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
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.
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.
Jinger and Michael, 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 re-commitment to your
marriage - and a re-commitment 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 we most love. It is easiest to be most hurt by those we most
It might be difficult some time to find the 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 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.
Jinger and Michael, if there is anything you remember from this marriage ceremony, I
hope you 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."
|The Rose Ceremony is simple yet
profoundly moving. The bride and
groom exchange two roses,
symbolizing the giving and
receiving of their love for each
other throughout their entire
married life. The Rose Ceremony
also conveys how to use the rose
and its symbolism in difficult times
in order to forgive each other.
This ceremony is after the
pronouncement of Husband and
Wife and after the kiss.
|"Making the World More Beautiful, Two Special People at a Time."