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10 not-too-traditional wedding bouquets with roses

A rose by any other name - still a rose, right? But in any other combination, roses can be transformed from that oh-so classic and traditional choice into something dreamy, whimsical, quirky or bohemian. Roses are a bit like diamonds; the setting will make a big difference to the overall appearance of the finished piece. 

Take peonies; overblown and sensual (if the rose is the Olivia Palermo of the floral world, the peony is Kate Upton), in combination with the classic rose they can produce a truly romantic, soft arrangement of full blooms, without the structure of a bouquet purely composed of roses. That bouquet, incidentally - also beautiful! Alone, roses are such a classic, romantic and traditional choice, the pure glamor of which can't be underestimated.

Roses may seem all grown up and mature, but, paired with, say, lush greenery or smaller, "relaxed" blooms, they can take on the appearance of a wild flower, perfect for a more earthy, bohemian wedding. More of a traditional sort? Instead of going for roses on their own, why not work in some calla lilies for a vintage bouquet or centerpiece arrangement.

Lastly, do keep color in mind when thinking roses: red can be a very sensuous and classic choice, while softer shades of pink, peach and mauve can give a far more vintage feel to any flowers you have on the day. Just don't go too crazy with color; if you're using red in your bouquets, follow through in centerpieces and any floral design at your ceremony or reception to give some continuity. You can add in different varieties, mix and match different blooms and colors, but having one strand throughout will keep things coherent!


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