Post # 1
So it’s been bugging me since the day after out wedding (which was saturday and it was perfect)…how do I know if our flowers were dyed instead of the actual purple carnations I was supposed to get?
I keep changing my mind about it and I don’t know (i told her I really didn’t want painted/dyed flowers).
Does anyone know how to tell?
Post # 2
Can you explain your objection to dyed flowers?
Post # 3
If you can’t tell the difference on your own then I would say it doesn’t matter. There are definitely times when a florist will need to dye the flowers, paint them, or even feed them various chemicals to make them turn the color you wanted. If you want purple carnations and everything on the market looks sad and droopy, then the only choices are to dye/paint/manipulate another color of carnation to get the purple you want, substitute a different color of carnation, or substitute another purple flower. You wanted purple carnations, you got purple carnations and you can’t tell with the naked eye if they’re naturally purple or manipulated somehow, so why does it matter how they ended up purple?
Post # 4
I’m confused. If you couldn’t tell, does it really matter?
Post # 5
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Idk but a guess would be price? natural = more expensive maybe.
But if you couldn’t tell & price isn’t an issue, & your wedding already happened what is the point in wondering? I’ve had a few painted roses, so I’m not sure how the process varies (if it does) depending on the flower but mine were semi obviously painted- good from a close distance but upon further inspection I could either see that the center & bottom parts were less pigmented, the color would also rub off, and if it was done poorly you could see some color on the stem too. Also you can dye carnations by putting them in colored water (red + blue food coloring+ white carnation= purple) though that way is more subtle.
Post # 6
MsGinkgo: So you can’t tell if they were painted and/or dyed and you told her you didn’t really want painted or dyed flowers. So did you NOT want them or would be OK with them if that was her only choice. Was it in a contract somewhere that they were not to be dyed?
You are married. You probably have the most lovely flowers. I would just move on.
I feel like you recently brought up another gripe (was it someone’s hair?) that happened on your wedding day. I hope your list of post-wedding to-do’s is almost done. You have a lot of happiness to focus on considering you just got married to your love.
Post # 7
Horseradish: applecat: It doesn’t matter, it’s just bugging me that I don’t know. I wouldn’t do anything about it and if they’re dyed I can’t obviously tell. I guess I just wanted to know more out of curiosity.
LilRhodyGem: My wedding was perfect. I’m very happy to be married. The hair issue was a big deal to my sister and caused her a lot of stress. I didn’t really think of it day of, I was busy getting married and enjoying the day, but when I think back I remember how upset she was. Believe me, I’m not focusing on the negative, everything was perfect. The flowers are currently sitting on my kitchen counter and I saw them this morning and it’s bugging me that I don’t know if they were dyed or not. It doesn’t really matter, I just want to know if there’s a way to tell for sure one way or the other.
Post # 8
MsGinkgo: Cut open the stem. If it’s purple inside, it’s dyed. If it’s green, it’s not. As far as painting, I didn’t even know they did that. 🙂
If they somehow injected color into the flower in some other manner than sitting the stems in color and letting that wick up to the bud, I have no idea how to tell.
Post # 9
If you post a picture of them I can tell you if they were painted. However, carnations aren’t super expensive and come in multitudes of shades of purple, so chances are very low your florist would paint them especialy if you explicitly told her/him you didn’t want them painted or dyed.