Roses are traditional expressions of love. For mothers, any color rose is fine, including red. Moms from Texas often appreciate yellow roses. Be sure to cut off the thorns so Moms can grab them safely. One rose for each Mom (possibly also Mom, stepmom, grammas etc) is fine, more can also be given. The bride can just give them to Moms as she walks down the aisle, but most couples prefer to give the roses after the vows and rings during the ceremony itself. Other flowers are of course fine as well. Make sure neither Mom has bad allergies to the flowers you choose (lilies are especially allergenic). If one Mom has passed away, a rose in her memory can be placed in an empty front row seat.
Roses to Mothers or other family members
Marriage is a coming together of two lives, and a celebration of the love of two people. But it is more. The love that you feel for one another is the flowering of a seed your mothers planted in your hearts many years ago. When you were first born, you were a bundle of diapers and tears, and your mothers lost sleep caring for you. Their love for you has brought them great happiness and great challenges, and their love did not diminish as they met these challenges. That is the great lesson you can bring into your marriage. As you embrace one another in your love, so too do you embrace the families which have been brought together on this happy occasion. As a token of your gratitude for your families, I would like to ask you to offer these symbols of eternal love, these roses, to your mothers. (Both bride and groom can hand the roses to each mother together, offering the mothers kisses if they wish.)
Roses to One Another
___________ and __________, you will remember this day for the rest of your lives. Those of us who are already married know that marriage, like life, brings with it many joys and also many challenges. We also know that love, while beautiful, does not always show its prettiest face. There are days when we may find it hard to express the depth of our love for one another. It is my hope and prayer that the two of you will set aside a special place in your home for roses, ancient symbols of love. When words fail you, or when the challenges of life or marriage begin to weigh on you, go out and get a rose, and put it in that special place in your home, so that the other will be reminded of this moment, and of the love you feel for one another. As a token of that love, I would like to ask you to make these roses your first gifts to one another as a married couple.