Reasons to Choose Roses for that Special Occasion

A common symbol of love and beauty, roses are at the same time classic and modern, omnipresent yet never overboard, eternally current yet imbued with history.

Here are more specific reasons to go rose at your wedding or any other special occasion:

Practicality

According to the Society of American Florists, at least 120 rose varieties are commercially available these days. Styles may range from tiny flowers with sturdy leaves to larger blooms with soft, fluffy petals. But the real beauty of it all? Roses are extensively available and could be reasonably priced (although rare varieties may increase from $ 4-10 per stem).

Variety

There are three key types of roses that are the most likely contenders for wedding flowers: hybrid tea roses, spray roses, and garden roses. Here's a quick look at what makes each one unique:

Hybrid Tea

With its typical shape, the hybrid tea rose is, in fact, prized for its evenness, durability (it can go the whole day without wilting!), and availability.

Spray

These tinier roses are made up of 5 to 10 small heads for every stem and hence fill out bouquets more than a lone stem. They are purchased in single colors or bicolor, just like 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 typically very open, natural and free-flowing. Owing to their fragility, they are very rare and thus costly.

Classic Appeal

White roses paired with a classic flower like white hydrangea or a gardenia make a blast. Or throw some 200 roses of the same type and color into a classic silver bowl for a fresh and clean look that makes tremendous impact.

Romantic and Charismatic

For the bouquets, picture beaded or fur-trimmed wraps, or how about jewel-tone (citrine or ruby) tear-shaped beads that hang from rose-filled 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 have grown in popularity, whether all white, or a combo of hot purple and pale lavender. Have the single-color cluster of flowers - for instance, white roses, stephanotis and hydrangeas - and set them up in a glass cube or a vase with an unpredictable 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 the wedding will be outdoors or in a dazzling ballroom, roses will surely make your wedding resonate. Of course, with a reputable florist, anything is possible.