Known in some cultures as the "king of flowers," peonies make a lovely statement in your wedding bouquets and centerpieces. One of the most popular wedding flowers, peonies unfurl from their round shape into sweet, ruffly petals, embodying softness and classic romance. For those of you sensitive to flowers or have flower allergies, the peony is as scented as it is pretty.
The peony has a large, full head, strong perfume, and bright color. But despite this outward showiness, the flower acquired the Victorian meaning "bashfulness." Cultivated in Asia for more than a thousand years and developed further by the French, the peony is available in two main types, the herbaceous and the tree peony (the latter's flowers do not last as long when cut). A bouquet made solely of peonies can be gorgeous; the flower can also be used to create beautiful centerpieces and arrangements. Grown in single- and double-flower styles, this expensive bloom is seasonally available from late spring to early summer but can be imported in the fall.
Whether you want to go pale or bright, the wide array of peony colors can coordinate with your wedding colors. Probably the most often selected shade, though, is pink. Due to the size, you don't need more than a few peonies to fill out a mixed bouquet. Keep in mind that peonies are fairly expensive, so if you love this flower, either expect to spend a little more for your floral budget or just use a few, and fill in with smaller blooms.
Season: spring; imported, scentless variety available in fall and winter
Colors: white, cream, peach, pink, burgundy
Scent: sweet and mild to very aromatic
Meaning: beauty, welcome, bashfulness