When brides are planning for their weddings, some we meet have roses at the top of the list and others say “NO ROSES!”
So we thought we’d write a little post to share some of our ideas on how to incorporate this stunning, classic flower into your wedding in some perhaps non-traditional ways.
While unquestionably elegant, most think of roses as a boring choice for a wedding these days. But a garden rose is a different story than it’s long-stemmed cousin.
Here are a few of my FAVORITE reasons to use garden roses:
The lush, full petaled appearance makes an excellent choice for lavish bouquets and floral arrangements
Overflowing, full heads of petals often appear much like peonies, a highly sought after wedding flower that’s very difficult to find when out of season
The aroma of the garden rose is far superior to the peony or the long-stemmed rose, which adds another dimension to your wedding experience
This year we are completely into the tonal, soft, beautiful floral palette in all our work. When using garden roses, you have a wonderful variety of shades.
Some of our favorite are:
Wild Esperance (medium pink)
Shine On (yellow)
Gertrude Jekyll (deep pink)
There are so many to choose from, but these are some of our top choices especially as we’re heading into the spring wedding season. For a bridal bouquet, centerpiece or overall color theme, soft color palettes are winning this year.
We practice as often as possible working with blooms like these. For a unique spring bouquet, we’re loving a mix of creams, pinks, blushes and deep plums. Perhaps a few shades of beige mixed in as well.
We like to let the roses shine by using them as accent blooms throughout our selection of flower arrangements. Yes, a bouquet full of 24 roses is beautiful, but a blend of ranunculus, anemone and foxgloves with garden roses carefully placed within allows those stunning roses to shine!
We take lots of inspiration from art, and particularly love the Dutch Masters floral trends lately. These are full of flowers, with little greenery. Perfect as a wedding flower theme.
Garden roses give reception flowers a vintage, sophisticated air. Used in a bouquet of anniversary flowers, they add a level of luxury to a hand delivered bouquet.
Choose pinks and creams to give the floral arrangements a spring makeover. We suggest pairing garden roses with:
The trend I love the most right now is the neutral toned ceramic or clay vessels for weddings or floral gifting. When garden rose are paired with this, the arrangement is sure to make a wedding unique and stunning; from head table to gift table, the garden rose will shine.
When looking for a lush, generous bloom for your wedding flowers, peonies may be the first thing to mind; but don’t overlook garden roses from your local florist as a top option.
Chat with us here at Foliage, since we are experts in all things flowers, and we’ll help you navigate all your flower questions for weddings, events or last minute gifts.
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