Using roses as wedding flowers

Roses are among the most popular wedding flowers and it’s very likely that either your bridal bouquet or table decorations will include this lovely flower. So why do we use roses as wedding flowers and what types are available? Find out more about roses as wedding flowers.

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Here are some common types of wedding roses:

Heritage wedding roses

Some varieties of heritage roses available include Charles de Mills, Felicite Parmentier, Lady Hillingdon, Mutabilis, Penelope, and Sombreuil. Heritage roses are perfect for a vintage or classic themed wedding, even though they might be more costly as they are not as readily available as hybrid tea or floribunda wedding roses.

Hybrid tea roses

These blooms high centred flowers and thick strong stems, with just single bloom to a stem. Hybrid tea roses are the most commonly utilised wedding roses and come in many colours. They are typically in flower from mid-June to September and are often utilised as exhibition roses due to their perfect form.

Miniature wedding roses

Types of miniature rose include Carrot Top, Snow Bride, Loving Touch, and Winter Magic but you might want to steer clear of the variety known as Heartbreaker. Miniature roses make lovely table arrangements as well as bridesmaids’ bouquets and headbands for the flower girls or even the bride.

Floribunda wedding roses

Floribunda roses have a more natural and less organised appearance to hybrid tea roses. Common kinds of floribunda rose include Shady Lady, Annie’s Song, Apricot Nectar, Pink Parfait, Bella Rosa, and Sexy Rexy. They have multiple blooms to a stem, and are mostly grown as garden roses. Floribunda roses are typically in bloom from May to September.

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What makes roses so popular for weddings?

Roses provide a feeling of luxury without being extensively costly, and the modern hybrid varieties have a long seasonality so they are commonly available. The composition of roses makes them perfect for boutonnieres, bouquets, and table arrangements.

Roses have long been seen as emblems of love and affection, so it’s no wonder that they are linked with weddings. Each colour signifies a different meaning, so select your wedding roses carefully to get the right message across.

  • Pink wedding roses: joyfulness and affection
  • White wedding roses: innocence, purity, and new beginnings
  • Orange wedding roses: excitement
  • Red wedding roses: romance and passion
  • Lavender wedding roses: enchantment or love at first sight
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