Rose Ceremony

In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a Rose. Two roses are all that is necessary. The Rose Ceremony is placed at the end of the ceremony just before being pronounced husband and wife. In the old language of flowers, a single red rose always meant "I love you". The Rose ceremony gives recognition to the new and most honorable title of "Husband and Wife".

Your gift to each other for your wedding today has been your wedding rings which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect, and a public showing of your commitment to each other.

You now have what remains the most honorable title which may exist between a man and a woman – the title of “husband” and “wife.” For your first gift as husband and wife, that gift will be a single rose.

In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose always meant one thing – the words “I love you.”

Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife.

(Bride) and (Groom), I would ask that wherever you make your home in the future that you both pick one very special location for roses so that on each anniversary of this truly wonderful occasion you both may take a rose to that spot both as a recommitment to your marriage and a recommitment that this will be a marriage based upon love.

In every marriage there are times when it is difficult to find the right words. It is easiest to hurt and be hurt by who we most love. It might be difficult sometime to say “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you”; “I need you” or “I am hurting.” If this should happen, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have selected for that rose then says the words, “I still love you.” The other should accept this rose for the words which cannot be found, and remember the love and hope that you both share today.

(Bride) and (Groom), if there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony, it is 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.

It is the bride and groom's responsibility to purchase the single roses for the Rose Ceremony.