The rose is a symbol of love. Add those words to your ceremony:
Officiant: 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 the roses as your first gift to each other as husband and wife.
Officiant: 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 rose each year on your wedding 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 to say, “I love you.” Let this exchange of roses be the beginning a lifelong tradition of unspoken love.
Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Love richens our experience, and fills our lives with meaning. It gives us a firm base from which to grow, to learn, and change. Let your relationship and your love for each other be like this tree you plant today. Let it grow tall and strong. Let it stand tall during the harsh winds and rains and storms, and come through unscathed. Like a tree, your marriage must be resilient. It must weather the challenges of daily life and the passage of time. And just like the tree you are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment. Bride and Groom, would you please water the sapling? Remember to nourish each other, with words of encouragement, trust, and love. This is needed on a daily basis so you each can grow and reach your fullest potential – just like this tree. The Bride and Groom will plant this tree in their backyard to always be a symbol of their love for each other.
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