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Remembrances for Loved Ones

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’s common to want to honor these people at the ceremony. But you might be wondering how to include meaningful gestures without casting a dark cloud over your special day. You want take a moment to remember these loved ones yet not detract 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 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 necessary.

Loving Words

A sensitive officiant is one of the best ways to bring loved ones to mind. Have him or her briefly memorialize the people behind your remembrance items.


If someone in the family has a nice voice, one of the most moving tributes is to have them sing a dedicated song at the ceremony. Another popular approach: ask the DJ to play a special dance for an aunt or grandfather who loved to shake it on the floor.


Anything that reminds you of a loved one is fine: A picture-frame pin and photo pinned to a bouquet wrap ribbon, or a monogram pin in the letter of someone you’ve lost. A “In Loving Memory” brooches you can pin to a sash or ribbon.

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

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