Rose/Flower Ceremony

rose-flower-ceremonyA Rose/Flower ceremony is a romantic way for the bride and groom to exchange their first gifts as husband and wife.

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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.”

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

So it is appropriate that for your first gift – as husband and wife – that gift would be a single rose.

Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife. (couple exchanges roses)

In some ways it seems like you have not done anything at all. Just a moment ago you were holding one small rose – and now you are holding one small rose. In some ways, a marriage ceremony is like this.

In some ways, tomorrow is going to seem no different than yesterday.

But in fact today, just now, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life – one I hope you always remember – the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.

Bride and Groom, I would ask that where ever you make your home in the future – whether it be a large and elegant home – or a small and graceful one – 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 where it is difficult to find the right words. It is easiest to hurt those who we most love.

It is easiest to be hurt by those who we most love.

It might be difficult some time to be able to express the words “I am sorry” or “I forgive you” or “I need you” or “I am hurting”.

If this should happen, if you simply can not find these words, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have selected – for that rose than says what matters most of all and should overpower all other things and all other words.

That rose 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.

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GROOM (handing BRIDE a long-stemmed white rose):
Accept this rose as a symbol of my love.
Like our love, it has blossomed from a tiny bud to a breathtaking thing of beauty.

BRIDE (placing the rose into a vase filled with water):
I accept this rose, symbolic of your love, placing it into water, a symbol of life.
Without water, this rose will wither and die.  Without you, I will do the same.

GROOM: Once a year I will give you another beautiful white rose, to affirm our love and the vows spoken here today.

BRIDE: And once a year I will refill this vase with water, to receive the symbol of our love, and to affirm the vows spoken here today.

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There are two kinds of family — the family you are born into and the family you choose through friendship and special relationship.

BRIDE and GROOM are blessed with both these families.

This ceremony seeks to honor the continuity as well as the growth and possibilities of these relationships.

In honor of the love they feel towards the loving people in their lives, they invite some of these special individuals to place a flower in this vase to create a garden of love for us all.

As each of them places their flower in a single vase, it will create a new and fuller garden.

Each flower represents an individual, the floral arrangement the interrelationship of these family members and friends.

May your relationships continue to grow and blossom.

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BRIDE and GROOM, today you have exchanged your gifts of wedding rings — an outward expression of your 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.

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.

BRIDE and GROOM, 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.

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It is now my privilege to be the first to address you as husband and wife. In the language of flowers, a red rose is the symbol of love.

Will you please exchange your roses? In this exchange, you have given to each other your first gift as husband and wife.

And it would be our hope that where you may make your home, there will be a specially appointed place in it for red roses.

And on each anniversary of today you celebrate it, at least in part, by each of you bringing a rose to the appointed place, understanding that this rose is a restatement of love, and as an acknowledgement of the vows you have made.

In every marriage it is occasionally difficult to find words to resolve certain issues which may arise.

If and when such issues might come to your marriage, if either of you will remember and bring to the appointed place a red rose, the other will see it and understand it as a statement of love and accept it, because love is the gateway to all answers.

Corinthians: “Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one.

Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, and not quick to take offense.

Love keeps no score of wrongs; it does not gloat over the other’s mistakes, but delights in the truth.

There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, hope and its endurance. In a word, there are three great things that last forever:

Faith, hope and love… and the greatest of these is love.”

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In the elegant language of flowers red roses are a symbol of love, 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 would be the gift of a single red rose.

Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife.

You both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life – one I hope you always remember – the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage. BRIDE and GROOM, I would ask that wherever you may make your home, that you choose a special location.

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 al other words… “I still love you”; The other should accept this rose for the words that cannot be found, and remember the love and hope that you both have shared today.