Roses are the classic, staple of wedding flowers.  They are beautiful, sweet smelling, long lasting, and varied in color and character.  The rose has, for hundreds of years, in poetry and folklore been the symbol of feminine beauty.

There are many different kinds of roses: sweetheart roses, garden roses, long stem roses

Colors: Roses come in reds, pinks, whites, creams, oranges, yellow,  and light purple.

Roses use in weddings:

Roses can be used in corsages, boutonniers, bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, centerpieces and large arrangements.  They are long lasting and sturdy, delicately fragrant, big enough to be seen, but not so large as too overwhelm

Tip: control how open the roses are on the big day with temperature.  A rose that is in a tight bud is not yet at its most beautiful, but an overblown rose can look sloppy and unattractive.  To get those tight roses to open up, place them in a warm room in warm water – like a veranda in the summer or by the fire in the winter.  Watch them carefully –it may only take a few hours.  Once they are as open as you want them, quickly use them in arrangements or put them immediately into the coldest place (above freezing) where you can fit them.

If your roses have endured some harsh conditions –been left in a hot car, out of water for several hours, etc, and are dropping their heads, you may think all is lost and ruined –but it is not!  Draw a bath of lukewarm water.  Take your flowers and put them in that bath, laying on their sides so that you can access the ends of their stems.  Then, with all flowers submerged in water, take a sharp knife and cut the ends of the stems of at a 45 degree angle.  Yes, cut the stem without taking it out of the water.  Let them soak a few hours and you will be happily surprised and how well they have revived.

roses grouped together in bunches the same color

roses grouped together in bunches the same color

Design Tips: roses look really elegant when bunched together in color groups within one single arrangement.

Season: Roses are greenhouse grown and are available nearly all year round.  They are primarily grown in Ecuador and Colombia.