In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a red rose bud. Two red rose buds are all that is necessary. If you have children
involved in the ceremony, you may have a rose for each of them too. The Rose Ceremony is placed near the end of the ceremony just "after"
being pronounced husband and wife.
This ceremony is what I call an "add-on" ceremony. It is intended to be added into the wedding or renewal of vows ceremony.
In the old language of flowers, a single red rose has always meant "I love you". The Rose ceremony gives recognition to the new and most
honorable title of "Wife and Husband".
This ceremony originates in a classic rose ceremony from a lost and elegant age. It was rewritten by the Hon. Mark Ovard and rewritten
again by us explaining the true meaning of the ceremony - and in ways that can endure through your married life together - this is a unique
and meaningful addition to any marriage ceremony. It will also inspire your guests.
Hot Idea: Here is our new twist to this ceremony. As the couple exits the alter area some will often walk to their mothers and present the
rose buds to them immediately following the ceremony. The groom hands the mother of the bride his rose, and the bride hands her rose
bud to the groom's mother, whispering "I love you," or "I'm happy to be a part of the family," (perhaps a brief hug would be nice) before
proceeding with their exit - knowing that love is not love until you give it away! This is a nice way of involving the mothers in the
ceremony. Chose to not tell the mothers if you will be doing this - let it be a surprise. Be sure to tell the photographer. You will want to
capture this special moment.
NOTE: Red roses can also be used as simply a way for the Bride to recognize her mother and the mother of the Groom during the wedding
ceremony. This rose honorarium is not to be confused with "The Rose Ceremony" above.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.