(Closed) Peonies in July?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1580 posts
Bumble bee

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
29 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You can always use Cabbage Roses if the peonies are unavailable– They look so similar!

Post # 10
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

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
2 posts

monamiestephanie:  Peonies from Alaska are available from July-early September

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by  MarElle7. Reason: Available typo
Post # 13
4045 posts
Honey bee

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
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
5182 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

How do people even find threads from 4 years ago to bring up?

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