Second try DIY bouquet, critique please

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I love it! The colours look great mixed with the baby’s breath, and it seems like a great size.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

It looks gorgeous to me!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Love it, its romantic and sooo pretty!


Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I Love it. Its romantic, soft and classic. Beautiful.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@thumpurr:  Peonies have a VERY short season in early- to mid-spring…outside that time frame they are almost impossible to come by, and if they are available, they’re SUPER expensive, so I don’t know if it’s worth it to track them down for a practice bouquet.  Garden roses can give you a similar look (and are generally more available), or camellias, although they can be just as hard to find after spring, I think.  My bouquet (September wedding) will have lisianthus for the ‘fluffy’ flower, perhaps you can try that?  It should be pretty widely available now and for the next month or so.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It looks great!

As far as peonies go, here in St. Louis they appear to have a longer season than some other areas (I was told by my former-florist aunt that they are easy to get April-June). Since you’re in Nevada, I’d worry that they would be more difficult since it’s so hot there, and if you DO get them, they won’t last very long if you’re outside much.

All that being said, I have peony bushes in my yard so when they’re blooming I’m always cutting and arranging them to have around the house. They’re really easy to work with to me, and pretty fool-proof. They have strong stems so you don’t really have to worry about them drooping, and the heads are so big that they’re really forgiving when arranging. Plus, their pretty at all stages – the buds, closed blooms, and when they’re huge and open.

Garden roses would definitely be hardier, though, and easier to get, but they’re just as expensive (sometimes more!). You might want to look into some bigger, standard roses, like Creme de la Creme – it’s a beautiful ivory variety with HUGE blooms, but it’s still a standard rose.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Looks beautiful!  If you’re going for a fuller rose look, wait a couple of days and blow into the “face” of each one to spread it out more.  Quick, short puffs of air instead of trying to spread the petals with your fingers.  Once you put peonies in there, you’re going to need fewer roses, so you might need to employ different arrangement techniques.  Size-wise, a peony stem is nice and sturdy, and the bloom is going to be about the size of a navel orange but more shallow–they’re pretty big.

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