterday, so hopefully someone will be able to come through at my budget. But my FSIL is ordering a sample of the fake peony for me just in case!
Post # 9
I think it’s a good idea to see a sample- they may be just what you’re looking for and be a great solution.
Good luck and definitely let us know how it turns out- there are probably other brides who are facing a similar dilemma (and an unbiased review of a product is always more trustworthy than the claims from the company itself).
Post # 10
I have a post on my blog about some gorgeous garden roses that can be used when peonies are out of season..there are several and gorgeous..and a super large rose that is unusual called the Esperanza rose..pics too.
I love some of the looks of the clay flowers, and have seen some to die for crystal bouquets, feather bouquets etc, but at the end of the day, I have to say I’m a flower kind of girl. I love the smell. The feel of a petal.
Post # 11
I’d say just run to a Michael’s or a Hobby Lobby (not sure if you have them in Georgia, we have them here in Texas) and see their selection. Sometimes they’ll order you a box so you don’t have to get the ones that have been crushed by everyone else touching them out on the stands. Also watch for sales…a lot of silk flowers get discounted at the end of a season. I know Hobby Lobby had a 50% sale and I got the silk flowers for my bouquet for about $30. Yay DYI discount brides!
Post # 12
there are some roses that resemble peonies and ranunculus also does too. i’m in the same boat as you, my wedding will be too late for peonies 🙁