Weddings are a time to celebrate new beginnings and love but it can be hard to feel that excitement and joy when a special someone or someones have passed away before you walk down the aisle.
Losing a loved one is ALWAYS difficult - especially when you have to cope with the fact that they will not be present for your wedding day. Lets face it, there is no way to truly fill the place of family members or friends that are unable to attend your wedding day, but, there are many ways to honor their memory as you start this next chapter of your life. Keep in mind, just like everything else on our blog, we encourage you to find a way to honor and acknowledge your loved ones in the way that feels right to you!
1. Create a photo memory table to be displayed at the ceremony or reception area.
This is one of the most common and subtle ways to pay tribute to family members and friends that have passed. By placing a photo of your loved one on display it is not only a great way to visually honor their memory it is a way for your guests to be able to pay tribute. Including a sign either listing them by name or a simple saying such as “ We know you would be here today, if heaven wasn’t so far away” is a great way to acknowledge the purpose of the photos.
2. Light a candle or lantern during your ceremony in their honor.
This is a great way to incorporate your lost loved one into your ceremony. By taking a moment to light a candle or lantern with your new spouse is a way for you to take a moment to celebrate, acknowledge, and honor all of the people that are there with you in spirit.
3. Decorate an empty chair at the ceremony and reception.
By leaving an empty chair at the ceremony and reception area is another visual but subtle way to commemorate all of the people that are unable to physically attend your wedding day. Some people may even choose to display a picture of the family member or friend on the chair that was meant for them to give an even more public acknowledgement of who that seat was intended for.
4. Wearing their jewelry, perfume/cologne, cuff links, or picture as you walk down the aisle.
There is no better way to truly feel connected to your loved one on your wedding day than by incorporating one of their personal belongings into your wedding day attire. While this is a much more personal and subtle way in honoring their memory, it can make you feel even more connected to them as you prepare for one of the biggest moments of your life.
5. Have a memorial tribute in your ceremony programs or mention them during a speech.
This is one of the most public ways you can acknowledge and honor your missing loved one. By telling a funny story or simply mentioning their name in your ceremony program it gives guests an ability to honor their memory with you.