Arrange with your florist to have two extra red roses, complete with baby’s breath and ribbon, placed at the back of your bridal bouquet. As you make your way to the alter, stop and present one rose to your mother along with a kiss and say, “I love you, mom.”
When the ceremony is over and you are walking arm-in-arm with your new husband, stop and repeat this gesture of love and respect with your mother-in-law. As you hand her the rose, you may want to add, “I’m happy to be a part of the family.”
This gesture is especially effective if neither mother knows you will be doing this. What a nice surprise! This honourable tribute not only will fill your mothers’ hearts with joy and pride, but it will also set the tone of the relationship you establish with your new mother-in-law, a harmonious bond that will last forever.
NOTE: This is not called “The Rose Ceremony.” It is simply a way for the Bride to recognize her mother and the mother of the Groom.
There is a “Rose Ceremony” that is an add-on ceremony at the wedding ceremony. For information please refer to the actual “Rose Ceremony” document.
NOTE: If either of the Bride or Groom’s mother or father (or Grandparents) are deceased, a nice gesture is to lay a “white” rose on an empty chair. Presenting a white rose indicates that someone has passed on. Red roses are for the living.