Post # 1
Finding a florist for my wedding has been the hardest part of planning by far. My orginal florist who gave me a very reasonable (and within budget) quote ghosted me when it was time to sign the contract. I had to meet with multiple other florists to find someone willing to give me a similar price. I finally found a florist willing to work with my budget, signed the contract, and paid the deposit.
Prior to me signing the contract I mentioned that pervious florists had told me they would be unable to get peonies, which were the only flowers I specifically wanted. My florist assured me she would have no problem gettingthem but that peonies were super expensive for the time I wanted them. We agreed that peonies would be used only for the bouquets and sweetheart table. I wasn’t to picky about the flowers that were going to be used on the centerpieces.
I’m super ticked that now, after we’ve paid, she saying theres no way to get them. I looked at my contract and it contains language that says she can change flowers based on avalibility but part of the reason I picked this florist in the first place was because she made it seem like getting peonies was no issue. Additonally, I was quoted a price that included peonies (with an upcharge because they would be hard to get), for her to now replace them with some other flower after I’ve already paid seems unfair.
I guess I’m venting but I’m also wondering what if anything I can do at this point? Or if any one has suggestions for peony like flowers I can use in my bouquet.
Post # 2
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. https://www.edenbrothers.com/store/dahlia-bulbs-cafe-au-lait.html
Post # 3
amanda1988 : If she would have told me from the begining it would be hard, I would have come up with an alternative vision for my wedding, which I guess I’m having to do now anyways. I had my heart set on those peonies. Ughh.
Thanks for your help, of course I love the peony rose the most. Do you know if those are tough to get in August?
Post # 4
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
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 # 6
socalgirl1689 : I’m assuming thats what she planned on doing and her supplier fell through. Which I wouldn’t be upset about if she told me that could happen and hadn’t been so confident in saying that she would have no issue getting them.
Post # 7
it’s not cheap but it looks like fiftyflowers does have some peonies available in august. You could perhaps see if she’d get it from them, though she may try to charge you yet more.
Post # 8
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
TookieClothespin : Do you know the name of that big purple guy in the back of your bouquet?! I am obsessed, so beaut😍
Post # 10
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 # 11
jayymed05 : looks like a purple echeveria succulent
Post # 12
The florist did the wrong thing, absolutely. She should refund the extra she charged due to the additional cost of peonies.
Old fashioned cabbage roses and some David Austin roses can have a peony look. Do a Google image search or have a look at this thread here:
Post # 13
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
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
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.