One of the greatest struggles couples can have when planning their wedding is how to honor a lost loved one on their special day. Deciding how to acknowledge this person’s absence will be difficult – should you share it publicly for your guests to share or privately for you alone. I’ve been there – Saturday marked 5 years since my father passed away and today actually happens to be his birthday. (Happy 62nd Birthday Dad!) If you had read our real wedding post by Natalie, you would know that including him into our special day was a huge part of our wedding planning process. I wanted to remember him in a way that did not dampen the celebratory spirit of our wedding, but was more than a program mention. Wearing my parents rings around my bouquet, and having a memory arrangement with a special quote were just a few ways that I was able to include my dad on our wedding day. Below are just a few more ideas of how you can carry on the legacy of a loved one while you begin a new chapter of your own.
Memory arrangement from ceremony to reception
Sew a piece of a loved ones clothing into your dress
Bouquet charms with photos of loved ones
Engraved jewelry, photo memory candles, reserving a seat for a loved one
Special quotes and signage for ceremony or reception decor
Your Picture Story on ETSY
Memory quote photo frame for decor or as a special gift
Personalized wedding favors – family favorite recipes, forget-me-nots
Left Photos via Bow Ties and Bliss | Right Photo: personal via Jen Wentz Meador on Pinterest
Photo displays of loved ones
There are a ton of amazing ways in which you can remember loved ones who are not present on your wedding day. What special ways to you plan on remember your loved ones?