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It’s pretty much unanimous that the peony is one of the most beautiful wedding flowers available in the flower market. Unfortunately, they are also known for being pricey. Many couples who dream of using peonies in their wedding end up having to use another flower to save their budget. The good news is that if you do your own centerpieces you can save a ton of money and still create romantic peony centerpieces at a fraction of the cost. It is pretty simple. Order wholesale flowers online, receive the flowers two days before the wedding, hydrate the flowers the day of arrival, and arrange centerpieces the day before the wedding with your bridesmaids and family! Read on for step by step instructions for making these centerpieces.

 Flowers You Need 2

 Flowers You Need

First, order peonies and dusty miller to make romantic centerpieces. We used white, hot pink and red peonies. Plan to order 8 peonies per centerpiece if you would like the size in this tutorial. If you want a smaller centerpiece plan to order 5 peonies per centerpiece.  Each centerpiece uses about ¼ of a bunch of dusty miller. Large flowers like the peony, hydrangea, garden roses, and football mums are easy to use because they take up enough room to only need a few stems in each arrangement.

What you Need

There are very few supplies needed to make this simple arrangement. First, purchase a vase. This vintage-style tin vase is perfect for the romantic style of the peony. Second, this vase calls for some floral foam; floral foam requires a smaller amount of flowers and will create a more balanced shape.  Cut the foam down to fit inside the vase using a knife. Then, soak the floral foam in water and flower food before inserting into the vase. The scissors are used to cut the flowers stems and prep flowers ahead of time. Learn how properly hydrate and care for flowers before you receive them.

Step 1

Step 2

Press the floral foam into the vase to create a snug fit. The floral foam will continuously hydrate the flowers so it is very important to make sure that it is fully saturated. Do not push floral foam under the water, let the foam sink and soak on its own.


Step 3

Line your vase with your dusty miller or the greens of your choice. This will provide shape and cover the floral foam from plain sight. This is a great rule of thumb for all DIY flower arrangements, using greenery to create shape and line arrangements will add an element of professionalism to each arrangement. Use greenery to cover mechanics like floral foam, wire, or tape.

Step 4

Add a center flower that is large and will provide height. Build the rest of the flowers around this so it acts as a focal point in the arrangement. This is another great rule of thumb, use a large flower and create your arrangement shape by building around a focal flower.

Step 5

Keep color balance in mind when adding flowers.  A great way to balance colors is to create a pattern that is not overly symmetrical. Use balance by adding each color on each side, then start filling in the space while keeping the color rotation you started in mind. Do not make the pattern perfect. It will look over planned and unnatural.

Step 6

Continue to build the arrangement and rotate colors and greens to create a balanced shape. Turn the arrangement often so that all sides are even. Once you feel that you have created a sufficient shape, you are ready to use your centerpiece! It was pretty simple, right!?


Vintage DIY Peony Centerpiece

Things to keep in mind:

  1. You will need to hydrate your flowers properly before making your arrangement.
  2. Using floral scissors rather than kitchen scissors makes a big difference. Kitchen scissors are dull and fray stems, floral scissor have unique sharp ridges designed to cut through stringy flower stems rather than fray them.
  3. Use greenery to cut your costs and cover your mechanics!
  4. If you are not using floral foam inside a tin container you need to create a liner that will hold the water.


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Jessica Bishop is the founder of TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, and author of the best-selling book,The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer. Jessica's expert wedding advice and money-saving tips have been featured by Good Morning America, COSMOPOLITAN, Glamour, and more.