As Charlotte from Sex and the City once said, “Carnations are ‘filler flowers.’” But they don’t deserve the stigma; two simple yet elegant bouquets were made utilizing a few shades of pink carnations and a bundle of affordable baby’s breath. And, let’s remember, pink carnations were Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite.
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How to Transform Carnations
Varying hues from fuchsia to pale blush pink are clustered together, then tied with floral stem wire (about $1.50 for 110 feet) to hold them in place.
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Your Charming Carnation Bouquet
For the final touch, tuck a matching silk ribbon around the base of the blooms to disguise the wire and pull the look (and your color scheme) together.
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How to Transform Baby's Breath
The same floral stem wire used to hold the carnations can be used to bind together a cluster of inexpensive baby's breath, perfect for a rustic summer wedding outdoors. As an extra step, floral tape can tightly secure the bouquet.
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Your Breathtaking Baby's Breath Bouquet
Ta-da! A complementary satin ribbon finishes the look and camouflages the floral stem wire and tape.
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Everyone has seen those quickly put-together bunches of mixed blooms sold at every deli and supermarket. But by sorting and creatively mixing monochromatic hues (rununculus, fresia, tulips, and small white roses) and removing excessive filler like asparagus fern, one can easily make a gorgeous bouquet any bride would be proud to carry down the aisle.
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How to Transform the Blended Bouquet
Once the flowers have been selected, use floral wire and tape to secure the stems. Cover with matching satin ribbon and fasten with a pearl-headed pin.
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Your Bountiful Blended Bouquet
The end result looks as charming and chic as an expensive concoction from a florist. Who'll ever know the truth?
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Mums and Daisies
Mums and daisies have sunny hues and sturdy blooms, and they’re readily available year round. Buy several bunches (varying the size of the bloom) from a supermarket or florist.
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How to Transform Mums and Daisies
Select an array of your favorite flowers and colors, then arrange them so that there are bigger blooms on the outside and in the center, anchored by smaller mums and daisies throughout. Secure the stems with floral wire and tape, then wrap a satin ribbon around to finish the look.
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Your Marvelous Mum and Daisy Bouquet
Mixing smaller mums with daisies in two colors results in a textured bouquet that would work wonderfully for an outdoor or daytime wedding. In winter, crimson-hued mums would nicely convey a seasonal theme.
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Irises, Statis, and Carnations
Buy several bunches of purple flowers (varying the size, shade, and shape of the bloom) from the supermarket.
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How to Transform Irises, Statis, and Carnations
Once you’ve selected your mix, arrange them in an alternating pattern, with unopened iris blooms juxtaposed with fluffier carnation shapes. The elegant long stems are easy to fasten―just be sure you wrap the floral wire up and down them to avoid any drooping. Cover the wire with a longer satin (or similar) decorative ribbon and finish with a bow.
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Your Irresistible Iris, Statis, and Carnation Bouquet
This violet-toned bouquet is perfect for a summer ceremony.