I know when I was planning my own wedding I struggled with how I could honor and remember my dad, who had died ten years before, without dwelling on it or making it a big thing. I wanted to remember him in a way that was still in keeping with the spirit of the day (as in, a happy day) but more than a program mention. I couldn’t find many ideas back then, so I tried to round up some in case any of you brides are having the same problem that I did.
For a beach wedding, a lei for those there in spirit, put out to sea:
I love that last idea so much. It is a celebration of that person as well as your day. If your loved one loved cigars, or wine, or something like that you can incorporate it like this.
I chose to mention several loved ones who weren’t present at our wedding in our program, but I also had my father’s wedding ring stitched to a hanky that was my grandmother’s and carried it around my bouquet. That way he was with me as I walked down the aisle.
If you prefer to do a program mention, I thought this was a lovely way to do it:
And if you want to display photos of them, but in a more unique way, consider this:
Anyone have any ideas to share on how they honored their deceased loved ones at their wedding?
UPDATE: I’ve done a second post of new ideas that you can find here.