11 Gorgeous Ways to Incorporate Peonies Into Any Wedding Budget
Odds are, you’ve probably been dreaming of your wedding long since you were a starry-eyed tot with Disney-fied dreams of the perfect gown, the perfect Prince Charming, and a parade of woodland animals in tow to hold your gown's train (naturally). Fast-forward to now, which looks a lot more like sick days spent binge-watching “Say Yes To The Dress,” more hours than we’d like to admit on Pinterest, and Facebook timelines flooded with engagements and weddings every weekend. In a culture where weddings are a way of life, every Southern girl has likely imagined the intricacies of her own Cinderella moment and how she will make it truly unique to herself and her beau.
There are certain “negotiables” every bride has in mind when planning her big day that she wouldn’t mind so much being altered if it came to the benefit of other major “non-negotiables” that would truly make-or-break the day. Certainly, there are opinions on major categories that are generally accepted by brides-to-be. Sit-down dinner vs. a buffet? Negotiable. Open bar vs a signature cocktail? Negotiable. Splurging on a quality photographer? Non-negotiable.
However, every bride has that one item that may not seem life-or-death to anyone else, but God help us all if the best day of our lives exists without it. For myself, it’s peonies. There’s something über-romantic about these lush, rosy blooms that compels me to splurge on them for my apartment whenever I can (who needs bread, anyway?). Being the picture of romance and elegance, peonies have always been a crucial detail in the wedding I've always dreamed of. Realistically speaking, peonies are a bit notorious for falling at a higher price point than other blooms. (And quite unlike Cinderella and her prince, a "budget" isn’t merely a figment of my imagination.) However, I like to think with a little Pinterest-ing, anything is possible for any budget. We consulted the depths of our Pinterest boards to find gorgeous ways to incorporate this highly-admired, feminine flower into your big day in ways both big and small. From masterful centerpieces and draping displays to subtle yet significant touches in your wedding decor and bouquets, we came up with the most breathtaking ways we could imagine to incorporate peonies into your wedding day—no matter your budget.
Peonies on The Bride's Cake
A cost-efficient way to incorporate these stunning blooms is to saturate them all into one place. We love this stunning one-tier bridal cake that proves that sometimes less is more.
Peonies as a Centerpiece
Whether you opt for a single stunning centerpiece or smaller ones scattered throughout your venue, peonies always make a beautiful statement piece. Combining peonies with other flowers may also provide a budget-friendly option to accent without overshadowing them.
Peony Draped Menu
So simple and so gorgeous! We adore this calligraphy-style menu draped with peonies and just the right amount of greenery to accent the punches of pink.
Peony Draped Table Runner
A more extravagant option, choosing loads of lush peonies to drape a table runner will envelop the entire room in its sweet scents. Opt for decking out the bride and groom's table alone to strategize your spending.
Beautiful Bridal Bouquet
The bride’s bouquet should always be the star of the show. So if your budget doesn’t allow you to make a serious splurge on your bridesmaids’ bouquets, this is the place to invest in a picture-perfect peony bouquet.
Peony Place Settings
Perhaps the most cost-efficient way to help incorporate peonies throughout your rehearsal dinner or reception is to place a single bright peony at each place setting to make a simple stunning statement.
Arch of Peonies
Talk about living out our Pinterest dreams! We can’t get enough of these extravagant arches that are sweeping the wedding scene lately. No matter what style strikes your fancy, a single, lavish corner of peonies among an arch of greenery can be just as effective as an arch full of them.
Peony-Draped Getaway Car
This peony-draped getaway car as just about as sweet as it gets. This goes to show that even just a few bold blooms can make every bit of a statement you could wish for.
Make Your Own Summer Wedding Bouquet
Forgo an expensive statement by making your own bouquet of blooms in this darling blush-and-bashful color scheme. Join Senior Stylist and expert floral designer Buffy Hargett to put together a dreamy wedding bouquet that you'll want to show off. This DIY wedding project looks complex, but pulling together your own arrangement actually isn't too challenging. All you'll need to get started is your favorite flowers. In this summer-inspired bouquet, Buffy's started with beautiful white O'Hara roses. She's added in some scabiosa, criss-crossing stems as she's grouped loosely in her hand. She also added in white mini callas, a large peony as a focal point, some wispy hydrangea for texture, and a gorgeous grouping of silver dollar eucalyptus. Polish off your bouquet with some pretty silk ribbon and a few decorative floral pins. No one will know that you made your bouquet yourself, because the finished product is pretty and elegant. Here's one DIY you won't want to toss!
A Floral Bridal Updo
No matter your bridal style, a peony-adorned up-do is chic and oh-so-romantic. Though flower crowns can be beautiful when tastefully done, a single lush bloom looks just as beautiful tucked into a bun.
Incorporate peonies into the groomsmen’s boutonnieres to give them some serious wedding style. These need not be over-the-top and will look perfect in group photos.
This swoon-worthy splurge is truly what dreams are made of. We can already imagine twirling the night away under this lush overhanging. A single statement piece in the center of the reception is well worth the investment, in our opinion.