Mock-up Bouquet

Even though I wish I could take the risk of making my own fresh flower bouquet for the wedding, I thought it would be best to hire a professional. That way I won’t have extra stress the day of and that’s a good thing.

For my flowers I wanted something fluffy… basically that’s the definition of peonies. They are my ultimate favorite bloom and I love big and full bodied flowers. This inspiration of bouquets is pretty much what I am going for.

Via : Faye and Greer Blog

The only issue is that in June peonies aren’t in bloom, but luckily my florist did an awesome job and found a supplier. I also really like ranunculus since they look like a mini version of a peony. I thought it would look nice to have the two in my bouquet all in ivory tones. I’m not a fan of greenery so there will be very little or none in my bouquet.

My florist was kind enough to include a bouquet mock up at no extra charge. I got a call yesterday and the flowers came in… I was soooo excited. Here is the mock up:

The peonies were actually really small and closed, so I told my florist that I wanted them to be open and as big as possible. I didn’t really like the leaves in the actual bouquet, but she explained that because the flowers were quite small she needed something to make it a little bigger.

Then I thought, I could maybe make bouquet jewels as a filler and for the extra glam. I also would like to have a unique / stylish bouquet handle, but I still have to figure out what I want.

Do you like it? On a side note, is anyone else out there not a greenery lover?


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    corn 1130 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:32 am

    I’m totally with you on the no. greenery.

    And sometimes it is just so hard to get that point across.

    If you were closer, the peonies in my yard are still tight little green balls. My guess is they won’t bloom until June 😉

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    sally, Guest @ 10:47 am

    I love the green. I just do not like those wispy green string things on the outside. The leaves are nice and add a fullness. But as stated above they are not in bloom until mid june i think and then you can have the huge pom pom like ones.

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    KateMW 2704 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:48 am

    I like the leaves on there. But, I love green and white together. Now, I might take out the grass loops, but besides that it’s beautiful!

    I just bought some beautiful peonies that are the prettiest shade of coral. I’ve also ordered some for a party I’m having next Saturday and the wholesale florist said he’s going to have them for a couple of more weeks. As far as seasons go on flowers, a friend carried peonies in October…they just had to get them from Israel. I’m sure they cost the Earth, but if you really want them it can be done.

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    flamingo 1365 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:51 am

    I agree with the grass loops…im going to take those out…
    But I will check out my flowers the day before the wedding… they might actually be really big and fluffly like I like them…

    Still… in the mock-up you dont even see she put ivory Ranunculus since the peonies are the same size practically…
    I think it will be beautiful… I cant wait.

    Thanks for the feedback… :)

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    Emily, Guest @ 10:55 am

    Totally agree on the greenery, I want an all white bouquet as well. I was going to suggest she add some Ranunculus as filler since they have a similar look, maybe she could replace the greens with more of it to fill it up. You can’t really even see them and they’re just as beautiful as peonies. Otherwise I LOVE the bouquet!

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    Stephanie, Guest @ 11:09 am

    Not a fan of greenery! We do have some green accents in the wedding, so my florist is putting some mini green hydrangeas in the bouquets to pick up that color. Aside from the hydrangeas, we’re using leonidas roses and mango calla lilies.

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    MsAnge 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:23 am

    How are you planning on doing the bouquet jewels? I want to do something like that for my bouquet. I haven’t done much searching yet, but the only thing that’s popped into my head is gluing jewels to the ends of flower picks? Is there another way to go about it?

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    flamingo 1365 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:30 am

    @MsAnge: I will be using jewelry wire and beading the wire to something I like.
    Search the web for ideas… but I should post about it shortly… well once I do them. 😉

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    danielle, Guest @ 11:49 am

    Just a little note for any DIY bouquet brides experiencing “shy” closed peonies…. it is a good idea to get these flowers freshly cut, in water, and settling a good day in advance in order for them to be completely open. The more that you baby them with really cool temperatures, the more difficult it will be to coax them along. If you find yourself getting down to the wire and still closed blooms- then try freshly cutting the stem and placing in a glass of warm water.

    Miss Flamingo- I agree that the greenery really helps to fill this bouquet out… but should your blooms be- well- bloomed… and full for the wedding then I think that the greenery will not be necessary to give you this effect.

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    NearlyMsSubrosa 288 posts, Helper bee @ 12:06 pm

    I’m not big on the greenery either. But then I like it simple :)

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:10 pm

    I think with the changes you are planning to make your bouquet is going to be GORG!
    I can’t wait to see pic of the finish product.

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    Miss Scarlet, Guest @ 12:19 pm

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I love the greenery. It just looks so fresh to me. I will say I’m glad you’re scrapping the grass loops, but other than that I think the greenery fills out the bouquet and makes it look more alive even if the blooms aren’t quite as fluffy as you might like.

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    mnwedding08, Guest @ 12:36 pm

    I love your ideas for a bridal bouquet! Have you ever seen knottie springchic’s bridal bouquet? It sounds similar to what you’re describing with peonies and ranunculus. Here’s a link to a photo of her bouquet in case you’re interested in looking at it:

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    mnwedding08, Guest @ 12:38 pm

    The link I posted didn’t work for me so here’s another link that’ll hopefully work this time:

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    GorgesViola 348 posts, Helper bee @ 12:38 pm

    This is seriously the one color thing I’m compulsive about, and I know no one will notice! I keep thinking to myself, “but green isn’t one of our colors!” Never mind that the men are wearing different colored dark suits (my choice). And there will be views of outside with lots of fall colors, and a lake (not our colors). And, um, I have black hair and Mr.GV has brown hair (not our colors). (OK, I’m stretching it here.) But greenery? Ack! Everyone will notice it’s not in the scheme! I just keep telling myself that greenery is like jeans… it goes with everything. :-)

    I do understand that you don’t like having it as “filler,” though – I think peonies look so beautiful when they’re all clustered together in a big puff.

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    GetMarried4Less, Guest @ 12:41 pm

    i dont like the greenery either…otherwise, this is a very beautiful bouquet.

    i’ve told my florist as llittle greenery as possible in the bouquets. i dont want a leaf of it it my own. no babysbreath either. i dont like it mixed in with flowers. i prefer it on its own….

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    rzblna 303 posts, Helper bee @ 1:47 pm

    I love the greenery, it makes the white look whiter. But it’s your personal preference that matters.

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    tulip 662 posts, Busy bee @ 3:48 pm

    Gorgeous! In fact, it looks almost exactly like the “dream bouquet” photo that I saved at the start of our wedding process….

    And count me into the loops-no-but-greenery-yes camp. As long as the green would match the overall colors/feel of your wedding.

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    Kate, Guest @ 3:16 pm

    I love the way she used the grass to create a nice surround!

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    Rebecca, Guest @ 5:17 pm

    Yup, have to agree. Too much bright green. Definetley take out the grass loops. Looks dated.

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    CharlestonBride 54 posts, Worker bee @ 11:21 am

    (sorry to post so late, I’ve been out of town and am catching up!)
    I am anti-greenery too, and sadly peonies are not an option in October :( My florist is using ivory hydrangeas to fill out the bouquet. IF your peonies don’t open up by then (I’ll keep my fingers crossed!) then you might like the look of the hydrangeas instead.

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    Flower Bouquet Decorations » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 9:25 am

    […] thank everyone for your suggestions regarding my bridal bouquet. I will indeed remove the bear grass loops - I agree. it takes away from the beauty of the […]

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    NicksGirl 3 posts, Wannabee @ 11:23 pm

    What do you think about having a collar of greens? Scented geranium would be nice as it smells great and wound stand out so much because it is a duller green.

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