(Closed) Considering DIY faux bouquet b/c peonies are out of season in Nov. :(

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 5
69 posts
Worker bee

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
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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 Bridesmaid or Best Man 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 # 9
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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 🙁

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