A pretty symbol of happiness and prosperity, peonies are many a bride’s perfect choice of flower. Loved the world over for their perfect delicate ruffles, pretty colours, and incredible scent. These gorgeous flowers are a stunning addition to bouquets, floral crowns or table decorations.
With colours ranging from white through to princess pink, to burgundy and coral. They really are a touch of feminine perfection.
Theres is no reason why you can’t simply have a bouquet of peonies. If you love a frilly romantic look, a bouquet of full, white or pale pink peony blooms can look elegantly beautiful.
You can of course pair them with carefully selected in season flowers. One of the most important things to know about peonies is that they are not available all year round. These garden sensations are only typically available between May and August.
Peonies epitomise the ‘English summer wedding’ and are a stunning flower choice for a wedding in the warmer months. Take a look at Jo and Andrew’s stunning wedding below, and our inspirational editorial at Penton Park for some ideas.
From coral to copper, from lime to black.. There is something for every peony loving bride to work with, see below for a colour chart.
For a more exotic look, take a look at the Coral Charm variety. Consider mixing this perfect coral bloom with an assortment of yellows and bright pinks. Creating a simply sensational colour palette, your guests and photographer will simply swoon over.
You could go for darker coloured peony bouquets, for beautiful colour contrast against your white gown. Buckeye Belle, is a deep blood-red peony
Having a range of peonies that are all at different stages of opening is a great way to add variety and interest to your bouquet’s texture.
An all white peony bouquet also makes a stylish impact against fresh green natural foliage.
White peonies look modern and chic look against a silver backdrop.
For a romantic look combine them with subtle touches of pastel pink.
Add a touch of excitement with pretty pops of colour. Monsieur Jules Elie could potentially be the peony that matches this pink pop, and they have a delicious rose scent too.
For a beautiful scent, choose the white Duchesse de Nemours, a double peony, one of the oldest type with pure ivory flowers. Lemony green at the base, with an scent similar to Lilly of the Valley. Charlie’s White and Crinkled White are other varieties.
Which variety do you like? You can find some fabulous information here:
Happy flower selecting. I know some incredibly brilliant florists. These creative souls who live and breathe their craft, will be a font of floral knowledge… use that, and they will create something extraordinary for you.