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What's wrong with carnations?

I'm just curious as to why carnations have such a bad reputation.  They come in many different colors.  They're pretty hardy. They're very inexpensive.  So, what gives?  I like almost all flowers except calla lilies.  

Re: What's wrong with carnations?

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    melissamc2melissamc2 member
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    edited December 2011
    I have no issue with carnations at all!  The live longer, are readily available at any time, and make a fantastic filler with any other flower to help cut costs.
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    jagore08jagore08 member
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    edited December 2011
    I think carnations are beautiful especially when you bunch them together really tightly.
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    edited December 2011


    I love carnations! There the only flower were having on our wedding day. It works out too, because they areso inexpensive!! Actually the bouquet shown above is  what Im going to be remaking!! I think there very beautiful!
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    CA2MT4EveRCA2MT4EveR member
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    edited December 2011
    I think so many girls have a bad taste in their mouth because they are cheap.  When I worked in a floral shop, we would have girls come in and say "absolutely NO carnations!" and then when they looked through our books and found pics they liked of textured bouquets, they were shocked and wouldn't believe us when we said it was carnations. 

    I like them in mixed bouquets because of their texture.  I think they smell good and can be so many different colors- especially if they are dyed or painted.  But, if my guy came home with a dozen carns, I would be a bit disappointed.  I think they are best as more of a filler than a focal flower. 
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    edited December 2011
    I love them and will be using them for my wedding. I don't see anything wrong with them at all.
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    Jenn AnneJenn Anne member
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    edited December 2011
    I love carnations :) I was actually thinking about using them for the spread on the altar in burgundy and silver

    I think that people's main complaint may be that carnations are not as traditional as roses, which I'm using silk roses for my bridesmaids
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    RoyalOrientRoyalOrient member
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    edited December 2011
    I love carnations but not in mix arrangements, just when they bunched together. They look like layers of scrunched up tissue paper, very pretty. 
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    tldhtldh member
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    edited December 2011
    There's nothing wrong with them  I'm not a big fan of them by themselves though.  It's a ruffly flower so I'd try to put in a few roses the same color.
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    Catwoman708Catwoman708 member
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    edited December 2011
    I think a lot of older people associate carnations with funerals, or as a "cheap, reliable stand by" type of flowers that were available year round, and last really well in hot or cold weather. 


    Nowadays most flowers are available year round whether they were in season or not.  I think carnations are very pretty, sturdy/reliable, and they smell great too.  Nothing wrong with them at all.
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    scpalmtree06scpalmtree06 member
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    edited December 2011

    I also love carnations and don't see anything wrong with them for a wedding, but I've also heard that they're more common at funerals as well.  I guess they're the traditional "funeral flower"?

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    graysquirrelgraysquirrel member
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    edited December 2011
    I think that they are OK but they remind me of a lot of weddings I went to in the 80s. Maybe that's why I'm trying to stay away from them. 
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    edited December 2011
    Carnations rock when done right. =)
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    janedoe1113ajanedoe1113a member
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    edited December 2011

    The thought of using carnations never crossed my mind until I began researching prices of flowers. I was thinking of gerber daises, but when I found out that carnations would be 1/4 the price, I decided to at least look for some pictures then decide. That's when I saw some of the most gorgeous bouquets made of all carnations! I went to a farmers market that day and orded 8 dozen carnations and two large bunches of baby's breath for less than what it would have cost me for only 2 dozen daisies!!

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    mahnkencmahnkenc member
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    edited December 2011
    I had cream carnations mixed into my bouquets and they looked amazing - they do last a long time which is awesome and combined with other flowers they give it a very elegant feel... I however do not like them by themselves... and I only like them in certain colors! So I am a picky carnation lover :)
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