Ahh … roses and weddings. The perfect match ….

Roses are timeless, classic, beautiful… and they’re the perfect wedding flower for a number of other different reasons …

First off, roses are relatively inexpensive and in season just about all year round. And there are so many different varieties too.

You can choose old-fashioned cabbage roses in damask pinks, whites and yellows with big blowsy petals. They look wonderful at a vintage or country-style wedding day. Think tea roses and Floribunda roses (these are the names you’ll need to mention to your florist).

If you’re marrying in a chic city hotel, then you could choose classic Grandiflora roses, which are tall, elegant and have clustered, folded blossoms. These look stunning in bouquets or formal arrangements.

rose wedding table centre

A stunning rose centrepiece created by one of our stylists. A tall centrepiece allows guests to communicate easily across the table.

Maybe you want to have a decorated archway at the entrance to your ceremony, or as a canopy above where you’re marrying or to welcome guests to your reception. An arrangement of trailing roses would look fabulous here – and if you have some scented blooms so much the better.

How to make everything come up roses

A vintage style wedding day theme and roses is the dream combination.

You might be deciding to serve afternoon tea at your wedding. In which case, make sure it’s served from china cups and saucers with a rose pattern, with cakes and dainty sandwiches on tiered serving plates. Cupcakes could have pretty rose paste flowers on the top and served in rose shades of lemon yellows, pinks, lilacs …

And this is where one of our stylists would come into their own.

Apart from having some great ideas to make your wedding theme come to life, they’ll also have a host of props at their disposal so you know that you’re going to get the look. Essentials like rose-patterned china, rose patterned tea pots, table clothes, sashes and chair covers in rose shades …

And for your bridesmaids?

Maybe this is the time to be thinking of rose accessories. Perhaps you could gift your bridesmaids earrings in a rose design to wear – or a rose-themed bracelet.

Alternatively, build your theme in subtly by looking out for bridesmaids’ frocks with a rose floral detail at the neckline or at the waist.

rose pink one shoulder bridesmaid dress

Bridesmaid dress with rose shoulder detail by Dessy

Thinking colours

The other thing about choosing a rose wedding theme is that it opens up your colour choices ….

Romantic red roses with their deep, rich shades are wonderful for an opulent, luxe feel.

They’re stunning at winter weddings.

And if you’re having a winter wedding with a rose theme, then think about deep rich reds for your décor. Chair sashes, table coverings … again, talk to your stylist about the look you’re after.

red rose wedding decor

Here our stylist has tucked a deep red rose into every chair back for a sophisticated look

Our stylists can also decorate your tables to perfection – maybe tucking a fresh rose into a folded napkin or dreaming up rose-themed wedding favours.

For a spring or summer wedding you’ll want a much lighter, fresh mood. And this is where roses in pastel shades come into play. Lemon yellow roses, soft pinks, deeper pinks and purples – and again you can build this into your décor.

One final word on colours – white roses are wonderful at any time of year – winter, spring and summer. So use them plentifully. However, in some circles it’s considered unlucky to have red and white flowers together – so you might like to avoid that particular colour combination.

A rose theme gives you plenty of colour options to consider

And when you’re thinking about colours, remember that if you’ve opted for pastel coloured roses then you can mix up the colours a bit. You don’t have to stick with one shade. Our stylists can create a pastel wedding effect for your reception that will certainly give your room the wow factor when your guests enter.

They’ll also dress up other areas of your reception – like a small rose-strewn table for your wedding cake (which is a focal point at your wedding reception anyway, and sure to be play a starring rose in your wedding photography).

We have wedding stylists up and down the country and they’re friendly, knowledgeable and experienced. You can discover who is local to you here and arrange to have a chat. You’re not under any obligation to take things further but many brides have found that a stylist more than pays for themselves in any case – by shouldering some of the bride’s responsibilities, sourcing hard to find props and equipment and most importantly of all, ensuring that the bride has a wedding day that looks exactly the way she’s always dreamed of!