I’m already counting down the days until I can go to the Farmer’s Market or Trader Joe’s to pick up a bouquet of peonies. I mean, honestly, is there a better flower out there? Not to pick favorites, but between their gorgeous colors, full shape, and amazing smell, they’re pretty much perfect. And when it comes to wedding flowers, I don’t think there’s anything more romantic than peonies. The fact that they’re only in season a short period of time (typically April-June depending on your area) only adds to their specialness.
Peonies, which are named after Paeon (a student of Asclepius, who was the Greek god of medicine and healing), are also known in China as the”flower of riches and honour,” which is fitting considering they are one of the most expensive wedding flowers you can buy. However, the more you can search for wholesale peonies the better chance you’ll have at finding a good deal. I found wholesale peonies online for May-June weddings at $3.26 per stem for 100 Sarah Bernhardt Pink Peonies, which is actually not bad.(Read more about how much wedding flowers cost here). There is even more GOOD news for brides looking for peonies on a budget: Because peonies are full flowers that make an impact, less can be more. Which means you can potentially cut down on the number you need by getting clever with your flower arrangements. That’s why we went searching for different ways you can display peonies at your wedding, using a lot or a little. Check out a few of our favorite peony wedding moments, below!