10 Fresh Ways to Add Roses to Your Wedding
They come in more than 100 varieties and just as many colors, but the world's most romantic flower isn't just pretty bouquet fodder. Hardy and always avaIlable, the versatile bloom can set any number of moods—from demure to dramatic.
Get inspired by these 10 rosy wedding ideas that are anything but expected.
Off the Wall
Secured with tiny t-pins from the crafts store, each hybrid tea rose, which is a cross-breed of tea and hybrid perpetualis varieties, cleverly covers the water tube of the next to make a bloomin' awesome—and fragrant—backdrop for your ceremony, cake, or photo booth. Best of all, you only need 75 roses (less than $100 worth) to fill an 8-by-8-foot surface.
Clip this Rose
Sleek lettering makes these classic-with-a-twist invites as perenially stylish as an LBD, and a lone, graphic bud lends a touch of cool. For your ceremony, fill coordinating vellum pouches with fresh petals for guests to shower you with during your walk back up the aisle. Download our editable templates, then send them to the stationer, or, if you've got a great printer, DIY.
An oversize bloom for your flower girl is a breeze to craft. Start with an actual rose, then add extra petals around the outside edge one at a time, securing each with a dab of hot glue at the base. When your creation reaches its desired magnitude, hot-glue it to a headband that matches your attendant's hair color. Like our ombré effect? Follow our lead and layer different shades of petals.
There are as many fragrances of roses as there are varieties, from spicy and citrusy to—in the case of some hybrids—no scent at all. Thanks to this diversity, "rose-y" perfumes aren't just your grandma's fragrance anymore. That should thrill your bridesmaids when you present them with one of these beauties.
Clockwise from top left: Jo Malone
Red Roses Cologne,
Wild Rose French Bar Soap,
Roses Ceramic-and-Wax Scented Oval,
eau de toilette, and
Absolute Rose Candle
The number of rose varieties keeps increasing as a result of hybridization, the cross-breeding of two parent flowers. This bouquet combines a few mashups, including dusty pink Café Latte, pale yellow Peter B., cream-with-a-hint-of-pink Quicksand, and even one bold pink version that has yet to be named, plus oregano, begonia leaves, and sweet autumn clematis, all tied with a black-and-white-striped vintage ribbon.
A Bright Spot
Some roses are blushy, others are oh-so-bold. Deep fuchsia Baroness, hot pink Maria Theresa, coral Miss Piggy, and dark Darcey provide an eye-catching pop of color against this monochromatic table.
Dinner plates, michelevarian.com
; "Bulle" salad plates,
; "Otto Black Matte" flatware,
; "Festival" dinner napkins in black,
Among the 100-plus kinds of roses called things like moon, magic, and even Miss Piggy, you should find plenty of inspiration for table names. To make the most of the floral monikers here, we sprayed glass bud vases matte black, then tagged each one with a printable paper wrap.
Black and White and Rose All Over
Penguins, nuns, crossword puzzles, Chanel boxes, old hitchcock films—these black-and-white bridesmaid looks are in good company. The same classic color duo also works well with vibrant bouquets that mimic the vivid centerpieces.
From left: Erin by Erin Fetherston "Hepburn" dress, available at Neiman Marcus
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