There are a number of variations to this beautiful, meaningful ritual which represents the gift of love. To perform a Rose Ceremony, three vases are placed on the ceremony table, one large central vase and two smaller vases on either side. The rose has always been the flower that represents love and this ceremony symbolises the couple’s love for each other and also the joining of two families.
A Rose Ceremony may involve just the Bride and Groom, where they present a red rose to each other as their first gift after being pronounced as husband and wife.
However, it is equally wonderful when this ceremony involves guests, typically female family members, although any guests can take part. The chosen guests are invited to join the bride and groom in the ceremony area and they are each presented with a single rose, these can be the same colour as the couple’s roses, or the couple may choose different colours for each side of the family, or for different family members.
The Bride and Groom then place their roses in the side vases and the family members then approach one by one and place their roses in the central vase which symbolises the joining together of two families. The Bride and Groom then take their individual roses from the side vases and exchange them as their first gift to each other as husband and wife and then place them in the large central vase to symbolise family unity.