A First Gift Exchange is the first gift a couple gives to one another. It is usually a single rose, but it does not have to be. It is an uncommon and very sweet way of affirming the nature of your relationship. It usually occurs right after the exchanging of the Rings. Feel free to chose a different flower or something else that represents you and your marriage.
Your gift to each other today has been your wedding rings – which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect; and a public showing of your commitment to each other.
As married spouses, your first gift to each other will be a single rose.
In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love, and a single rose always meant one thing…”I love you.” So it is fitting that for your first gift – as husband and wife – it would be a single rose.
Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife.
((Spouse1) and (Spouse2) pass a single rose to each other)
(Spouse2) and (Spouse1) I would ask that where ever you make your home in the future that you both pick one very special location for roses; so that on each anniversary of this truly wonderful occasion you both may take a rose to that spot both as a re-commitment to your marriage – and a re-commitment that THIS will be a marriage based upon love.
In every marriage there are times where it is difficult to find the right words.
It can be difficult some time to say the words “I am sorry” or “I forgive you”; “I need you” or “I am hurting”. If this should happen, if you simply can not find these words, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have selected – for that rose then says what matters most of all and should overpower all other things and all other words.
That rose says the words: “I still love you.”
The other should accept this rose for the words which can not be found, and remember the love and hope that you both share today.
(Spouse2) and (Spouse1) if there is anything you remember of today, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make it a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage shall endure.