Florist can't get the only flower that I want

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
9623 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

the only thing your florist did wrong, IMO, was say she could get peonies in august.  That’s a really tall order.

Peonies are so in, however, that many other types of flowers have been bred to look a lot like peonies.  Some breeds of garden roses, in particular.  They come in all colors and all types of peonies (if you’ve ever seen peonies in the store you know they actually have quite a variety of looks) but, for e.g. this one looks a lot like your traditional wedding peony:

here are some more options to look at:

roses are abundant year round, but definitely in the summer.

Double tulips and double poppies also look a lot like peonies. I’m growing them in my garden, in fact. 🙂

unfortunately, like peonies, these are also more of a spring bloom.. but in general maybe try searching through flower catalogs for “double” flowers and see what comes up.

ETA: while dahlias in no way look like peonies, they are also very romantic, and have big statement blooms.  Some people consider them acceptable alternatives, maybe you will too.

Post # 4
3985 posts
Honey bee

clairhuxtable :  I’m obviously not a florist but I’m pretty sure peonies are only in season from late March to early June. Not sure if it’s possible to get them outside these months. Perhaps there are a few flower suppliers out there who can grow some in greenhouses under controlled environment anytime of the year?

Post # 5
9623 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

clairhuxtable :  yeah no i get your frustration, she shouldn’t have said that.  I hate people who overpromise.

roses are pretty easy to get year-round, and especially in the summer!  She should have no problem getting you a peony rose.  If she says she can’t, literally link her to that website and be like “well fine then I’m paying you a premium so you can pay not-quite-wholesale prices and buy it from here”. hah.

Post # 8
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I also only wanted peonies for my late august wedding 5 years ago, but thankfully my florist was straight up and told me I was dreaming basically. I know it sucks that it is impossible to have something you always dream of having but my florist also suggested we use garden roses as a close look a like and they really did satisfy the look I was going for! Here’s a pic of one of the roses on a cocktail table at my wedding and a couple in the bottom left of my bouquet. Hope if this is an option, you like it! Also super sorry if this pictures are huge 

Post # 9
40 posts

TookieClothespin :  Do you know the name of that big purple guy in the back of your bouquet?! I am obsessed, so beaut😍

Post # 10
6064 posts
Bee Keeper

I fucking love peonies. Peonie roses are NOT peonies. 

If she promised you that she could deliver – do you have this in writing? I would probably ask for my money back, because what they promised you isnt even possible and you will have to go with another florist to get your vision. 

Post # 13
3595 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

clairhuxtable :  if you wanted peonies, you should have planned your wedding for june. your florist shouldn’t have promised them to you (though, to be fair, it DOES seem like most of the time you could get any flower year-round – my florist just got peonies for some other wedding in DECEMBER. go figure), but she might have honestly thought it was possible, only to find out that there was a low peony crop this year/some unexpected disaster occured with peony farms and so it’s just not possible to get them out of season.

Post # 14
248 posts
Helper bee

I wanted peopnies but got married in September so it wasn’t an option. My florist worked within my budget to create a similar visual affect and I absolutely loved what she did. I believe she included garden roses, lisianthus, hydrangeas, Seeded eucalyptus, silver something, spray roses, some dahlias  and rananculus. They were beautiful. 


Post # 15
1072 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would have been leery of signing a contract with a florist who guaranteed they could get me peonies in August.  I’m also a bit surprised that she’s telling you NOW that she can’t get them.  I know they have to plan ahead of time, but 8 months out seems a bit early for me.  I’m not a florist so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt.

What about silk peonies mixed in with the other real flowers?  That’s what my friend did for her wedding in July.  Her florist ordered them and was able to get very realistic looking ones.  You honestly couldn’t tell the difference between the silk and real flowers unless you felt them.  They were beautiful.

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