Post # 1
So, since I’m pretty sure my florist is over me at this point, I need your help, ladies.
I wanted peonies. My mind was made up – until I saw the price. Holy cow – that is NOT in our budget. So, I have been trying to figure out a good alternative. I have no idea what to choose. Our reception flowers are going to be white and antique green hydrangea, and the other half of the tables will have dendrobium orchids with willow branches.
I thought about blush anemones like in the picture, but I’m afraid it will look too wildflowery. Since our wedding is at night, I really want things to look creamy and romantic and fluffy (total peony reference there – sorry). I am out of ideas, and if I ask my florist for one more quote, she is seriously going to kill me.
Post # 3
Have you asked the florist what they suggest? I like to give people a little creative room – so maybe you should say I’d like to spend between $XX and $XX and I want this look… See what she comes up with.
Post # 4
Yeah – she wanted to use roses. I just personally don’t like roses. Although I think that is what we might have to go with. Our colors are champagne and truffle, and since our initial ideas were for bright Fall colors, but with the change of service and volunteering of my Bridesmaid or Best Man to make the arrangements, our preferences changed.
Since then, the Bridesmaid or Best Man really can’t get here early enough to do the arrangements, and I’ve sent so many emails to her to ask about stem prices. She didn’t seem to happy when I told her that we were going to try to have the Bridesmaid or Best Man make them. So, now I need to go back to her with a plan for a new estimate instead of making the relationship any more strained.
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception
what about ranunculus?
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Post # 6
I had thought about that, but I have also been warned about how fragile and finicky they are.
Post # 7
Ooo, those blush anemones are wonderful! I wish I had thought of them.
Post # 8
Have you looked at cabbage roses or garden roses? They are often used as a substitute for peonies because they are so full and ruffly.
Check out these old posts:
What is a good substitute for peonies?
Considering DIY faux bouquet b/c peonies are out of season in Nov. 🙁
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Ranuncula aren’t THAT fragile — mine were really very hearty!
Post # 10
There was a post on WB Pro about this recently – Nancy Liu Chin suggested lots of great alternatives for peonies and ranunculus. I’m a big fan of garden roses and Polo roses myself, and I think that carnations can be gorgeous, even though they get such a bad rap for being “cheap”!
Post # 11
Oh thank you studio.ariadne for that link! I too was having difficulty picking a cheaper flower. I now know that I also love the polo rose.