Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Of course, you would want to celebrate it with your loved ones. It might be difficult to relish this milestone in the absence of someone very dear to you, and it is valid to feel so.
Fortunately, there are numerous ways to help you feel their presence during your special day. We know how important it is to plan the moments and gestures to pay homage to them. So, here’s a list of simple but meaningful ideas to include your loved ones who may not be physically present during this occasion.
Wedding Memorial Ideas: Remembering Loved Ones Who Can’t Be There
An interactive way to pay homage to someone is to include them in the program. Find an appropriate spot to write a sincere phrase or message while not making it look like a funeral. Another way to do this is by simply adding an “In Loving Memory Of” or “In Remembrance Of” tribute on the card, along with the ceremony details. You can also incorporate them into the program by having a moment of silence or a short reflection at the start of the wedding ceremony or reception.
During your wedding preparations, you may think of ways to incorporate or pay tribute to that person in what you’ll be wearing during the ceremony. The first thing that comes to your mind might be wearing their wedding outfits.
Another way is by taking a piece of their clothing and having it sewn onto your dress or tux as an accent. The vignette of wearing their wedding outfit or incorporating a piece of their clothing to yours will help make their presence stronger while you are walking down the aisle.
Your wedding vow is one of the most important parts of the wedding ceremony. It is often the emotional part of it. While exchanging vows, you may show honor and remembrance by saying words like “we proudly say our vows in loving memory of you.” Just pour your heart out to your soon-to-be spouse as well as your deceased loved one. Say your vows as if they are listening and honor them with your sincerity.
Aside from your wedding flowers, make the area abloom with your loved one’s favorite flowers. If you’re not sure about what kind of flowers they liked, you can have ones that signify love and remembrance such as rosemary, gladiolus, and poppy. You can also incorporate these in your bridal bouquet just like what Meghan Markle did to pay tribute to the late Princess Diana, the mother of her groom.
Locket and Heirloom
There are many ways to incorporate a family heirloom and borrowed accessories. The most common way to do this is to include it in your ensemble. Wear their jewelry and accessories to make their memories more felt. You can also pin a small locket or ornament on the bride’s bouquet or on your outfit. You may also opt to wear a small locket during the ceremony. Doing this will make you feel as if they are with you on your special day.
Pictures allow us to remember a person more vividly. By putting pictures in certain areas, it will be easier for you to feel their presence. Display a framed family photo on your guestbook tables or have a separate table at the reception. Display your favorite pictures on a wall or create a photo installation so your guests can see their faces vividly. Using old photos is a nice way to help you reminisce.
Dedicate a seat
Honor your deceased loved ones’ by giving them a seat during the ceremony. In their special seats, put anything that represents them: an old suit/dress, framed photo, shoes, etc. Do not forget to add your favorite flowers as well.
Reception and a good toast
At the reception, give a memorable toast for them and light a candle in their honor. Have a toasting station for your late loved ones with their favorite wine or bourbon? During your speeches, mention them and share your favorite memories and stories about them. Play their favorite music and dance to it. Serve their favorite food and drinks.
Through these, you allow your guests to know who they are and their importance in your life.
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