Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, the rose is an all-star in the world of weddings. Roses are available in solid colors and bicolor varieties, and there are striped and tipped options as well.
More than three thousand varieties of roses are grown commercially, many available year-round and that are surprisingly affordable. And though roses are associated with luxurious fragrance, not every rose is scented.
Three main types are likely candidates for your wedding flowers: hybrid tea roses (the classic, uniformly-shaped commercial roses generally seen at your local florist), spray roses (a rose with five to ten small heads on each stem and a "natural, garden-grown" look), and garden roses (expensive, old-fashioned varieties with bushy, open heads and delicious scents).
Colors: white, cream, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, lavender
Scent: none too intense, depending on the variety
Meaning: several meanings depending on color, in general, love, beauty, grace, joy, unity