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,
Tomorrow is going to seem no different than yesterday.
But in fact, today,
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 truth and abiding love
Within the devotion of marriage.
GROOM and BRIDE,
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 recommitment to your marriage
and a recommitment 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
Who we most love.
It is easiest to be most hurt
By who we most love.
It might be difficult some time
To find the words to say “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you”;
“I need you” or “I am hurting”.
If this should happen,
If you simply cannot find these words,
Leave a rose at that spot
Which both of you have selected –
For that rose then 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 cannot be found,
And remember the love and hope
That you both share today.
GROOM and BRIDE,
If there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony,
It is that it was love that brought you here today,
It is love which can make it a glorious union,
And it is by love which your marriage shall endure.