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Remembering Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

June 12, 2013

Your wedding day is a joyous occasion, one that you have been dreaming about since you were a little girl. But, as your wedding day approaches it can also bring on feelings sadness as you think of loved one who won’t be there to share in your special day. Many brides have found meaningful ways to remember loved ones who have held a special place in their lives and hearts. Whether it a parent, sibling, or grandparent, there are many ways to honor the deceased in your wedding ceremony or reception to make it something everyone will appreciate and remember.

Keepsake Charms

Photo charms are a nice touch if you want to keep your remembrance low key. You can either carry or wear the charm that reminds you of your loved one, or fasten a small picture of them to your bouquet. You can find vintage-looking charms that allow you to insert a small picture at craft stores like Michael’s, Joann’s Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. Not only will you have carried your loved one throughout the ceremony, but you will also have created a beautiful family keepsake to be cherished for years to come.

The Empty Seat

If your loved one is your mother or father, you may want to consider leaving his or her seat empty in the front row along the aisle. As you walk by, you can place a flower from your bouquet on the seat. Because this can be an emotionally hard moment, it is not for every bride. Remember, above all else, your wedding day should be happy. If the empty seat evokes too much sadness, opt for something else.

The Wedding Program

Guests love a wedding program. If are planning to have a program, you may want to include the deceased here as well. Even if you are planning on doing any of the above remembrances, you will want to include mention of them in the program. It allows your guests to fully experience the occasion with you and they will appreciate the thoughtfulness of your remembrance.

Photo Display

Create a display of treasured photos of your loved one. Arrange them prominently on a table near the guest book or wherever guests enter the church or venue. Pick a few of your favorites. If they are small, scan and enlarge them to 5×7 and 8×10 sizes. Shop discount stores for unique frames. Mix and match them for added interest. Guests are guaranteed to stop, look,linger, and remember with you.

Other Symbolic Remembrances

Other ways you can remember loved ones is to incorporate some of your loved ones’ favorite flowers, foods, or songs. Knowing that an important family member or friend can’t be there to share your special day can be heartbreaking, but when you honor them in your own special way you’re including them and making sure that they are with you in spirit.

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