Red Carnation and Spray Rose Wedding Flowers
This is the second post in my Wedding Centerpieces and Bouquets series. I created a red carnation and rose centerpiece this week. Last week, I created an orange/coral alstroemeria and rose centerpiece. I was shocked at how much flowers cost for a wedding and wanted to DIY my own centerpieces and bouquets. My budget is $15 per centerpiece or less.
I went to Trader Joe’s again to purchase the flowers. Decided on red carnations, dark red spray roses, and chamomile for filler. The greenery selection was very poor, unlike last week. The only greenery they had this week was pine and eucalyptus leaves. I didn’t think either of those choices would look good with roses and carnations so I ended up buying chamomile – white flowers that look like daisies. Unfortunately, I did not like how the chamomile looked with the roses and carnations so the arrangement was pretty lacking this week. I would definitely have preferred greenery over the chamomile.
Trader Joe’s Flowers – $11 total
- Red mini carnations – $3.99, 9 stems
- Dark spray roses – $4.99, 8 stems
- Chamomile – $2.99, 4 stems
First Look and Testing With Chamomile
At first, I tried to incorporate the chamomile into the bouquet. However, I really didn’t like the results and ultimately decided to remove the chamomile all together. Chamomile has a very weedy look that didn’t look good with the roses or carnations. Fortunately, I love the look of carnations and the bright red color. Therefore, I’ll try to incorporate more carnations in future bouquets. Roses are always a staple and look great.
The Final Three Arrangements
- Mason jar carnation and rose arrangement: With the lack of greenery, it didn’t feel like a centerpiece. It definitely felt like I was just sticking flowers into a mason jar haha. I think it looks ok though. I like the combination of dark red and bright red.
- Wine bottle arrangement: Using a wine bottle as a vase is a great way to repurpose the bottle. One carnation stem comes with multiple flowers on it at different heights. The multiple flowers at different heights looked really good in an empty wine bottle. This is sitting on my little IKEA bookshelf.
- Cup Arrangement: I also created a small cup arrangement with leftover flowers. The flowers had to be cut down a lot to fit into the cup. Turned out pretty cute and it’s sitting on my coffee table now! I bought the cup from REI.
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