Get to Know a Flower: Peonies


What bride doesn’t love peonies!? They are a beautiful, fragrant, truly an effortless flower and one of my favorites too! :) They are gorgeous designed with other pretty florals and they are naturally stunning on their own. Big thanks to Janie of The Bride’s Café for sharing some easy Peony DIY inspiration with us today! From Janie: For a bride who wishes to DIY her wedding flowers, peonies are a perfect choice – you can place single stems in a cute vessel of choice or you can easily group 4-5 stems together for a sweet bouquet. These beautiful blooms will definitely brighten up your reception or dinner table with their vibrant yellow centers!

An excellent source for purchasing beautiful peonies for your wedding day is Fifty They provided the pink peonies for the shoot and they are a great source for all the beautiful types of peonies which come in a variety of colors – white, blush pink, hot pink, burgundy red, coral and yellow.


DIY pink peony tabletop

Peony Conditioning Tip: Cut peony stems on an angle and scrape the bottom 2 inches of the stem. Place the peonies in warm water with flower preservative for a few hours before arranging them in your final vase of choice.

DIY pink peony tabletop

peony invitation

Add other defining elements to the table with pops of color in the napkins and candles and don’t forget to finish the look with pretty paper items. Here, we added beautiful menu and name cards designed by Kristy Rice of Momental Designs. Kristy designs the most beautiful hand painted wedding stationery. This collection is perfectly named the Trellis, a new pattern from Envelopments using Kristy’s signature watercolors. Contrast painting technique where each are painted in light inks against richer stocks a textured finish.

peony invitation

peony wedding cake

photographer: Amelia Johnson Photography // florals: The Bride’s Café and JMFlora Design // wedding stationery: Momental Designs // stylist: Dana FitzGerald // flowers: Fifty Flowers – find lots of peonies on Fifty Flowers!

The pink peonies used in the DIY above are also known as the Sarah Bernhardt Peony. Right now, you can get the white, pink, coral, and red (mangenta) from the markets in CA and NY. It really depends on where the buyers are getting them from. Some florists will be able to get peonies throughout the year. Since it really depends on where you live and your florist, check with them to see if they are available for your wedding date.

I also LOVE bouquets with peonies! Whether they are hot pink peonies, soft + romantic pink and white peonies, or a mix with tree peonies (love these as seen in bouquets 10 + 13!), peonies in a bouquet are just so beautiful. Here are a collection of some of my most favorite peony bouquets I found online!


1. Oak and the Owl Interior and Floral Design Studio // 2. Matthew Robbins Design // 3.Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers // 4. AvaFlora // 5. Elizabeth Messina


6. KT Merry // 7. Garden District seen in this wedding on GWS // 8. Elizabeth Messina // 9. Dawn at Soiree Floral as seen in this Peony Filled Wedding // 10. A Simple Ceremony


11. Charleston Stems // 12. Pollen Floral Art // 13. La Fleuriste // 14. Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Will you be using peonies in your wedding bouquet or day? I’d love to hear how you are using them in the comments! :)

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  1. I recently fell in love with peonies while I was researching flowers for our wedding for next summer. It only takes a few to fill out a bouquet or vase and their colors just pop:) I decided the bright pinks and whites would be a great contrast with our other wedding colors (coal and jadeite).

  2. This is such a beautiful post. Thank you for the lovely feature. If I had my wedding to do over again I would have gone with peony overload; peony garlands dangling over the tables, peony invitations, and a peony in my hair. I also would have asked everyone to come dressed in peony pink so the guests could be a part of the decor.

  3. I love peonies…such a great post! So many of my brides request them…and it’s easy to see why!

  4. These photographs of peonies are purely phenomenal!

  5. Jessica Marschall on:

    Beautiful photography as usual Amelia Johnson. The colors captured rivet the eyes and senses! You should head to Rosendale, Wisconsin this weekend for their annual Peony festival in their “World Famous” gardens. I especially loved your shots of the peony cake toppers!

  6. I get lost in all the petals and ruffles of the peony. Such a joyful flower to paint! Thanks Jen for including the stationery! XO

  7. I have a bride who loves peonies and would loves these ideas!

  8. Peonies are my favourite flowers :)

  9. What a gorgeous blog post showcasing one of my favourite flowers!

    I’ve always loved peonies but this week at the flower market in London I bought some coral ones.

    I couldn’t believe how such small flower heads could open up into such amazingly large blooms…visitors to our house this week have all commented on them…

  10. Peonies are one of my favourite flowers. They are so soft and lovely. My favourite are the pastel pinks.

  11. Wow.. few of these are just outstanding ideas.. really beautiful.. Great ideas and inspirational ♥

  12. Those are some lovely peony wedding photos you have there!

  13. Anyone knows how to make a bouquet like #8 where the peonies aren’t opened all the way?

  14. Those are some lovely peony wedding photos you have there. The hot pink peonies are my favorite.

  15. Those are some lovely peony wedding photos you have there.


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