I find the rose ceremony to be one of elegance and grace. In the rose ceremony, roses, of any shade but red, are handed out to special guests as they arrive. Two long stem red roses sit at the altar table beside an empty vase. During the ceremony, the officiant will instruct all those who have a rose to please come forward and place it in the vase. As the roses are being brought forth, the officiant will explain that these roses represent the trials and tribulations of marriage. They are your good times and bad, your joys as well as your sorrows, they are your arguments and your resolutions, they are your patience, frustrations, kindness and understanding. After the guest roses are in place the couple will each pick up a red rose from the altar. The officiant will then speak of the red rose. It is the symbol of love. The couple will exchange the roses, giving to each other the gift of love. They will then place them into the vase among all the other roses. This is to represent that through the good, bad, easy, hard, complexities, simplicities, paradoxes and ordinaries of marriage... it is your gift of LOVE to each other that keeps it all together and binds you forever.
I believe in the ceremony of things. I believe in making personal occasions PERSONAL.