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Loved Ones Remembered

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October 27, 2011

Bridal Bouquet Charm – Attach a photo charm or locket to your bridal bouquet, keeping your loved one close to you. If your father is the one you wish to remember, this could be a particularly meaningful way to pay tribute to him because he can still “walk you down the aisle”.

Accessories – Wearing something handed down from your mother, father, grandmother or grandfather such as a veil, gown, earrings or cuff links allows you to subtly honor them in your celebration while incorporating something old.

Candles - Candles are always a beautiful feature at any wedding and a lit candle is a symbol of life. They can also be used to celebrate your loved ones in a more private and personal manner. Couples can create a small table with photos, candles, vases of flowers or bouquets that can be set up at the ceremony or reception area, near the guestbook. A photo or label can be affixed on the bottom of each candle that includes the name of the person you are remembering - the candle light would represent the light of their life.

A Flower on an Empty Chair - Flowers are always a popular way to honor loved ones. One moving way is for the bride or groom to place a white rose in an empty chair (next to the aisle or in the first row) as they approach the altar. White roses are popular, but not a must. Perhaps you had a grandmother that loved Lilies of the valley or some other flower. One bride placed a single mini calla in her bouquet for each person she wanted to remember.

 

Loving Words- Your  officiant is an excellent one to bring loved ones to mind. She can recite a poem or briefly tell a story about your loved ones. You may also want to dedicate a page to them in your program.

Music- If you have a friend or family member that sings well, a moving tribute is to have them sing a song at the ceremony. You can also ask the DJ to play a special piece of music for an aunt or grandfather who loved to dance the night away to a particular song.

Clothing- A touching way to remember someone is to wear one of their personal items. Brides have worn their mother’s or grandmother’s veils, or sashes made from the wedding dress. Grooms have worn their father’s cufflinks or tie tacks.  brides can weave a rosary, locket or set of pearls into their bouquet, and wear their father’s ring around their neck.

Donations- The “donation in lieu of favors” is always a sure way to honor someone you’ve lost to a physical illness. A note on your invitations or program will let guests know who to send their donation to.

Symbols- Is there something in particular that reminds you of your loved one everytime you see it? It could be something as simple as a butterfly or a favorite piece of jewelry or as extravigant as your Dad's Mustang.  

 

As you can see, there are many wonderful, moving, and touching ways to remember a lost loved one. Just Remember that there is no right or wrong way to remember them.  This is your day and you have the right to include their memory as little or as much as you like and in a manner that you feel is fitting.

 
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