Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Carnations...really?

Carnations have long been a wedding no no. It just came up in conversation last night in a meeting with some clients. We were laughing at the idea of using carnations for flowers for a wedding. My exact words were "Tammy doesn't do carnations!" - while visions of 80's style blue carnation bouquets ran through my head. Well, upon reading the new issue of InStyle Weddings today, there was a section devoted to Carnations! I have to admit, my mind has changed a little. Although I really don't want to see them in bouquets or boutonnieres ANY TIME soon, they do have a modern look when done properly. Of course, there are a few rules to go by as to not have an 80's flashback, so check out the tips and pictures below.



















THINK BIG
Are you wanting to use a large amount of flowers for impact? Carnations cost only $1 on average, so they make a great alternative when you are designing on a larger scale. Plus they are incredibly hearty and can last a long time without wilting.






















CHOOSE ONE COLOUR
This gives a very modern look with a lot of impact! Carnations also have great texture and come in more than 10,000 shades! And if done properly, your guests won't even guess that they are carnations!
























GROUPINGS
Group them together eclectically - it gives great impact and is visually stunning! They also work well designed into shapes like these square vases toppers, or even round spheres.

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