Ah, the carnation. The word brings images of a cheap filler flower, surrounded by baby’s breath. I also remember doing a little trick with dying them using food colouring in the cut carnation’s water. It’s my birth month flower, actually. It wasn’t until I was researching flowers for my bouquet that I googled carnations and saw their rebirth as a hip, stand-alone flower. I highly recommend googling “carnation centerpiece” to any doubter.
Check out InStyle Weddings’ slideshow on possibilities for carnations. They look great en masse. What inspired me to write this blog post right away was finding an article on Weddingbells.ca today, carnations are very current it seems.
More importantly than the fact that they’re coming back into style is that they’re adorable. To me, a bunch of carnations in the same colour gives a similar feel to hydrangeas or peonies but at a much lower cost. Sticking to one colour makes them look so chic. They’re unexpected, they’re low-cost, they’re pretty, they’ll match most colour schemes, they’re perfect! Our wedding colours are green and white, and carnations come in lovely shades of both. I’m sold.
I had already planned to buy my flowers in bulk and make the bouquets myself (and with help from my crafty and talented bridesmaids, of course) and now I think I can further cut costs without compromising by using carnations instead of hydrangeas. They come in many colours, they’re nearly always in season, and I think these new takes on them makes them look phenomenal. I recently received a huge bouquet for my birthday (thanks future in-laws!) and when I had to trim the stems and add more water, I ended up dismantling the bouquet and making smaller arrangements of the same flowers, like carnations and alstromerias, and they looked good considering the minimal effort I put in. I’ll post the not-so high quality photos here soon.
For now, I bid you goodnight and I hope you’ll take some time to google carnations. It’ll blow your mind.
By the way, apparently even Carrie Bradshaw said carnations are making a comeback. Now you know you have to google them.