25 Unique Ways To Honor Deceased Loved Ones At Your Wedding
Your wedding is a time of celebration with your loved ones and your closest friends. If you’ve lost someone who is dear to you, it is only natural to be saddened that they are no longer with you on such a joyous occasion – and you may want to honor your loved ones somehow during your wedding. There are many ways to include them in your nuptials from a subtle candle lit in honor of them to a more public display such as a toast. However, you do not want to dampen the mood of the festivities, so important to find an appropriate way to remember them without ruining the tone of the wedding. While missing them is sad, it shouldn’t overpower the day.
To those of you who have lost someone dear, you have my sympathy, both myself and my boyfriend have lost relatives close to us and we will be incorporating at least one of these ideas into our day. For those who are looking for unique ways to honor deceased loved ones at your wedding, read on for 25 wedding memorial ideas that you can easily incorporate into your wedding.
Rather than a flower or photo, use something meaningful to them such as a special baseball cap, a musical instrument that they played, or even a ball of yarn and crocheting needles – anything that will make you remember them.
If balloons aren’t your thing, you could also have a butterfly release to honor them. Reserve a moment of silence as they flutter away.
Consider using wind chimes to honor those who have passed as this couple did. This may bring some tears as the wind blows.
Photo charms are a charming way to have loved ones walk you down the aisle.
And if you like that idea, your groom can also incorporate photo charms in his wedding ensemble.
Up-cycle old wooden palettes to make a unique entrance to your outdoor wedding ceremony and line them with old photos.
Honor those you miss by wearing a piece of their jewelry for your wedding.
Have a Japanese lantern lighting ceremony if your venue is by a body of water.
Or if you’re landlocked, you could honor them with a Chinese lantern lighting ceremony
You can raise your glasses in a toast before the reception really starts, or have a toasting station. (Just keep the speech short and sweet).
Or share a favorite pastime with your guests such as having a cigar bar (or wine bar)
This bride had Mehndi (Henna) put on her hands to honor her deceased Indian grandfather
Or with a bit of Modpodge, old photos and crystals you could make these DIY crystal family photo ornaments to hang from bouquets or centerpieces. Find the tutorial here
Finally, have a moment of silence to remember them before your ceremony begins. You don’t need to have a church wedding to observe a moment of reflection.
Finally, When you settle on a way to celebrate your loved ones, check with those closest to them to be sure they will be ok with what you chose. This can be a sensitive subject and you wouldn’t want to catch anyone off-guard during your big day.
If you are planning on honoring a deceased love one, tell me how you will be honoring them – I’d love to hear from you!