The rose is intricately connected to our idea of both
love and beauty. It has a special place in spiritual
traditions and folklore throughout the centuries, being
associated with many goddesses in the ancient world,
including Venus/Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and also
with Cupid. So it is no wonder that while, for thousands
of years, flowers have been incorporated in wedding
ceremonies as symbols of fertility and to ward off evil
spirits the rose has a special place in weddings as a
universal symbol of love.
We incorporate roses in weddings in a variety of ways,
including petal tosses, bouquets, and boutonnieres, as
well as in corsages for the mothers and other honoured
Adding a Rose Ceremony, where roses are exchanged or
given as tokens of love and appreciation, a ritual that
is a relatively recent invention, will add a touch of
the unexpected to your ceremony.
There are two common versions of the Rose Ceremony
- The couple give each other a rose, usually after
they have exchanged rings
- The couple give their mothers a rose, usually
early in the ceremony
In both cases the words that accompany the giving of the
roses are very important.
While many celebrants offer a "standard" version, there
is is no ‘correct’ way to structure or interpret either
type of rose ceremony. I create the specifics of the
ritual and the words that go with it individually
for each couple, taking into account your family
circumstances and your vision for your ceremony.