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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.

Mark Hawkins Photography

Memory arrangement from ceremony to reception

Mark Hawkins Photograph | Sequins and Candy Photography

Sew a piece of a loved ones clothing into your dress

Jessica Schmitt Photography | Jubilant Wares on ETSY | KCowie on ETSY

Bouquet charms with photos of loved ones

The Little Craft Closet on ETSY | jYOUlry on ETSY | Perfect Pendents Plus on ETSY

Bracelet: JoDene Moneuse Jewerly on ETSY | Photo via Sewwoodsy.com | Mr & Mrs Adams

Engraved jewelry, photo memory candles, reserving a seat for a loved one

 Family Attic on ETSY | Limited Lane on ETSY | Family Attic on ETSY

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

The Cohens Photography | photo via First Coast Weddings

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

 Suggs Photography via Iloveswmag.com

 Family heirlooms


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? 

 

3 Comments

  1. I love integrating family heirlooms into a wedding. A union of new families definitely is more powerful when you’re bringing in important parts of your own family traditions at the ceremony.

  2. Brit
    11:08 pm on October 29th, 2012

    I love this. There are so many ways to honor loved ones, and incorporating elements that are personal are such a great way to allow them to be a part of your day.

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