(Closed) DIY Carnation vs. Hydrangea for Tall Centerpieces

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Honey bee

These are the centerpieces, from my daughter’s wedding. (Well, about 3/4’s of one). There were gold sprayed stick branches, coming out of the top, with crystals hanging from them. I think the flowers were garden roses (?) and hydrangea.  I e-mailed a photo to the florist, where the flower balls were made of predominately carnations, and she said they’d be much more exprensive to make. I’m guessing because 1 hyndrangea takes up a lot more room than carnations, of a similar cost total.  The wedding was at the end of August, in the US, if that makes any difference. I remember the bride wanted to go with lots of peonies, but they’d be $35 a stem, at that time of year.

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

missmonsterjeep:  

1. Will the hydrangeas be more cost effective in terms of needing fewer blooms per centerpiece?

Yes. It would take dozens of carnations and you would like need to make a pomander for that size vase.

2. Will the hydrangeas be uber difficult to work with?

Not really. You read all sorts of issues with hydrangeas but those of us with gardens use them all the time for cut flowers and they work fine. They do tend to wilt more when they are out of water and used in bouquets. Now is  perfect time to practice. Hydrangea plants are everywhere for Easyer. But a couple and try out the arrangements. The dangling greenery is amaranthus, by th way.

3. Will the hydrangeas be easier for me to “plop” together into an arrangement like the one above?

Yes. You will need to ensure that the stems stay submerged in water, but you could do them at home, tie them together with a cord, plop them overnight in mason jars, transport in wine boxes, then just lift them out and place in the cylinder vase full of water.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I forgot to say that you might also want to try making contact with a local grower. Check the farmer’s markets in your area. Hydrangeas will be in season in August. If you fiind a local grower, you could arrange a deal ahead of time to buy their white hydrangeas.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Have you considered using natural touch flowers instead?  I ask,  because they could be done ahead of time.  My flowers were natural touch and looked amazing.   My husband was skeptical,  until they arrived.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

missmonsterjeep:  I did my centerpieces too. And although I love hydrangeas, the heat here is pretty brutal and I was worried about not handling them properly and them dying. Cost was the other thing. I didn’t want to pay lots of $ for flowers. 

I went with a mix of flowers but mainly carnations. Might be different here but hydrangeas cost up to $7 each (for the big ones). Medium ones are $4.50. I get 24 carnations for $2.50. In my case, carnations were way less expensive. With 24 carnations I got pretty decent coverage! Plus those things don’t die. Seriously, I did a test where I cut a bunch and left them out without ANY water. In Puerto Rico heat. They were alive after 48 hours with no water whatsoever and in this heat!

But one thing though… As a fellow DIY bride I can tell you to keep the work for that morning to the minimum. I made it work. But I did underestimate the time it would take for set up. And know and be prepared for the unexpected. Stuff will come up and might put you in an even tighter schedule. Also, ask for help if there are family and friends that can help you. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

missmonsterjeep:  not A bad idea. And if that’s pretty much all you have to do then it shouldn’t be too complicated. In my case it was crazy. SO much work! I was probably a little crazy to DIY the whole thing. But it worked out in the end and with family and friends helping me set things up that day, I could make it work. And you’ll be happy when you see those centerpieces and know they were your creation πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

missmonsterjeep:  I had hydrangeas at my wedding, and I do think it would be easier to fill a large vase with them versus carnations. One warning though, hydrangeas really do wilt easily if they are not kept in a cool location, so if you arrange them ahead of time, keep them in a cool place. My wedding was in June, and all the larger bouquets held up well over the course of the day, but they had been refrigerated up until delivery. Our boutinerres had mini hydrangeas in them and they wilted pretty much immediately and looked terrible by the reception. I do NOT recommend using them in such a small application.

Post # 12
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Newbee

Definitely hydrangeas! It will be so much easier and imo, will look nicer. Can you imagine stripping and trimming 200 stems versus 30? Just do your research on hydrating and flower food for hydrangea and you should be fine. πŸ™‚

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