Remembering Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

Heartfelt ways to honor those who have passed away at the ceremony or reception.

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A wedding is a celebration of the love between two people. It’s also a celebration of the love that the bride and groom share with their family and friends, which is why many couples choose to honor loved ones who have passed away. Here are some simple, heartfelt gestures that will keep special memories alive as you say, “I do”:

Wear a meaningful piece of jewelry
Donning a piece of your loved one’s jewelry — whether it’s a small pin or an engagement ring — can keep you feeling connected to them throughout the day. Every time your eye catches it, you’ll be reminded of its previous owner.

Incorporate initials
Ask your tailor to sew the initials of your dearly departed on the back or inside of your gown. You can also have them sewn on fabric to wrap around your bouquet. The groom can have initials sewn in his pocket square or on band holding his boutonniere together.

Make a program mention
A photo and some words about your loved one in the program will give everyone the opportunity to see that person’s face and recall fond memories.

Light a candle
During the ceremony, light a candle and have a brief moment of prayer, or silence, in honor of anyone who isn’t or can’t be present. Ask that everyone think of some of their favorite memories of that person and reflect in their own way.

Read a poem or lyrics
Recite his favorite poem or the lyrics of a cherished song. Chances are, it will be something that guests will remember about him, too.

Release balloons or lanterns
Gather everyone together after your ceremony and write the names of those you wish to honor on balloons or sky lanterns. Form a large circle and send the sweet symbols into the air together.

Play a favorite song
Was grandma an Elvis fan? Or, did your uncle always croon Frank Sinatra? Play the music that brought your loved one happiness. Consider an upbeat song as it will get guests dancing, smiling, and celebrating the person they miss.

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