When you think of roses, you probably also think about love. The two have been linked for most of modernity (you'll soon find out why!) and, for that reason, are a popular wedding flower. Of course, couples choose to use throughout their celebrations for more than just symbolic reasons: Sturdy, fragrant, and elegant, roses are known to star in many a bridal bouquet or centerpiece. If you're considering usng this elegant bloom for your big day, here's how to ensure that everything comes up, well…you know.
In the Victorian era, flowers conveyed ideas.
And all of these ideas were related to the rose's specific color. Red roses were exchanged between lovers (this clearly stuck!), while yellow buds were swapped amongst friends. As for the rest? Pink roses implied grace, burgundy insinuated unconscious beauty, white meant innocence, purple inferred enchantment, orange symbolized fascination, and pale peach suggested modesty.
Roses come in more varieties than you think.
News flash: Not all roses look alike. We asked Nancy Teasley, owner of Ella Rose Farm, in Fallbrook, California, to take us through the rose types most frequently featured in weddings. First up? The Hothouse Standard Rose, a tall and stiff-stemmed variety, is likely what you imagine when you think of roses. Opt for these classics for a relatively budget-friendly pick. Field-Grown Garden Roses, another popular pick, are the roses Grandma used to grow. They have a subtle fragrance and a loose, lush, dramatic look.
For brides that want blooms that last beyond the wedding day, Hothouse English Garden Roses are the way to go—identified by their slightly longer outer petals that create a cupped look, they have sturdy stems (perfect for wedding arrangements) and are the longest-lasting of the bunch.
In fact, there are 47 rose species that are native to North America.
These species include (but are not limited to!) prickly, prairie, smooth, pigmy, mountain, and cascade roses. Feel free to ask your florist about rose buds that are indigenous to a specific locale—it's a great way to honor a home state or favorite place.
The rose is the official flower of the United States.
This was a fairly recent declaration: President Ronald Reagan made the rose the national flower in 1986, after the United States Senate passed a resolution asking the president to do so. The rose had some competition, though. Twenty years prior, the marigold was considered for the coveted spot.
The biggest rose bouquet included 156,940 roses.
In 2005, a mall in Germany set a Guinness World Record by displaying a bouquet of 156,940 roses. Send us photos if you're planning on topping this on your wedding day—we want to hear about it!
Roses are pricier around two major holidays.
Here's a fact that actually might make you consider skipping the popular wedding day bloom: Most roses are significantly more expensive around Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, so if you're planning a wedding right before either, it'll likely be more cost-effective to choose a different in-season flower. For a June wedding, on the other hand, field-grown garden roses can be a great and affordable choice. "Be open to your florist's suggestions," Teasley recommended.