Post # 1
I really had my heart set on peonies or cabbage roses for my centerpieces, but they’re a bit pricier than I expected. I like how full they look, and lush.. do the bees have any suggestions on flowers that are similair or have the same “full” look?
Post # 3
I think Dahlia’s are really pretty and full looking. I’m not sure what the price is though…
Post # 4
@natbug21: We looked into dahlia’s and they are also pricey :/
This is a very tentative centerpiece mock-up. The color scheme will remain mostly the same (except that the yellow will be more of a mustard), but I’m just hating the way these roses look. They’re not fully open yet, so that could play a factor, but I still want to find an alternative.
Post # 5
My florist recommended garden roses because I too liked peonies, but they were out of season for our wedding, and I also love the look of rananculus. My bouquet mixed the two together – the bigger, fluffier ones are the garden roses. There are many different types you can look up, but I believe mine were called piaget garden roses.
Post # 6
@Wonderstruck: ohh these just might be the alternative I’m looking for! Thank you 🙂
Post # 7
We are using Juliet roses. I know they are pricey but they might be cheaper than peonies.
We are also using “vitality roses” which have a similar look but are much cheaper!
Post # 9
Just saw that you looked at cabbage roses. What about ranunculus? The only downside is that they’re smaller than peonies so the florist needs more flowers, which may drive up the price.
Also, using a few peonies, cabbage roses with hydrangeas and carnations may lower the price. If you have a color scheme, like pink, you can ask your florist to use pink stock, which costs less. Green stock also helps cut the cost. I’ve heard that brussel sprouts look like tight peony bulbs, generally fruit and veggies are more affordable than flowers. Maybe mixing some of those in with just a few peonies will give the illusion of more of them. Peonies, during peony, season should be about $3 or less for a florist to purchase. Ask your florist where she’s getting the peonies. There’s a lot of growers in the mid west, maybe you can purchase the peonies and give them to her to arrange. Or maybe she can purchase them directly from on. They’re about $3/ea.
Is your florist providing the vases, or are you? I decided to get the vases myself, and will be reselling them after the wedding. It’s more cost effective than renting them from the florist, albeit more work. Maybe that’s an option?
Can you find another florist? I really wanted peonies and I really had to shop around to get a something in my price range. I ended up getting referred to my florist by a friend. I live in a big city, and she’s just outside of it. She just started her business a few years ago and works out of her home. I think the lack of overhead and desire to build her portfolio is keeping her rates lower than average in my area. If you’re in the bay area, I can give you her info.