An absolute favourite for so many brides are perfect pink peonies. Here is a round-up of amazing peony bouquet designs from some of Australia’s most gifted floral designers, plus some tips for brides planning to use this gorgeous bloom on their big day!
Brides, Heart set on Peonies? Plan for a November Wedding!
I have lost count of the amount of times a bride has asked me for peonies, but unfortunately often their wedding dates falls outside of the short peony season.
The season for this flower is spring and they are mostly available for only a few weeks in November. They can start earlier in October or run later in December, but generally November is the best and only month of the year for these incredible, feminine, fluffy blooms that are the size of a side plate!
They come in an array of colours: white, pastle pink, mid pink, coral and deep port wine – divine! And they can be used in so many ways; here are some amazing bouquet examples:
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Classic round posy of pink peonies
Starting with the classic round posy of pink peonies, accented with purple tulips, so feminine and elegant.
Another classic example of this stunning flower on it’s own, this time with buds scattered throughout, in the purest of all colours, white.
Peony mixed bouquets
Moving from the classic round bouquets, another great way to go is to combine them with other blooms. In this example from Lotus Floral Studio they have been mixed with roses and pretty little geraldton wax to accent, a very pretty combination.
Jen’s Flowers uses the same approach but shows a different design, mixing them with roses and lisianthus. As peonies are one of the more expensive blooms, it is a great idea to mix them with better value flowers like roses and lisianthus, as it still creates a similar look but at a lower price point.
I love the harmonious colour tones in this peony, rose, lisianthus and gypsophila bouquet from Fresh Floral Studio.
Bright colour tones
This bouquet from Leah Mitchell Floral Design takes soft pale pink peonies and pairs them with some brighter hot pink, orange and yellow tones. With the inclusion also of white and grey and gorgeous textures, it makes for a balanced, pleasing design.
Sorella Flower Merchant turns up the colour dial and shows us how they can be used in a bright fun way. Here, coral peonies have be mixed with orange ranuculi, poppies and purple lavender, with just a touch of white to soften. This bouquet would be perfect for the bride with a bright, bubbly personality.
Kindred Floral has also made these stunning massive blooms in coral a stand out feature. The coral variety when fully opened displays a gorgeous yellow centre, which has been highlighted here with yellow Dancing Lady orchids. The texture of these blooms together with the cascading nature of the orchids creates a different look to the usual round bouquet design.
Pastel and deep colours
Alstonville Florist have used pale pink peonies in a different way. Here they are combined with this season’s hottest trend the King Protea. The harmonious palette of pale pinks, whites, soft greens and greys give the design a beautiful romantic feel. I love the contrast of the hard edges of the King Protea with the soft petals of the Peony.
Now to my personal favourite, the deep red port-wine peonies. Blushing Blooms – Flowers By Sally Thompson, has used the red port wine variety as the hero and paired with lime green. The freshness of this garden posy is so lovely; what a lucky bride to carry such a beautiful bouquet.
Finally, I am totally in love the originality of this design. Deep red port-wine peonies mixed with red carnations on one side, the other half adorned with green succulents that wrap around the design so beautifully. And to finish, cascading hanging amaranthus. Ten out of ten to Funky Bunches!
So to those lucky brides who are getting married in peony season, get pinning on Pinterest and chat with your specialist wedding florist about how to best use these stunning blooms in your bridal bouquet design!