13 Easy Ways to Honor and Acknowledge Deceased Loved Ones at Your Wedding

Weddings are joyous occasions filled with happiness and celebration. But they can also be bittersweet when there is special loved one who did not live to see your special day.

Many couples choose to honor those who are no longer with us on their wedding day. They want to honor and remember the deceased loved ones without getting too maudlin and melancholy.

There are several thoughtful and touching ways to honor those who are with us only in spirit.

You can:

  • Wear a necklace or ring that belonged to the person (for a man, wear a tie or cufflinks that belonged to the person)
  • Wear a locket with a photo of the special person, or pin it to your bouquet or your groom’s boutonnierephoto locket photo credit: jessica wilson {jek in the box} via photopin cc
    {original photo was cropped}
  • Carry your grandmother’s handkerchief
  • Have a special memorial table with photos of those you wish to honor
  • Light a candle in their memorymemorial candlesphoto credit: Anne Ruthmann via photopin cc
  • Include their favorite flower in your bouquet
  • Have your officiant can lead your guests in a moment of silence
  • Include an “In Loving Memory” section in your wedding programin memory programphoto credit: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) via photopin cc
  • Place an empty chair at the ceremony to represent those who are not there (You may attach a small sign to the chair explaining its significance if you want)
  • Play a song that was a favorite of the person you want to honor
  • Have someone recite a poem that was a favorite of the person
  • Make a toast in their memory with that person’s favorite drink
  • In lieu of favors, make a donation in their honor

donation - willow glen stationery


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