In our previous Sedona Sky Weddings blog post, we shared the meanings of white, red, and pink roses at a wedding. Since roses are a very popular wedding flower, let’s look at three more very popular wedding rose colors and their meanings.
Joy, Delight, Promise of a New Beginning, “I Care,”
Additional meanings: Friendship, Gladness, Remember Me
• Yellow rose with red tips: Falling in Love, Friendship
Dating back to the ancients, yellow was the color of the sun, warmth, joy, wisdom, power, optimism, and boundless happiness. For that reason, yellow roses were often sent to cheer someone up. Now, yellow roses express your feelings of delight and joy—which is why they are often the floral guests at weddings.
During the 18th. Century, many people around the world fell in love with roses—even though roses were only grown in shades of pink and white. Sometime during the 1700’s, a yellow rose was discovered growing wild in the Middle East and brought to Europe where people were enchanted with its joyful color. While the first yellow roses lacked any scent, highly skilled European gardeners finally cultivated a yellow rose with its charming sweet-and-spicy scent. Aha! The perfect yellow rose was born! This why the highest compliment a Texan can offer his beloved is that she is his “yellow rose of Texas”–the best woman he’s ever met!
Passion, Enthusiasm, Desire, Fascination
Additional meanings: ‘”I’m proud of you”
• Peach Roses: Let’s Get Together, Appreciation, Sincerity, Gratitude
• Pale Peach Roses: Modesty
• Coral Roses: Desire
Sunsets. Citrus fruits. What do they have in common? The color orange! Orange is often the color of roses used for spring, summer, fall, beach, dessert, and winery weddings.
Orange is one of the newest rose colors, having first been cultivated in the 20th. century. Realizing that orange is on the color wheel between red and yellow, skilled gardeners created an orange rose—a beautiful, refreshing look for roses!
When it comes the meaning of orange roses, that too falls right between yellow and red by merging the meanings of love and friendship. An orange rose is more subtle than a red rose and bolder than a yellow rose. An orange rose is intriguing because it communicates a love which grows out of friendship—you are your beloved’s only love and your beloved’s best friend.
Considering that orange roses range from the softest coral to a blazing, fiery orange, you might think that the orange rose is the wild child of the rose family. Orange roses communicate enthusiasm, passion, elegance, energy, and gratitude.
Enchantment, Love at First Sight, Majesty, Splendor
Visually stunning, very distinctive, and very rare, lavender roses come in a range of eye-catching hues from the most delicate lilac to a vibrant purple.
When were the first lavender roses grown? There are Old Garden species as well as modern rose hybrids, miniature rose bushes and larger, long stemmed, single bloom flowered. (While lavender roses are expertly cultivated today, this author’s Great Aunt Ruth accidentally grew a lovely lavender rose in the 1960’s by adding too much potassium to the soil around a white rose. The next batch of roses were all lavender and the flower committee at church was incredibly grateful for the donated lavender roses!)
Like purple roses, lavender roses are associated with royalty, regal majesty, and splendor. This beautiful color is infused with a sense of magic, wonder, and impossibility. Being a rare color, they symbolize that rarest kind of love: love at first sight.