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)
Or you may decide to give the rose as your first gift to each other.
After the exchanging of rings, your first gift to each other, as husband and wife, is a single rose. The rose is a symbol of love so it is appropriate that it is your first gift.
Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife. (GROOM GIVES A ROSE TO BRIDE.)
(Repeat after officiant these words)
GROOM: (Bride’s name) I give you this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny, tightly closed bud and blossomed into this perfect rose that opened with the warmth of the sun, just as my love for you has grown in the warmth of your soul.
(BRIDE GIVES A ROSE TO GROOM.)
BRIDE: (Groom’s name) I give you this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny, tightly closed bud and blossomed into this perfect rose that opened with the warmth of the sun, just as my love for you has grown in the warmth of your soul.
GROOM and BRIDE, in remembrance of this day, as a reaffirmation of your love and of the vows you have spoken here today please give each other a single red rose each year on your anniversary. In the best of marriages there are difficult times. There are times of hurtful words, times of neglect, times when we must wait patiently to be together again. Those may be times when the words you really need to speak are difficult. I ask that you remember this moment and that when words fail you, that you place a single rose on your spouse’s pillow as a way to say, “I remember our vow,” and “I love you”. Let this exchanging of roses be the beginning of a lifelong tradition of unspoken love.