INSPIRATION: Carnations Can Be Chic *PIC HEAVY*

Carnations seem to get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to the floral “status quo” – but the truth is that there are plenty of beautiful – and even cool – looks you can achieve with this budget-friendly flower.


Because of the price point and shape of carnations, they allow you to create soft, lush, and substantial floral arrangements – and just like anything else, it’s all about playing up their strengths and “packaging” them the right way.


Here are a few suggestions for using carnations in interesting ways:


Make a statement: Grouping identical items together in a small space can creates a strong statement piece. The illusion   of volume created by the multiple carnations has more impact than one big  centerpiece would.


Budget bride: If you hope to have flowers galore at your wedding,  carnations  might be your best option. Each stem averages two dollars, making the  carnation easier to design with on a large scale. Plus, the blooms are  so durable that you don't have to worry about your flowers wilting. Carnation arrangements can last up to two weeks!


Use shapes: Carnations  work well in clean geometric shapes. You can try using squares, rectangles or even more unconventional shapes like  trapezoids in your centerpieces.


Keep it monochrome: Size isn't the only way to make a big statement. The bold use  of one color can also grab the attention of your guests.


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DIY Instructions for the next two pictures here: http://www.eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2009/01/beauty-in-numbers.html
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Sources: Hostess Blog & Fresh Wed

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 11:55 am
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Beautiful pictures! I don't see anything wrong with carnations! I think they're beautiful - and they smell amazing too!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 11:56 am
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I had been really sick in the hosp and a friends bought me the one that looks like an ice cream sundea.... LOVED IT... It was soooooooooo cute...

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 11:57 am
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Thank you for this, I love carnations but everyone seems to think they are so cheap!


Hey - it can cut your flower budget in half or more!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm
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those are fabulous inspiration pictures!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm
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Thanks for posting this! I've been hoping to use carnations mixed in with my roses to keep the costs down - but they also look sooo pretty on their own in bunches!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm
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beautiful!! great inspiration! thnx for posting =)

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm
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I love these! Thank you for sharing! I'll have to save this thread :)

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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Love them..thanks for the post!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm
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very nice

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm
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I never even thought of carnations and I happened to be searching today for pictures of purple weddings and a link to carnations popped up and I was really impressed with the different chic looks you can create! It totally takes away from the stigma surrounding them!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm
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Thanks for posting this!  This is my inspiration, my florist is going to mock these for me in silver vases..because of the color, I thought they were something else but my florist said they were carnations..love them!


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Posted on July 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm
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Love them! They look so nice...I never thought I would be a fan of carnations, but I can honestly say...that they are WAY pretty!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm
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@Clee50841-That looks amazing! I love the calla sticking out, very cool!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm
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I LOVE!  So chic!!!  Who knew?!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm
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carnations or so pretty!  Great post!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm
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I wanna do this!

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 6:22 am
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I love carnations!!!!


Especially solid colored ones :)


Such gorgeous inspiration!

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 6:24 am
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Lovely pics :o) they're all so pretty! Thanks for sharing :o)


Posted on January 19, 2011 at 6:24 am
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I had a bitter taste in my mouth because of Sweetest Day in high school (every high school sells them for $1 that day). But then I saw a post awhile back that showed them at weddings, and I fell in love. They are now going to be my 3rd centerpiece flower at my May wedding. Giant bunches of white carnations (and for a steal at Sam's Club!). I can't wait!! 

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 6:24 am
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These are really my MOH's favorite flower, beside gerbera daisies!


 

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 6:26 am
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