Post # 1
I just went for my first two florist appointments yesterday. I’m having a July 4th wedding next year, and would love peonies to be one of two main flowers at my wedding (orchids being the other). The first florist I met with agreed with everything in my vision, but the second immediately shot down the idea of having peonies, stating that it wouldn’t be possible.
Can it be done?
Will any of you being having peonies at your July wedding? Can you show me photos if you’ve already wed, and had peonies at your July wedding?
Post # 3
You can have peonies but they’re more expensive and sometimes difficult to find (which is why your second florist probably shot down the idea) as they are usually in bloom in spring (see the price difference example below):
If you absolutely must have them and money is no object then go ahead and have your florist get them, but if you’re on a budget and would like to have a similar look but for less – try asking for garden roses.
Post # 4
I had a peony bloom in my garden last week.
After the bloom opened it lasted 3 days before looking like absolute garbage.
Despite the fact that florists’ suppliers likely grow in controlled conditions, peonies are very ‘delicate’ and like camrie pointed out, usually bloom in spring, so the cost is going to be higher.
Your budget/the difficulty of finding that many is probably why your florist had that reaction. But again, if money is no object..
Post # 6
Just to chime in here, I used my own peonies from my garden and they bloomed in June, my wedding was July 3rd so I had to cut them before they opened and stored them in my fridge for 3 weeks. I checked them every week to make sure there wasn’t any moisture and if there was, I would dry them off and re-wrap them.
I knew I wanted to use my peonies so we picked the long weekend closest to their bloom date to have our wedding.
It is possible but you’ll have to pay more so the florist can source out where to get them out of season or you can buy them early for cheaper price and store them in the fridge. If you need help with how to care for them during those weeks, let me know…
Here are some pictures from my wedding.
Post # 7
I got married July 10 and I had peonies. However, from our first meeting my florist told me that July is a little late in the season for peonies, and there may not be any. Luckily she found some for my wedding that looked great. My florist was awesome and very artistic, so I trusted her to make the bouquet look awesome even if we couldn’t get peonies. According to my florist, my bouquet had white peonies, platinum gyp, gold seeded eucalyptus, amnesia roses, and sahara roses. The bridesmaids had gardenias, amnesia roses, and white spray roses, which were equally beautiful.
Post # 8
I think it will depend on the year, and the weather of the growing season. We had a very early blooming season in NYC and peonies were in and out by early June. I got married this July in northern NJ, and it was HOT…like in the 90s for a couple of weeks. My florist was unable to get peonies for my July 17 wedding.
Maybe you’ll get lucky!
Post # 9
You can always use Cabbage Roses if the peonies are unavailable– They look so similar!
Post # 10
I did not plan on them, because I had a July wedding, but my florist found them (flow in from New Zealand, not very green, but gorgeous) and we had them everywhere. Gorgeous!
Post # 11
I, too, had peonies in my bouquet and it was July 3rd! My florist said that she’d do her best to get peonies, but had a documented a type of roses as a backup. Everything turned out just fine…my bouquet had all of my fav’s (except for gerber’s)! Good Luck to you!!
Post # 12
For July 2012 weddings my friend found http://www.bridgewatergardens.com that sometimes has peonies into early July.
Post # 12
monamiestephanie: Peonies from Alaska are available from July-early September
Post # 13
monamiestephanie: My daughter wanted them, for her late August wedding. She was told the florist could get them, but they’d be $35 a stem, then. Instead, for her centerpieces she used hyndrangea (big, round arrangements, on top of big glass vases).
Post # 14
There are SO many beautiful in season flowers in July that I really don’t see spending a crazy amount for an out of season flower that may not be as nicely bloomed or last in the heat as flowers made to bloom in July. I got married in July and used all sorts of roses and hydrangea and fresia. You could definitely get a similar look with hydrangea and fresias and it will cost much less.
Post # 15
How do people even find threads from 4 years ago to bring up?