Romantic Rose Ceremony
Updated: Feb 9
The rose ceremony is a specialty ceremony that can enhance your wedding ceremony. The romantic exchange is popular choice for elopements in Charleston, SC! You do not need a table or other cumbersome supplies. For photo purposes, we recommend the roses different colors. You can explore all the different specialty ceremonies here.
The ceremony takes place after the exchange of rings. Here is the full wording to the ceremony. (Many couples like to condense it down for elopements.)
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 rose. Please exchange your roses.
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.
Here is a Christian version of the rose ceremony wording:
It is now my privilege to be the first to address you as husband and wife. In the language of flowers, a 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, 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 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.”