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Remembering Loved Ones on your Wedding Day

September 9, 2014

Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life. You are about to marry the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with, surrounded by the people you love the most. But for couples who have lost a loved one, the occasion can be bittersweet. It is natural to want to honor these people in some way at your ceremony. But you might not be sure to include meaningful gestures without casting a dark cloud over your special day. You want to take a moment to remember these loved ones yet not detracting from the spirit of the day.   

There are both verbal and non-verbal ways to honor deceased loved ones without turning your wedding into a sad day. There are lots of more subtle but equally poignant ways to remember loved ones who have passed away…


Flowers are a popular way to honor loved ones. One moving gesture is  to place a white rose on an empty chair (next to the aisle or in the first row) as they approach the altar. White roses are the most popular, but not necessary. 

Loving Words

A Sensitive officiant is one of the best ways to bring loved ones to mind. Ask them to take a moment to remember someone with perhaps a poem or a moment of silence in their memory. Usually a Remembrance takes place at the beginning of the ceremony and then moves on to the happier and more joyful parts. 


If someone in the family has a nice singing voice, one of the most moving tributes is to have them sing a song dedicated to them during the ceremony. You can also ask your DJ to play a special dance for a loved one who you remember would always love to be on the dance floor. 


Anything that reminds you of your loved ones is fitting. It could be a picture frame pin or a photo charm pinned to your bridal bouquet, as if that person is walking your down the aisle. A Memorial Candle can be displayed during the ceremony and then moved to the reception. 





Hopefully this has given you some ideas and inspiration. Hugs to you if you’re missing someone close today.

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