• 5 Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones at Your Wedding (Part 2)

    While your wedding is a day for joy and celebration many of us had or will have a loved one missing from their special day.  For me, it was my dad.  Whether you are missing a parent, grandparent, sibling, or dear friend, you may want to honor them in some way.  Keep in mind how fresh your loss is, if you’d like to honor them publicly or privately, and what the most appropriate way to honor them would be.  If you want to do something beyond lighting a candle, making mention in your ceremony program, or having a photo display like the one above, here are some ideas to get you started.

    ways to honor lost loved ones by Oh Lovely Day | JL Photography

    1.  Save them a seat.  I like this tribute using the  loved one’s boots to reserve their seat.

    2.  Use something they gave you.  Did your grandmother give you champagne flutes?  Toast with them.  Get creative and use something in your wedding that was gifted to you by your lost love one.

    ways to honor loved ones at your wedding from oh lovely day

    3.  Wear something that belonged to them.  I carried this hanky wrapped around my bouquet that had my dad’s wedding ring and my grandmother’s cameo (which she gave to me when I got engaged) stitched to it.  That way I had a piece of my dad with me as I walked down the aisle.

    ways to honor loved ones at your wedding from oh lovely day

    4.  Think of them in your favors.  Bake your grandma’s famous cookies and have them in your dessert bar along with a recipe for guests to take home.  Did your father love cigars?  Pass them out along with a photo and tribute sign like the photo above.

    5.  Incorporate a hobby or personality trait into your wedding.  My favorite uncle passed away shortly after my wedding four years ago.  At my cousin’s recent wedding, he honored his dad (my favorite uncle) by displaying a sculpture his artistic brother was in the process of creating of their dad, along with toothpicks, because everyone knew my Uncle Charlie always had a toothpick.  Always.  It was the perfect tribute to him.

    ways to honor loved ones at your wedding from oh lovely day

    Do you have any unique ways that you honored a loved one at your wedding?  I would love to hear all of your ideas!

    PS – Want more ideas?  See Part I of Honoring Lost Loved Ones here.

    {photo credits} boots by JL Photography, full wedding here / hanky by Jennifer Roper from my wedding / cigars by Twin Lens Images via Style Me Pretty / toothpicks from my cousin’s wedding and photo taken with my iphone

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    1. Posted Jun 13 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      Such great ideas to honor a loved one who has passed.

      xo

      http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

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