Flower of the Week: The Peony

In our weekly series, we're dishing on everything you need to know about the holy grail of wedding flowers

Updated 06/30/17

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In our new Flower of the Week series, we'll bring you all things flower, from the cost, to the season, to the little details you need to ask your florist. This is your go-to guide for blooms ranging from ranunculi to rose. So take a minute to stop and smell (and read!) every "flower Friday."

No other flower is as ubiquitously crowd pleasing as the holy grail of wedding blooms: the Peony. Magnificently show-stopping and lush, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bride who DOESN’T want peonies incorporated in some way into their wedding. Coming in more varieties and colors than we could even begin to list, they’re also lovely chameleons that can cater to many different bridal styles.

Pink, White, and Orange Peony Bouquet

Photo by Tim Willoughby

Seasonality

Peonies begin blooming in early spring, hitting their peak late spring-early summer. Think, generally speaking, late May-mid June.

Deep Red Peony Bouquet

Photo by Readyluck

Style

Peonies are usually conducive to a more romantic or classic style. Because their blooms are so showy and lush, they don’t always work as well in a more modern or minimalistic arrangement (but we’ve seen it done!).

Pink Peony Wedding Bouquet

Photo by Natalie Bray Photography

Colors

Pinks, reds, white, yellow (some variations combine two or more of these colors).

All-White Peony Bouquet

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Price: $$$$

Tip: if you have a tight budget but MUST have a few peonies, just use them in your bouquet, not your centerpieces or bridesmaids bouquets. That way, most of the photos of you will also include a peony!

Bright Pink Peony Bouquet

Photo by Austin Gros

Shelf Life

Peonies usually last between one week and 10 days.

Photo by Sargeant Creative

It works well with...

Because peonies are such statement-makers, you usually need only one to three in a bouquet, and maybe a couple more in a centerpiece depending on the size. That means that the flowers you pair it with are important and need to be complimentary without being in competition. Luckily, peonies come in so many varieties and colors, making them extremely versatile and able to be paired with lots of different blooms. Ranunculi are a safe bet, as are garden roses (as long as there aren’t too many since they’re also face flowers).

In terms of greenery to pair, it all depends on the vibe of the wedding. We’ve seen everything from monstera leaves (tropical) to eucalyptus to lemon leaf work with peonies.

Coral Peony Bridal Bouquet

Photo by Jennifer-Xu

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