In the image of the bride, as in the wedding day as a whole, there can be no trifles. Every detail of the holiday should reflect the essence of the relationship of the young, be combined with other elements, emphasize the character of the bride. That is why the choice of a wedding bouquet should be approached responsibly, not leaving it to the last day and not relying on the taste of the groom.
Meaning of colors
Peonies relatively recently began to be used in wedding bouquets and decoration of the celebration venue, quickly gaining popularity. Still — they look elegant and aristocratically luxurious.
Interestingly, in many countries, peonies have long been considered “wedding” flowers.
In Greece, their presence was obligatory in the wedding decor and the bride’s bouquet, because there they symbolize a long and happy family life. In Japan, these flowers in a wedding bouquet promise a couple many healthy offspring.
The Russian mentality and the language of flowers (as you know, it may differ in each country) allows us to talk about peonies as flowers symbolizing the sun, purity of thoughts, prosperity. It is no coincidence that it is included in wedding bouquets, because depending on the color, peonies can symbolize tenderness, purity, passionate and romantic love, respect, prosperity, joy of life.
Advantages and disadvantages
Among the advantages — the noble appearance of peonies, a wide variety of shades. They go well with other flowers and plants, allow you to collect a bouquet in almost any style. However, even mono-bouquets of peonies (that is, without the use of other flowers and plants) look stylish and noble. Periodically, it is monobouquets that become the trend of wedding fashion.
The following characteristic can be presented both as an advantage and as a disadvantage. Peonies are seasonal flowers that bloom in June and early July. That is, only some of the summer brides can include them in their bouquet. Agree, this can be regarded as the exclusivity of the composition.
Today, some florist shops offer peony delivery not only in summer. It is important to remember here that even if you managed to get peonies in winter, these plants are thermophilic, they are unlikely to survive a photo shoot on a January day. As an option, such “out-of-season” flowers can only be used indoors.
The “plus” of peonies, when it comes to buying them during the flowering season, in our country is availability. You can buy flowers from summer residents or grow them in your own backyard. Considering that peonies look good even in mono-bouquets, you do not need to be a professional florist to create a concise holiday composition.
One of the main advantages of peonies is durability. In water, they retain their beauty and freshness for up to 2–2.5 weeks. But even if your bouquet does not have a special cone with water, it will retain its original appearance throughout the day. In addition to the ability of peonies to do without water for almost a whole day, it is worth noting their resistance to some damage and adverse factors. Flowers will not wilt under the sun’s rays, and strong stems will prevent crushing and will not break.
Finally, the flowers have a pleasant aroma, however, very light, barely perceptible.
In other words, it brings pleasure, not a headache due to excessive intensity.
Which brides are suitable
To create a harmonious wedding bouquet, it is not enough to decide on the type of flowers, dimensions and color scheme of the composition. You should choose the shape of the latter, making sure that it is combined with the complexion of the bride, the style of the dress.
A number of the most popular forms of wedding peony bouquets stand out.
- Ball or round bouquet. One of the most popular, fashionable and fairly versatile forms. Usually, incompletely opened inflorescences and buds are used, placed in a composition in a spiral. The middle part of the bouquet is usually formed by lush blooming flowers. It is fluffy terry peonies that make it possible to achieve the perfect ball, and hydrangeas, ranunculi, various small inflorescences, buds, greenery, and decor can fill in possible voids. Compositions of this form look harmoniously with a classic puffy dress. Due to their roundness and short stems, these bouquets are suitable for both slender girls and puffy brides.
- Hemisphere. The shape of such a bouquet is close to that described above, but the lower part of the composition is not laid out with flowers. The stems of peonies here perform an almost equivalent function as inflorescences. They allow you to achieve a beautiful and well-defined hemisphere. A hemisphere bouquet is universal and looks harmonious with most styles. The only remark is that petite fragile girls should not choose large and too voluminous compositions. However, this rule should be followed when choosing a bouquet of any shape.
- Structural bouquet. This name hides the composition, which is given one form or another. About 10–12 years ago, heart-shaped structural bouquets were at the peak of popularity. Peonies are great for creating them, but today the naturalness, slight negligence of the bouquet is more respected. In this regard, most florists recommend abandoning structural bouquets or choosing more abstract, unhackneyed shapes.
- Cascade. Such a bouquet is also called falling. Its upper part usually represents a hemisphere (perhaps indistinctly expressed) and is assembled from large blossoming pions. In the lower part, the bouquet seems to lengthen, the used inflorescences become smaller and form a falling part of the composition.
Cascading bouquets are recommended for slender tall brides in tight dresses.
Cascades seem to be made for boho-style weddings. But against the background of the usual lush outfits, the cascading bouquet is lost. You should not dwell on them even if the dress has a train or a long veil acts as such. Attention will be dissipated, neither a train nor a cascading bouquet will produce the desired effect.
Another popular form of peony bouquet is called tussy-mousse, which means tiny arrangement. As a rule, such bouquets are distinguished by sophistication and naturalness. They fit both a short laconic dress and a traditional puffy one.
Peonies look gentle and romantic, so they should be chosen for classic celebrations, exquisite boho-premiums, rustic weddings. Maximum naturalness in the image is the best addition to the peony composition. They do not accept huge and complex towers of hair on their heads, frilly dresses and makeup.
If a bride chooses peonies as a wedding bouquet, especially white or pink ones, this speaks of her romance, inspiration, perhaps a little naivety, and in any case, openness to the world and people. Extravagant ladies usually prefer peonies of purple and lilac flowers, and to soften their bold sound, they complement them with pink or white inflorescences.
Self-confident women who love to be the center of attention usually choose red or burgundy peonies. Often such flowers are the choice of women with a strong character or in leadership positions.
Thanks to the splendor and charm of peonies, they are great for creating mono-bouquets, without even requiring a lot of decor or greenery. Pink peonies will help to emphasize the romance and sublimity of the young lady.
If you are an adherent of classic solutions and think that the bride’s bouquet should be white, choose just such peonies — a win-win option. But here you need to think about how to avoid merging a white bouquet and a snow-white dress. You can add greenery to the flowers or take a bright decor.
White peonies, as you know, also symbolize the purity and purity of the bride. This value can be emphasized by making a bouquet of unblown inflorescences. However, you can take the formed flowers, supplementing them with half-blown peonies and buds.
White peonies can be used not only at classic celebrations, but also at black and white weddings, at retro style celebrations.
Instead of white, stylists recommend using a beige bouquet, as it goes better with both snow-white dresses and ivory outfits. And also white flowers can be included in pink, peach, red bouquets.
Pink peonies are also a kind of classic wedding floristry. In the language of flowers, they symbolize tenderness, romantic relationships, touching love. Pink flowers look best on a darker background. The bride can choose in combination with them dresses of champagne, ivory, pink (but darker than the shade of the flowers). In combination with a traditional white dress, a bouquet of pink “fluffies” will look especially touching.
Noble red and burgundy peonies symbolize a deep feeling, passion. They can become accents at a classic wedding (in white and light shades) or at colorful celebrations where the base color is red or burgundy.
Passionate and purposeful couples should choose lilac and purple peonies for wedding decoration. They also symbolize deep feeling, devotion, respect. As a rule, florists combine darker purple flowers and delicate lilac, pink, and white flowers in one bouquet. It is important to remember that there should be few bright accents. It is enough to take 2–3 dark purple peonies and start surrounding them with calmer and lighter “brothers”.
Purple may not be the only shade in such a bouquet, but complemented by coral, burgundy inflorescences, bright green leaves.
If you want brightness and energy — collect a mono-bouquet of multi-colored peonies. Nature is so wise that you don’t have to build any complex color combinations — all shades of peonies go well with each other in any combination.
Combinations with other colors
Peonies go great with roses. The latter can be classic or bush, in any case, the result will be an infinitely delicate composition. To do this, florists recommend combining flowers of the same range. If you want brightness, then you can include several bright (red, dark pink, burgundy) roses in a bouquet of light peonies.
A bouquet of roses and peonies is usually chosen by young brides. Among its advantages is versatility, it fits any dress and style of celebration.
If you use classic roses, the bouquet will turn out to be more luxurious, if you use bush roses — delicate, airy.
The use of peony roses will help add structure, since they, although similar to peonies in their fluffiness, still have a different structure. This is revealed precisely when matching colors. Such a bouquet will attract the attention of guests and will demonstrate the subtlety of the bride’s taste.
Hydrangeas will help to emphasize the tenderness and romance of the bride, as well as give texture and additional volume to a bouquet of peonies. The most popular shades of such a bouquet with hydrangea are white-pink, white-blue, pink-lilac.
Another popular “additive” to a peony bouquet is freesia. As with roses, you can choose freesias in bright or delicate shades. Freesias symbolize tenderness, trust in their chosen one.
Young and romantic young ladies can include forget-me-nots in a bouquet of peonies. Finding them will not be easy, but if you can do it, the bouquet will be unique. Small flowers perfectly complement the voids between the peony “balls” and diversify their splendor, terryness. In a word, structured compositions will be added.
Peony bouquets with forget-me-nots are especially good if the theme of the wedding is boho style. Their lilac-blue hue is also suitable for a color celebration in this range. In this case, it is better to combine forget-me-nots with white peonies.
Another flower that is traditionally used in weddings is orchids. It is best to include it in your bouquet for mature brides, because it symbolizes not only family happiness, but also female wisdom, beauty and energy of an adult woman.
The shade of orchids can be taken to match the peonies, creating an almost mono-bouquet, or make them bright accents against the background of peonies that are calmer in color.
No less exquisite will be a bouquet of peonies and callas. The latter are still rarely used in our country, but these flowers remain fresh for a long time and also symbolize tenderness and purity, they promise a happy family life.
To get a lush flower ball, they resort to a combination of peonies and ranunculus. The latter fill the voids between the peonies, making the bouquet more tender and innocent.
Unusual inclusions in the wedding bouquet are becoming increasingly popular. These include succulents, cotton bolls.
Compositions with succulents look original, plants add texture or splendor and at the same time do without water for a long time.
Peonies are self-sufficient flowers and an excess of decor can not emphasize, but destroy their beauty, cause the bride to be accused of bad taste. Since peonies are always associated with naturalness and elegant simplicity, the best decor will be one that combines minimalism and naturalness.
First of all, small buds can be considered as decoration., greens with small carved leaves. Almost all shades of peonies are well emphasized by eucalyptus, succulents with their greenish-gray leaves.
Round and spherical compositions are usually complemented with satin ribbons. To decorate the stems, you can take a wide ribbon to match the stems or the main color of the composition. Natural branches (you can weave various additions, packaging for a bouquet from a vine), ears of corn, sunflower flowers — all this can become a decor for a laconic and democratic peony bouquet.
For a more rigorous composition, it is better to take the satin ribbons mentioned above, a floral net, greenery, and small pearls.
An unusual combination can be obtained if berries and fruits are used as decor. They can be natural or artificial. Miniature apples, pears will complement the autumn bouquet. As a rule, they are strung on skewers and included in the body of the composition. Artificial varieties are simply attached to the stems with floral wire. For winter bouquets, crystallized, as if covered with hoarfrost, berries and fruits are usually taken.
Among the favorites of florists, one can single out sea buckthorn, mountain ash, white mistletoe, red hollies. Separately, it is worth mentioning the greenery, which will successfully emphasize the peony bouquet. Firstly, these are the peony’s own leaves. Secondly, greens with large and rather dense leaves that emphasize the nobility and luxury of flowers. These are aspidistra, fern, monstera, ruskus, salal. To create lush and airy compositions, asparagus, bergras, gypsophila are used.
Tips from stylists and florists
Wedding stylists and florists unanimously say that the bouquet is a continuation of the image of the bride, so its shade and shape should match the type of girl, the chosen dress, hairstyle, and the general style of the celebration.
A classic white dress will look good in combination with pink, red, burgundy peonies. Monochrome white compositions will be lost against the background of the dress. You should not combine them with an ivory-colored outfit, champagne.
In contrast with the snow-white flowers, the dress will look stale.
White peonies are generally quite capricious. They are best combined with other shades or selected for colored dresses — blue, pink, red. For bright wedding dresses, snow-white peonies are especially good, because they help to balance the saturation of shades.
Now there is a trend towards maximum naturalness, so the bride’s bouquet should refrain from an abundance of wrapping paper, film. Bouquets in the form of a ball or a hemisphere are recommended to be decorated with satin ribbons. Various brooches and small figures of birds, butterflies in bouquets have sunk into the past, wooden and plastic toppings should also not be added to the wedding composition. But it is very necessary to use fruits, berries, garden greens, especially when it comes to seasonal bouquets.