I absolutely love peonies and think they should be used whenever possible! There are several things that make them great flowers, but the best thing is they can be purchased locally—or even grown in your own yard!
Peonies bloom mid to late May through early June in this area. I have spent the last two years perfecting my harvesting method for peonies. I have found if you cut them from the plant at the right stage, you can hold them in a cooler for as long as 6 weeks! I have read other sources saying they will hold for 8+ weeks—but that is yet to be tested. 🙂
Once the peonies have bloomed out, they are somewhat delicate and do require special care. If you plan on using your own peonies, I would contact a florist to make sure you get the most life out of your flowers! AND I would always have a back-up plan in mind because Mother Nature is often unpredictable.
If you are looking for a great bouquet flower in a white or pink shade, peonies are certainly a flower to consider. Even if you do not have a local source, peonies are well-worth what you pay for them. In my opinion, the scent of a peony adds the perfect fragrance to a bouquet. It is not as over-powering as other flowers known for their fragrance.
Harvesting peonies from your yard and using them for your wedding is a very easy concept, but I would again like to stress the importance of contacting someone who is familiar with the process. You want to eliminate as much error as possible! If you are not the kind of person who can handle uncertainty, then you might want to stick with ordering your peonies in from a distributor!