Post # 1
I just signed up for WeddingBee so I am new to this whole thing!
I was wondering if there is anyone who can help me figure out the debate about peonies. I have heard many mixed reviews on the flower and would love to use them for my wedding in April.
Just so you can picture the general idea of the wedding: Saturday night, black-tie optional, country club, about 175-200 guests, bridesmaids in floor-length silver gowns, groomsmen in black tuxedos with black bowties, groom in a black tuxedo with white bowtie, bride in a custom satin gown with lace and crystals, blush and silver table linens, and large white fluffy flowers everywhere.
I will looking to having peonies as bouquets for both myself and my girls but have heard that they can be extremely fragrant in April and that they can wilt and lose their petals very quickly. On the other hand, I have heard they are a late-spring early-summer flower and are good for April. I am skeptical about the flower but absolutely love the way the look. Since the full mass church ceremony is taking place at 3pm, followed by pictures at the venue on the golf course (weather permitting) and a reception, I am worried they will not last or smell too much.
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
David Austen roses can give you the same effect with a more reliable scent profile.
Post # 3
FutureMrsBanchon: I’d ask a florist! I happen to have a peony in my yard here in MN. It probably bloomed in May since we had snow quite late. I’m guessing florists can make them bloom kind of when they want, you know? To a point. They ARE very fragrant and they do NOT last long at all. Which makes me kind of want to get rid of it. Good luck!!
Post # 4
My daughter wanted them, for her wedding last weekend. We were told that they were “out of season” then, and would be $35 a stem.
Post # 5
I love peonies! they sell silk ones on ebay if youre worried you can’t find any in season or if you’re worried about price, scent etc
Post # 6
I adore peonies and actually spent a little bit more on flowers to have my bridal bouquet made of them for next May. I know they are pricey even in season, but even more so out of season. I think it would be wonderful to have all the bouquets made out of peonies. Just ask your florist about their opinion on the flowers.
Post # 7
I love peonies! I had them in my bouquet and they lasted until I took my bouquet a part to dry out my blooms for my shadow box (this was about 3-4 days after my wedding). Peonies are extremely popular and very expensive. I’ve also bought peonies at Whole Foods just for fun (from April till June) and they’ve lasted a week or more. I’d talk to your florist. The scent was not overbearing.
Post # 8
Peonies have loads of delicate petals so some may drop. I wouldn’t worry about them losing their fragrance. I would be more concerned about cost. They are quite expensive in season and April is too early for them. I’m not sure where you live but I got married in April and there are not many things blooming at that time in New England!
Keep in mind that peonies can have massive blooms so you could have one or two in your bouquet and then use others as fillers.
Post # 9
FutureMrsBanchon: Peonies are a beautiful choice of blooms for your bouquets. Though they may not be blooming in your garden, they’re available from other sources in April. They shouldn’t be wilting or losing petals unless they’ve been out of water too long and /or left to open too much prior to designing. And, generally, they have a wonderful fragrance…it’s part of their beauty.
Post # 10
FutureMrsBanchon: Speak to some florists in your area, it can vary! We’re getting married in March and I wanted peonies too but they’re very rarely in season that time of year unless the weather conditions have lasted longer than usual.
I am going with David Austin roses, they’re a really beautiful alternative (i’ve had many florists confirm this is the best option) and they’re easier to get 🙂 good luck!