May is officially Peony Month! It is at Magnolia Event Design, anyway. This month, we are going to focus on peonies and how they can create floral arrangements for every type of wedding and bride. Is it coincidence that the high season for peony delivery is from April to mid June? We think not. October to February is also a high season for peony delivery.
Peonies are among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture. It is the traditional floral symbol of China since 1903 and is known as the “flower of riches and honor” or the “king of flowers.” With this history, any bride can add a touch that screams “Royal!” to a wedding. A resilient flower, their shape, simplicity and large size add elegance to wedding bouquets and centerpieces.
Logistically, Peaonia (commonly known as peonies) are perennial plants. This means that the plant lives for more than two years. The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials. What does this mean for your wedding? This means that you are likely to not have to worry about the longevity of your bouquet in the midst of all the other stressful facets of wedding planning.
Now, you’re thinking that peonies are only good for pink-themed weddings. False! Because of the versatility in color and petals of the flower, you can create bouquets and flower arrangements that do not necessarily have to focus on just the color pink. Peonies come in white, ivory, blush pink, medium pink, monochromatic pink, coral, burgundy red, cranberry red, and some more! With this wide-ranged palette, the peony can debut solo, or be arranged with other gleaming flowers to create a different look. The white and ivory peonies open doors to the possibility of adding any other color besides pink in your wedding.
This was Anastasia & Michael’s bouquet from their wedding. It is almost fully adorned in peonies, but light coral roses were added in between as a hint for structure and depth. The pink bleeds from the inside of the peony and the color fades lighter to the tip of the petals, creating an impeccable yet subtle contrast with the Anastasia’s dress.
Shot by Michael & Anna Costa Photography and florals designed by Cody Floral Design.
For some more inspiration for peony arrangements, visit this article on Brides.com that curated 30 eclectic bouquets. Let us know about your experience with peonies in your event planning endeavors and where you have find your inspiration!
xx The Magnolia Event Design Team