I like the idea of personalizing my ceremony. At first, i thought it would be nice to throw something into the ocean...as an offering or something. Like shells, or rocks, or crystals. (Which, we still might do, only...maybe in private.)
I found this ceremony, that I am going to tweak a bit. I really love the idea of...when you are steaming mad and being stubborn, and not wanting to say sorry....a rose says it for you.
The Rose Exchange
In the elegant language of flowers, red roses are a symbol of love; the giving of a single red rose is a clear and unmistakable way of saying the words "I love you." For this reason it is fitting that the first gift you exchange as husband and wife would be the gift of a single red rose. Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife. You both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life - one I hope you always remember - the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.
In every marriage there are times when it is difficult to find the right words, and the ones we love the most are the ones we can most easily hurt. There are times when it may be difficult to say "I'm sorry" or "I forgive you" or "I need you" or "I'm hurting."
______ and ______ I would ask that wherever you may make your home, that you choose a special location. And at those times when words fail, that you leave a red rose at that spot you have both selected -- a rose that will say what matters more than all other words..."I still love you; The other should accept this rose for the words that cannot be found, and remember the love and hope that you both have shared today.
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