Flower Guide: Roses

A rose can have many different meanings, depending on the color. Red symbolizes love and romance. Pink represents grace, elegance, and admiration. Yellow stands for warmth, happiness, joy, and friendship. Orange reflects passion and desire. Peach symbolizes sincerity. Lavender reflects love at first sight. Purple symbolizes enchantment and magnetism. White embodies innocence and purity, honor and reverence.

By: 
Kristen O'Gorman Klein

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    A colorful mix of red, orange, and yellow makes an ideal bouquet for a fall wedding.

    Photo Credit: Sherman Chu Photography

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    Bouquet

    Muted purple and white roses create a lush, romantic bouquet.

    Photo Credit: Belle Momenti Photography

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    Bouquet

    Red roses mixed with fresh greenery is a classic choice for winter brides.

    Photo Credit: Debra Gulbas Photography

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    Bouquet

    Mauve, fuchsia, and cream roses, accented with crystal flower jewelry, add depth to this multi-colored bouquet.

    Photo Credit: Amanda Marie Photography

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    Bouquet

    White roses accented with pink calla lilies and jewel pins.

    Photo Credit: ZDJ Photography

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    Bouquet

    Peach roses with hydrangeas and feathers.

    Photo Credit: Hailey Erickson Photography

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    Bouquet

    The bridesmaids carried coral roses with fern, while the bride carried white roses.

    Photo Credit: Amber Davis Photography

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    Bouquet

    Cream roses accented with lush greenery give off a rustic vibe.

    Photo Credit: Snappy Shots by Bev

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    Bouquet

    Lavender roses with white hydrandeas.

    Photo Credit: Honey Heart Photography

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    Bouquet

    Jeweled pins inside the roses add glamour to this bouquet.

    Photo Credit: Visionyard Photography

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    Bouquet

    Purple-hued roses mixed with wildflowers.

    Photo Credit: Allyson Wiley Photography

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    Bouquet

    A cascading bouquet with classic red roses at the center.

    Photo Credit: Casey Fatchett Photography

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    Bouquet

    Bright roses complement the bridesmaids' deep purple gowns.

    Photo Credit: Kimberly Chau Photography

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    Bouquet

    An all-red bouquet filled with roses.

    Photo Credit: Casey Fatchett Photography

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    Roses truly can be tinted to any color of the rainbow — including using all colors in a single stem! These multi-colored roses are a fun choice for an offbeat wedding.

    Photo Credit: Off BEET Productions

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    Bouquet

    A classic white rose bouquet.

    Photo Credit: Muriel Silva Photography

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    Bouquet

    Peach roses mixed with orange peonies.

    Photo Credit: Memoire Studio

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    Bouquet

    Pink roses accented with baby's breath.

    Photo Credit: Andrew Clark Photography

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  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    A mass of large ivory roses in a chic bouquet.

    Photo Credit: Muriel Silva Photography

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    Roses add depth to this vibrant bouquet filled with pink-hued peonies, calla lilies, and more.

    Photo Credit: Antonia Christianson Events

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    Bouquet

    Ivory roses perfectly complement the bridesmaid's champagne dress.

    Photo Credit: Bill Blakey Photography

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    With so many different types of flowers, this all-white bouquet is anything but boring.

    Photo Credit: Solar Photographers

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    Red brunia berries nestle among the roses in this winter wedding bouquet. Tiny buds add texture.

    Bouquet by Prudence Designs & Events/Photo Credit: Luciana Pampalone

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    Bouquet

    Black Baccara and Black Beauty roses tied with a green ribbon.

    Bouquet by Bardin Palomo/Photo Credit: Luciana Pampalone

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  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    A clutch bouquet of assorted roses in blush tones, accented with cordyline leaves.

    Bouquet by Flowers of the World/Photo Credit: Luciana Pampalone

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    The Glamelia, popularized in the '40s and '50s, is a single handcrafted bloom fashioned from dozens and dozens of petals. Green camellia leaves finish off its polished, chic look.

    Bouquet by In Bloom New York/Photo Credit: Luciana Pampalone

  • Boutonniere

    Boutonniere

    We love how the bride's bouquet, the groom's boutonniere, and the groom's tie all coordinate perfectly.

    Photo Credit: Andrew Clark Photography

  • Boutonniere

    Boutonniere

    Since roses are available in practically any shade of the rainbow, finding the right flower to match your color scheme is a cinch.

    Photo Credit: Joshua McCoy Photography

  • Boutonniere

    Boutonniere

    A simple white rose is a classic, sophisticated choice for the groom's bout.

    Photo Credit: Honey Heart Photography

  • Boutonniere

    Boutonniere

    A light-colored rose pops against a black jacket.

    Photo Credit: Visionyard Photography

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  • Corsage

    Corsage

    A small arrangement of soft pink roses works nicely for a corsage or a boutonniere.

    Photo Credit: The Bird & The Bear Photography

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Rose pomanders and petals decorate the aisle.

    Photo Credit: Robert Holley Photography

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    A rose-adorned arch makes a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony.

    Photo Credit: Dianna Hart Photography

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Decorate your ceremony space with a garland of roses that match your color scheme. 

    Photo Credit: Memoire Studio 

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    A single rose at each place setting adds an elegant touch. 

    Photo Credit: Joy Marie Photographers

  • Centerpiece

    Centerpiece

    Top a bowl of lemon slices with bright roses for an easy DIY centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Joshua McCoy Photography

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  • Centerpiece

    Centerpiece

    Red and purple roses atop a gothic-inspired candelabra.

    Photo Credit: Amanda Marie Photography

  • Centerpiece

    Centerpiece

    Sunny yellow roses create a vibrant base for this bold arrangement.

    Photo Credit: Two One Photography

  • Centerpiece

    Centerpiece

    Lush white roses in a leaf-wrapped square vase makes a beautiful modern centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: AMS Photography

  • Centerpiece

    Centerpiece

    An intricate, modern take on classic red roses.

    Photo Credit: Tantawan Bloom

  • Centerpiece

    Centerpiece

    Bright yellow roses punch up this dynamic, color-blocked centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Messina/Created by: Dolce Designs Studio

  • Cake

    Cake

    Vibrant roses atop a traditional white cake.

    Photo Credit: Robert Holley Photography

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  • Cake

    Cake

    A mix of sugarpaste and real roses accent this pretty cake.

    Photo Credit: Jenny Ebert Photography