Who doesn’t love peonies? It’s one of our most popular flowers for both gifts and events. They are just so gorgeous with their lush petals and beautiful colors. The downside is that they are not the cheapest flower to buy, but that should not deter you from having them for your wedding or event! You don’t need to have hundreds of peonies for your wedding (though of course that would be AMAZING!). We show you an easy budget friendly peony centerpiece that incorporates these beautiful blooms in a way that won’t break the bank!
So, what’s the key to an easy budget friendly peony centerpiece? It’s making the most of just a single bloom in each arrangement! When paired with the right flowers, you can create a centerpiece where you won’t even notice there is only ONE peony!
Easy Budget Friendly Peony Centerpiece DIY
The “ingredients” to our easy budget friendly peony centerpiece:
- 1 peony (we used a hot pink peony)
- 4-5 roses or garden roses (we used a mix in light to hot pink colors)
- 4-5 ranunculus (we used pink and white)
- 3-4 greens (we used hosta leaves, but any greenery would work)
You can easily order all of these flowers on our site. You can buy as little as 10 stems of peonies and our garden roses and ranunculus package or our rose and ranunculus package is great for putting this DIY together. If you have to make a larger number of centerpieces, then you can order all these flowers in bulk (just use the links provided above).
Step 1: Hydrate flowers
Before arranging, you always want to work with flowers that are fully hydrated. If you order flowers from us, you’ll see that for most flower types, we typically recommend getting the flowers delivered 2 days before your event date. So if you’re having a Saturday wedding, that means getting flowers delivered on Thursday. This gives you plenty of time to allow the flowers to sit in water and open up more, especially peonies since they arrive in bud form.
For peonies, you should prep them following our peony care and handling guide. For the other flowers, you can also read our rose and garden rose care tips and our ranunculus care and handling tips so you know exactly how to care for each flower type.
Step 2: Prep blooms
For me, it’s helpful to have all my flowers prepped and laid out on my workspace so that everything is ready to go. That means, removing any thorns from the roses and cleaning up stems by removing foliage that would sit under the water line.
For ranunculus, these oftentimes arrive with offshoot buds that don’t bloom. If you don’t like the look of them, these can be gently pulled off from the main stem.
Step 3: Begin arranging flowers
Make sure you’re using a clean vase that is filled with clean room temperature water. The vase we’re using in this centerpiece is a simple rectangular glass vase (4” x 3” x 6”). These are generally inexpensive and can be easily found in craft and floral supply stores or online.
To start, I like setting my focal bloom (the peony) in the vase and building the centerpiece from there. Always cut stems at a diagonal and the bloom should sit about 2 inches from the top edge of the vase.
Start adding in the greens and roses nesting them around the peony bloom.
Where there are pockets of space, tuck in ranunculus to fill in the gaps between the other larger flowers.
Step 4: Marvel at how easy that was and admire your work!
Once the centerpiece is all filled in, you’re done! It really is an easy budget friendly peony centerpiece! If you have experience flower arranging, creating a centerpiece like this won’t take much time at all. That will come handy if you need to arrange a lot of centerpieces for a large reception. And if you’re a novice, it’s still easy to put a centerpiece like this together. As you can see, it really makes use of that one peony bloom!
This centerpiece covers a size of approximately 7-8” across and 6-7” deep. If you wanted a larger centerpiece or if you’re using a wider vase, then you’ll need to add more stems to fill in the larger area. You can still keep it cost effective by using more greens, roses and ranunculus and/or upping to 2 stems of peonies per centerpiece.
You can see that you don’t need to be dripping in peonies to have gorgeous centerpieces. The simple combination of these three flower types plus a little greenery goes a long way! And by really maximizing the use of just one peony, you don’t need to buy a lot of peonies which definitely makes this budget friendly!
And if pink is not your color palette, you can create a similar arrangement in a different color scheme. Mix a white peony with yellow and white roses or a coral peony with orange and red blooms. The steps would be exactly the same so it’s easy to tailor this to fit the colors that you want! Check out our entire peony collection and the best time of year when you’ll have the most color options will be during the spring season.
If you have any questions or need help choosing the right mix of flowers for your wedding or event, just drop us a line. We are always happy to help!