a special event secret...Carnations

photo via InStyle Weddings

Last night at the DC ISES event, I was inspired by the gorgeous Carnation floral arrangements created by Capital Events and Decor.  I wish I had a photo that I could share.  Honestly, before seeing these arrangements last night, I never would have thought that carnations could look so lavish for an event.  After a little research this morning, I am a huge carnation fan.

There are a few things that make carnations appealing for event decor...first and formost, they are inexpensive compared to other types of flowers-if you are on a budget they are a great cost-cutting solution.  Second, they last...once carnations are in full bloom they can stay fresh and fragrant for up to 3 weeks!  Lastly, carnations are available in hundreds of colors naturally and they can also be artificially colored.

If you choose carnations for your event decor, here is the trick to make this budget-friendly flower look like a million bucks...use carnations in lush groupings of the SAME COLOR.  Take a look at a few fabulous carnation arrangements and see what I mean...

With a little creativity, the sky is the limit with carnations.  I love these carnation confections...

photos via 1-800-flowers, FTD, The Knot

And carnations are not just for centerpieces, they can be incorporated in your wedding cake...

photos via A Wedding Wish, Martha Stewart

and used to create bridal bouquets...

photos via Martha Stewart, Brides.com

Here are two ways that carnations make a statement with placecards...

photos via Martha Stewart and InStyle Weddings

On the left they create a an elegant placecard base and on the right, mini carnation pomanders in clear boxes are used as placecards.

As you can see, this budget-friendly flower provides endless possibilities for a high-end look.

Enjoy!

xoxo  lisa

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