Rose Ceremony

The Meaning Behind Adding A Rose Ceremony To Your Wedding Vows

The Rose Ceremony for the two of you or to honor your mothers.

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There are two loving ways to add the Rose Ceremony into your wedding ceremony.

The first version is for the couple.

The Rose Ceremony is something that will last forever in your marriage.

This can be added to your wedding ceremony right after you exchange your vows.

It is actually the first gift that you give to each other as husband and wife.

Here is a sample of the Rose Ceremony:

“Your gift to each other 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. As husband and wife, your second gift to each other will be a single rose.

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

So it is fitting that your first gift to each other as husband and wife would be a single rose.

Please exchange your your first gift of love as husband and wife.

(Sometimes a special song can be played at this point).

In a way it seems like you have not done anything at all. Just a moment ago you were holding one small rose – and now you are still holding one small rose. But in fact, 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 your marriage.

In every marriage there are times where it is difficult to find the right words. It is easiest to hurt who we most love and it is easiest to be most hurt by who we most love. Itcan be difficult some time to words to say “I am sorry” or “I forgive you”; “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 can not be found, and remember the love and hope that you both share today. __________ and ________, if there is anything you remember of today, 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.”

The Rose Ceremony is also a way to create an everlasting way to say “I’m sorry and I love you” by bringing a rose to your spouse. It will bring you back to the very first time you exchanged roses on your wedding day and help you create a wonderful tradition.

The second version of the Rose Ceremony is to honor your Mothers on your wedding day.

Mothers do so much for us and you can make it a memorable moment and honor them by choosing to add a Rose Ceremony to honor both of your mothers. alt="rose ceremony wedding vows"

The Mothers’ Rose Ceremony, which is also known as The Rose Presentation,   occurs near the beginning of the ceremony, and is especially sweet and touching when it’s a surprise for the Moms! The couple places two roses with a ribbon tied around them and laid on the ceremonial table in the front. You can use any flower, however the Rose  is a universal symbol of love and can be pressed really easily in a book for a keepsake. (Moms love to do this!)

Usually the Rose Ceremony Honoring Mothers comes  just after the officiant’s welcome,  blessing and presentation of the bride and the couple will present the moms with the rose. The Officiant then tells the mothers how important they have been in the lives of their children etc…  It also can be done right after a unity candle ceremony.

You may also write notes of love and gratitude, rolled up like scrolls, and attached to the roses with a ribbon. In these letters you can tell your mothers how much they mean to you, tell them how much they have contributed to your lives, and thank them.

The Rose Ceremony Honoring Mothers really sets the stage for a wonderfully emotional and powerful ceremony. And the public affirmation of their importance make moms cry every time. It is important that your minister or officiant knows the importance of the words here. They should be really touching and powerful.

The Rose Ceremony Honor Your Mothers and can also be incorporated as a Remembrance too! Sometimes, I have also had brides place a rose on a chair for their Mother or for the Groom’s Mother if they have passed away and even though this is difficult, it is a perfect way to honor your Mother.

You can alter this if you are not having a religious wedding ceremony.


We gather here today, in the presence of God and friends to join Groom and Bride in matrimony. We celebrate the coming together in love of this woman and this man. We remember that marriage is a time when growing love is made public, when two people share mutual promises before God and before us. We join in our support of them as they offer themselves to each other. We celebrate their joy, their love and their expectations.

Groom and Bride would like to thank each one of you for sharing this happiest of days with them. They would also like to acknowledge those who are here in spirit today, especially _____and ____, whose love and support will be felt by Groom and Bride always.

Invocation (this is the beginning prayer to “invoke” or ask God to be present and bless this service, if desired)


Let us pray

God, for the joy of this occasion we thank you. For the meaning of this wedding day we thank you. For this important moment in an ever growing relationship we thank you. For your presence here and now and for your presence at all times, we thank you.

Groom and Bride, today you stand before us ready to share the rest of your lives together as a married couple. 

But long before today your parents provided you with a foundation of love and caring which has brought you to this point.

At this time Groom and Bride would like to acknowledge the love and sacrifice that each mother has made to make their children who they are today….a man and a woman who are ready to be committed, in a loving marriage of their own… They honor their mothers with the symbolic gift of beauty, the giving of a rose. 

(Bride and groom each present a rose to their mother-then return in front of officiant)