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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:
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The Society of American Florists says there are no less than 120 varieties of roses that are commercially available today. 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).
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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 swift glance at what makes each exceptional:
With its traditional shape, the hybrid tea rose is, in fact, loved for its consistency, durability (it can last the entire day without wilting!), and availability.
These smaller roses have five to ten small heads each stem and thus fill out bouquets in excess of a single stem. They are purchased in single colors or bicolor, just like the hybrid. Given the variance in size, they are perfect for giving texture and visual charm to an arrangement.
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.
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.
Exciting and Stylish
Monochromatic arrangements are becoming more popular, whether it’s all white, or a combination of hot orange and pale peach. Grab the single-color cluster of flowers (for example, white roses, hydrangeas and stephanotis) and put the bunch together in a glass cube or vase that has a bold geometric shape. Juxtapose roses with pointy dahlias in dazzling colors, like orange and yellow, and set them in alternative vases in trendy colors (think 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, if you choose the right florist, everything is possible.