It’s June and the summer wedding season is upon us! When it comes to wedding orders, our most popular flowers are peonies and David Austin garden roses. There’s no question about why people love these flowers so much and the colors and ruffled petals just make us swoon!
I’m going to show you how easy it is to create a peonies and David Austin garden roses bridal bouquet. The arrangement is also great for creating bridal shower arrangements or centerpieces for a baby shower or really any type of event. We also make it easy to buy all the flowers you need our all in one Peonies and David Austin Garden Roses Package, but we break down of the recipe for one bouquet:
The “ingredients” to our peonies and David Austin garden roses bouquet:
- 3 stems pink peonies
- 5 stems David Austin garden roses (we used Juliet and Keira)
- 5-6 stems of greens (we used olive branches and silver dollar eucalyptus)
You’ll want to start with flowers that are fully hydrated. Peonies arrive in bud form and typically need 1-3 days to bloom (see our post to get all our peony care tips). Garden roses also arrive in a closed bloom stage and they also need at least 1 day to fully hydrate and open up more (read more in our post about garden rose care tips).
Before arranging, I like to prep all my stems. That means removing foliage from the flower stems so they don’t get in the way as you arrange.
I also trim off any thorns from the roses (I don’t recommend using a metal thorn stripper because this can strip off some of the outer layer of the stem and it makes the bloom more susceptible to bacteria growth.)
For the garden roses, you may also need to gently pull off any guard petals. These are the outer petals that are often shorter and sometimes a little rougher looking. These are usually left on because they help protect the main rose bloom during the shipping process.
For the greens, you may need to do a little trimming to get appropriate sized branches or stems to use in your bouquet. For example, olive branches can have offshoots that are better trimmed off so they are easier to work with. You’ll also want to remove any leaves from the lower part of the stem which will make it easier to arrange the bouquet.
Once you’ve hydrated and prepped all your flowers and greens, we can start creating a peonies and David Austin garden roses bridal bouquet! To being, I like to start with a focal flower, like a pink peony in this case.
Then you can start to build around it by placing garden roses next.
Then continue to add peonies and tuck in stems of greens in between the blooms. You may need to adjust and gently pull blooms up or down to get the bouquet shape that you want.
Once you’re happy with the bouquet, use floral tape to secure everything together and give the stems an even trim. I like to leave an extra inch so that the bouquet can easily sit in a water filled vase. You can then trim off the wet ends right before the wedding ceremony.
To cover up the floral tape, use your choice of ribbon or wrap around the stems and that’s all there is to it to create a beautiful peonies and David Austin bridal bouquet!
The size of this particular bouquet measures about 9 to 10 inches across. The bouquet size will vary depending on the size of your flowers. Some peony varieties can be larger than others and if you want a much larger sized bridal bouquet, you can use a few more stems of peonies and garden roses to increase the size. And if you want to make smaller matching bridesmaid bouquets, you can use only 1-2 peonies and 3-4 garden roses for smaller sized bouquets.
Our Peonies and David Austin Garden Roses package will provide all the flowers and greens you need to make around 6-8 bouquets in a similar size that we’ve shown in this tutorial. Of course if you have any questions, just drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help!
Stay tuned for more tutorials this summer as we show you how easy it can be to make your own DIY bouquets and centerpieces!