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The Best Flowers for your Wedding: The Peony

J. Morris Flowers

Planning your dream wedding is an exciting journey, but it also comes with a lot of decisions that need to be made.

One of the most important decisions to make is picking the flowers that will create the perfect atmosphere and bring your wedding vision to life. If you’re looking for beautiful blooms that are sure to impress, look no further than peonies.

These large show-stopping (focal flower) beauties come in a variety of colors making them an excellent choice for any late spring or early summer design you might have envisioned. We’ll explore why peonies are some of the best flowers for weddings and how you can incorporate them into your special day.

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The Peony

Perfect for weddings and other special occasions, peonies are a stunning flower choice with two types: single-petal or double. The double petal is the most popular selection for its abundant layers of petals.

Peony blooms typically last between seven to ten days in a variety of vibrant hues including white, pink, red, yellow, fuchsia coral and more!

The History of the Peony is a Long and Interesting one

Peonies have a long and interesting history dating back thousands of years. The first recorded mention of peonies was in China in the 8th century BC, where they were considered symbols of wealth and prosperity. They soon spread to other parts of the world, and by the 1st century AD, peonies were being grown in Europe.

Peonies are particularly popular in Japan, where they are considered symbols of purity and innocence. There is even a legend that tells the story of a princess who was turned into a peony after she died. Peonies are also associated with springtime, making them popular gifts for Mother's Day and spring weddings.

Today, peonies remain popular garden plants, and their beautiful blooms can be found in gardens all over the world.

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How to Incorporate Peonies into your Special Day

Here are a few ideas for incorporating peonies into your wedding:

  1. Use peonies as the main flower in your bouquets: Peonies come in a variety of colors, so you can choose the hue that best matches your wedding theme.
  2. Create a peony-filled centerpiece for your reception tables: Place a few large peonies in a vase or use a variety of smaller peonies to create a lush, romantic arrangement.
  3. Place some in your ceremony arrangements or arch: Peonies can be added to your wedding arch or backdrop for a stunning effect.
  4. Use a single bloom on a cocktail table: A single large bloom can make a dramatic impact.
  5. Add a couple to your cake: A couple of peonies added to the top of your wedding cake adds a feminine touch and floral beauty. Just be sure not to eat the peonies.
  6. Include peonies in your wedding stationery: Use peonies as a motif on your invitations, place cards, and thank you cards.

Peonies are beautiful, feminine, and timeless flowers that have been used in gardens, landscapes, and special occasions for thousands of years.

These vintage and frilly blooms come in a variety of colors which makes them an ideal option for a timeless wedding look. Incorporating this focal flower into your special day is sure to make lasting memories.


J.Morris Flowers is one of Virginia’s premiere floral designers. We specialize in creating magazine-worthy arrangements that are sure to wow your guests and create memories for a lifetime. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your wedding vision come to life.