(Closed) My florist just blindsided me :( Need new inspiration!

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

garden roses! They open up just the same way!


Post # 4
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

oooh, you know I love peonies, but they are dead by July around here. I meeting with a florist on Tuesday about my peony idea and I ordered a trial real touch peony from flowerdepotstore.com that should be here Monday. I’ll keep you posted. 

but your only route is to call every florist possible or order wholesale from like fiftyflowers, BUT the price of peonies jumps up in the middle of June. 

Post # 5
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

OK, this might not woo you, but what about a WHACK load of carnations? Seriously, they look AMAZING. Do they not look a little like your beloved Peonies?

If thats just not going to work for you perhaps hydrangeas might give you the same feel and they have presteige.

Post # 6
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

cabbage roses.  same look =)  ( i think a little cheaper!)



Post # 7
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Oh boo…. peonies die in July? There goes my bouquet as well! Please give us some advice 🙂

Post # 8
503 posts
Busy bee

Don’t fret! Ask your florist if she can get David Austin Roses….they have a very long blooming season and look much like peonies. Some bouquets I have seen with these flowers are even prettier than peonies. Here are a few exampls..

This one is gorgeous!!

Post # 9
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Don’t get too bummed out…things may work out for you!  I was a July 3rd bride in St. Louis and had several peonies in my bouquet!!  You could be in luck and if it doesn’t work out, go with the David Austin or Cabbage roses…they’re gorgeous too!!!!!!!!!

Post # 10
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Is it mostly the colour or the fullness of the peonies that you love?

I’m surprised your florist didn’t have any secondary suggestions/didn’t say anything before since ponies are usually an april-june bloom :/


are there any other flowers you like for other occassions?

Post # 11
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Wish I could help, but I know nothing about flowers. Maybe you could get them off the Internet?

OT, but does ANYONE know what dress that is? IT’S GORGEOUS!

Post # 13
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

As fellow bees, M.Ruder and runnerbeez, have suggested cabbage/David Austin/garden roses are an excellent option. I had a peony bouquet and I have to tell you that it was SO top heavy! Then my best friend got married in October and we used garden roses for some of her bouquets. I swear, the garden roses opened beautifully and were very similar to the peony expect they were lighter! 



Other options would be (although I am not sure about seasonality as some florist can import flowers from South America):










double/parrot/bearded tulips




Post # 15
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agrew–david austin roses. She’s right to make you have a backup because peonies often are gone by June, but I was married in mid-July in New York last year, and they got me peonies. I doubt they can guarantee them for you, but there is a big chance you can have them.

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