There are several ways to utilize the rose ceremony. There are several option here but of course, the limit is only your imagination...
__ and ___ , today you have exchanged your gifts of wedding rings -- an outward expression of you undying love and a public showing of your commitment to each other. You are also going to receive another gift from each other.
Roses have always been a symbol of love, and a single red rose always says, "I love you." So it is appropriate that your next gift to each other on your wedding day, be a single red rose. Please exchange roses.
In some ways it seems that you have not done anything at all. A moment ago you held one small rose, and now you are holding another. A marriage ceremony is like this.
In some ways tomorrow is going to seem no different than yesterday. But in fact, just now, you have both given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life -- one I hope you always remember. You have exchanged the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.
__ and __, I would ask that where ever you make your home in the future, whether it be a large and grand home or a small and graceful one, that you both pick one very special location for roses.
In every marriage there are times where it is difficult to find the right words to say what's in your heart. It might be hard sometimes to say "I'm sorry", "I forgive you"; "I need you" or "I am hurting." If this should happen and you just cannot find these words, leave your spouse a rose in that special spot.
That rose says the words: "I still love you." The other can accept this rose for the words that cannot be found, and remember that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make it a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage shall endure.
For the Mothers of the Bride and Groom
This is usually done at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. Either the bride and groom can offer a rose to each mother after the presentation of the bride, or they can give a rose at the beginning of the ceremony after prompting by the wedding officiant.
This is often kept a secret from the family until the roses are presented.
"This wedding celebration is a joining of two unique families who stood separate until today. Today we unite these families by the marriage of BRIDE and GROOM. BRIDE and GROOM would each like to honor the separateness of their families and now, the togetherness, with the giving of a rose to their mothers. They would also like to aknowledge the love and sacrifice that each mother has made to make her children who they are today - - a man and woman who are ready to be in a committed, loving marriage of their own." (Bride and Groom, together, present a rose to each mother)
The Wedding Rose
This is a part of the wedding ceremony that takes place usually after the wedding vows. The Wedding Officiant or the Maid of Honor and Best Man can offer the rose to the Bride and the Groom at the appropriate moment.
Officiant: After the exchanging of rings, your first gift to each other, as husband and wife, is a single rose. The rose is a symbol of love so it is a appropriate that it is your first gift.
Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife. (GROOM GIVES A ROSE TO BRIDE.)
GROOM: (Bride's name) I give you this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny, tightly closed bud and blossomed into this perfect rose that opened with the warmth of the sun, just as my love for you has grown in the warmth of your soul.
(BRIDE GIVES A ROSE TO GROOM.)
BRIDE: (Groom's name) I give you this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny, tightly closed bud and blossomed into this perfect rose that opened with the warmth of the sun, just as my love for you has grown in the warmth of your soul.
Officiant: GROOM and BRIDE, in remembrance of this day, as a reaffirmation of your love and of the vows you have spoken here today please give each other a single red rose each year on your anniversary. In the best of marriages there are difficult times. There are times of hurtful words, times of neglect, times when we must wait patiently to be together again. Those may be times when the words you really need to speak are difficult. I ask that you remember this moment and that when words fail you, that you place a single rose on your spouse's pillow as a way to say, "I remember our vow," and "I love you". Let this exchanging of roses be the beginning of a lifelong tradition of unspoken love.
__________ and __________, you will remember this day for the rest of your lives. Those of us who are already married know that marriage, like life, brings with it many joys and also many challenges. We also know that love, while beautiful, does not always show its prettiest face. There are days when we may find it hard to express the depth of our love for one another. It is my hope and prayer that the two of you will set aside a special place in your home for roses, ancient symbols of love. When words fail you, or when the challenges of life or marriage begin to weigh on you, go out and get a rose, and put it in that special place in your home, so that the other will be reminded of this moment, and of the love you feel for one another. As a token of that love, I would like to ask you to make these roses your first gifts to one another as a married couple.
Roses of Two Colors
Groom (as he hands his bride a long-stemmed white rose): (Name) take this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny bud and blossomed, just as my love has grown and blossomed for you. Bride (as she places the rose into a bud vase filled with water): "I take this rose, a symbol of your love, and I place it into water, a symbol of life. For, just as this rose cannot survive without water, I cannot survive without you." Groom: In remembrance of this day, I will give you a white rose each year on our anniversary, as a reaffirmation of my love and the vows spoken here today. Bride: And I will refill this vase with water each year, ready to receive your gift, in reaffirmation of the new life you have given me and the vows spoken here today. Groom (as he and his bride join hands around the rose-filled vase): And so, this rose will be a symbolic memory of my commitment to you this hour; I vow to be a faithful husband to you, to comfort you, honour you, respect you and cherish you for as long as we live. Bride: (as they continue to hold the vase together): And I commit myself to you, to be a faithful wife, to comfort you, honour you, respect you and cherish you for as long as we live.