All for Roses for Your Special Occasion

A universal symbol of love and beauty, roses are simultaneously classic and current, omnipresent yet still never overstated, constantly current yet infused with history.

Below are more specific reasons to choose roses for your special occasion:

Practicality

According to the Society of American Florists, at least 120 rose varieties are commercially available these days. Styles can go from small blooms with strong leaves to bigger flowers with soft, delicate petals. But that’s not the real beauty. Roses are generally available and can be reasonably priced (despite rare varieties possibly skyrocketing from $4 to $10 a stem).

Variety

There are three main categories of roses that are the most likely nominees for wedding blooms: hybrid tea roses, spray roses, and garden roses. Here’s a quick look at what makes each one unique:

Hybrid Tea

With its characteristic shape, the hybrid tea rose is, in fact, appreciated for its homogeny, durability (it can survive the entire day without wilting!), and availability.

Spray

These smaller roses have five to ten small heads each stem and thus fill out bouquets in excess of a single stem. They are stocked in single hues or bicolor, as the hybrid. Due to the variance in size, they are best for providing texture and visual interest to any floral arrangement.

Garden

These roses are a lot bigger and lusher compared to any other variety. They are generally very open, natural and freeform. With their fragility, they are rarer and thus more expensive.

Classic Appeal

Combine white roses with a classic bloom such as a white hydrangea or a gardenia. Or arrange around 200 roses of the same color and variety into a classic silver bowl for a neat and sleek look that makes a big impact.

Romantic and Enchanting

Try beaded or fur-trimmed wraps for the bouquets, or jewel-tone, tear-shaped beads hanging from rose-stuffed candelabra. Think feminine but up to date — and add in sweet elements – for instance, big open garden roses with satin ribbon looped into them.

Fun and Stylish

Monochromatic arrangements are growing in popularity, whether it’s all white, or a mix of hot red and pale pink. Pick the single-color cluster of flowers (for instance, hydrangeas, stephanotis and white roses) and put everything together in a glass cube or a vase with an eccentric geometric shape. Contrast roses with spiky dahlias in vivid colors, such as orange and yellow, and arrange them in unconventional vases in stylish colors, like deep blue ceramic water pitchers.

Whether your wedding will be held outdoors or in a posh ballroom, roses will definitely make you shine. Of course, with a reputable florist, anything is possible.
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