The Rose Gift is usually placed near the beginning of the ceremony, just after the officiant's
welcoming statements and introduction to the ceremony.
Officiant: This wedding is also a celebration of family. It is the blending of two families, separate up
to this moment, but united from this day forward -- blending their different traditions, strengthening
the family tree. Parents plant so that their children may harvest.
Groom and Bride wish to honor this blending of the families by presenting a rose to their mothers --
Bride & Groom exchange hugs with her parents and present a rose to her mother.
Bride & Groom exchange hugs with his parents and present a rose to his mother.
This Rose Ceremony is usually placed near the end of the ceremony, just before you are pronounced
husband and wife.
Officiant: In the elegant language of flowers, red roses are a symbol of love, and the giving of a single
red rose is a clear and unmistakable way of saying the words "I love you." For this reason it is fitting
that the first gift you exchange as husband and wife be the gift of a single red rose.
Groom takes one of the roses and presents it to the Bride, saying:
[Bride], take this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny bud and blossomed, just as my love
has blossomed and grown for you.
Bride takes the other rose and presents it to the Groom, saying...
[Groom], take this rose as a symbol of my love. Once closed so tightly, it opened to the warmth of the
sun, just as my heart has opened to the warmth of your kindness.
Officiant: [Groom] and [Bride], in remembrance of this day, I would ask as a reaffirmation of your
love and of the vows you have spoken here today that you give each other a single red rose each year
on your anniversary.
In every marriage there are times when it is difficult to find the right words. So, I would also ask that
wherever you may make your home, that you choose a special spot. And at those times when words
fail, that you leave a red rose at that spot you have both selected -- a rose that will say what matters
more than all other words..."I love you."
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