There is no more classic sign of love than a long-stemmed red rose. Roses are so versatile that you can use them in almost every aspect of your wedding. Here are some tips for how to incorporate roses in your wedding.

The Bouquet
Roses are one of the most popular flowers to use in the bridal bouquet. You can have everything from the classic bunch of red roses to an ethereal white gathering of roses and anemones, to a rustic garden bounty. Be sure to browse this photo slideshow from Martha Stewart Weddings to see how roses can be used for any style of wedding.

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Create a bed of roses over which you glide down the aisle

Rose Petal Aisle
Create a literal bed of roses over which you glide down the aisle. This great Petal Quantity Calculator helps you to calculate how many bags of bulk rose petals you’ll need to order.

Pomanders for the Ladies
Rather than have your girls carry traditional bouquets, have pomanders instead. Roses lend themselves perfectly to the spherical shape, and they will add a unique twist to the classic flower. They also look lovely down the sides of the aisles hanging from hooks.

Bridesmaids’ Gifts
Using rose oil, you can make all kinds of rose-scented bath and body products for your bridesmaids. Try this DIY lotion from Design Sponge, rosewater toner from She Knows, or DIY lip balm from Whole Living.

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Rather than traditional bouquets, use pomanders instead

Fresh or Frosting?
Roses on the wedding cake – whether they’re fresh blooms or made from sugar or frosting – look classic and beautiful. Fresh flowers can cascade down the side, be piled between tiers, or cover an entire layer. And with roses in particular, you can use the whole bloom, or just the petals. Check out this collection of photos for ideas for using fresh flowers, and these photos for gorgeous sugar-flower cakes, both realistic and impressionistic.

Rose Ceremony
No, not like The Bachelor. It’s more like the candle lighting ceremony or sand ceremony some couples choose to do, except this one involves the entire families. Using roses and three vases, the coming together of flowers in one vase symbolizes the joining of the families. Read the details from Confetti.

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Roses are one of the most popular flowers used in bridal bouquets

Choosing Your Rose
There are so many types of roses, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect one for your wedding style. Browse Southern Living’s “9 Dazzling Types of Roses” to get a sense of what’s out there. English garden roses are perfect for a wedding with a vintage feel. Cottage roses are perfect for a rustic wedding. Classic red roses are perfect for an elegant, glamorous wedding.

Fragrant Desserts
A hint of rose is delicious in macarons, tea cookies, shortbread, cakes, puddings, ice cream, sorbets and more. It goes well with chocolate, raspberry, peach and vanilla. Huffington Post has some great suggestions for rose-flavored desserts. It only takes rosewater or rosehips to add a gentle floral fragrance.

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