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No peonies or dahlias? Try these affordable flower alternatives for your wedding!

Looking for some of your favourite blooms will cost, when they're not in season. Here, Eunice of Heaven in a Wild Flower recommends alternative ones that look just as good (if not better) than the real deal.
 

1. Peonies
The popular fluffy blooms are usually available in Spring, May to July (for the Northern Hemisphere), and December to February (for Australia and New Zealand). 
Floral alternative: Lush blooms like carnations are just as perfect for a more budget bride. For those don't mind spending a bit more, garden roses also make a wonderful substitute.

 

Missing those nasturtiums...

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2. Dahlias
These abundantly-petalled blossoms flourish best in temperate climates. They are usually available in June to September.
Floral alternative: Try certain breeds of chrysanthemums that resemble dahlias. The trick is to choose those with sharper petals, and without a visible centre (they're also often called pom poms).

3. Ranunculus
The lush bloom with its many petals make it another hot-favourite for wedding bouquets. They're usually available in Spring and early-Summer.
Floral alternative: While nothing really resembles a ranunculus, you may choose to swap these with spray roses, to retain a delicate look in your bouquet.

4. Anemones
The flower closely resembles the daisy, but are slightly smaller in size, and pep up any sort of arrangement. These are usually available from October to May.
Floral alternative: Choose Gerbera daisies with a dark centre to mimic the anemone, or tulips (also with a dark centre), and let them open fully before using them. 

 

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5. Lily of the valley
These are usually chosen for its meaning (purity, sweetness, good fortune), as well as sweet-scent. But they're only available mostly in Spring.
Floral alternative: The very expensive and seasonal flower can be replaced with lace baby's breath, or white pieris.

 

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6. Sweet Pea
The fluffy, romantic, and fragrant blossom comes in the prettiest hues (think pink, peach, coral, pale pink, purple, fuchsia and white), and signifies "lasting pleasure", which are so apt for weddings and marriages. These are usually available in Spring (May to July and December and February).
Floral alternative: An interesting substitute that'd look pretty close, would be bougainvillea, which are available all year round, and easily procured in our tropical climate.

7. Hydrangea
These are robust and beautiful fillers for bouquets and centrepieces, can be used in many ways, and they, again, come in the prettiest pastel hues. These are usually available in the summer months.
Floral alternative: The florets of matthiolas - you have to cut away the green stems/flowers at the top and leave only fully opened blooms. Bunch 4-5 up to create a fluffy substitute for hydrangea.

 

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8. Larkspur
Also known as delphinium, these blooms give off the English countryside vibe as it's most commonly seen around the area. As they're long, they also add height and drama for centrepieces, as well as texture for bouquets. They're most available year-round, but their best ones are available from June to October.
Floral alternative: other tall, "spear-like" flowers such as matthiolas, snapdragons or gladioli.

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