One of the most special parts of your wedding day is spending time and celebrating with your loved ones. But what about those dearest to you that have already passed away? Whether it’s a close family member, friend, or pet, there are plenty of ways to make sure they’re part of your celebration.
1. Why not incorporate a photo of your lost loved one in a creative and meaningful way? We love this bouquet brooch idea and, for your groom, the brooch boutonniere.
2. Alternatively you could opt to wear something that reminds you of that person instead – for example, their jewellery.
3. A table, reserved for photos of those that didn’t make it to your wedding day, is another sweet idea and can also be styled to suit your day. Opt for beautiful photo frames to show off the lovely images of your loved ones – they deserve it.
4. A photo wall is an alternative way to display your loved one’s photos.
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5. For a more subtle, but equally sweet, nod to those that couldn’t be there, why not tie in your respects with pretty wedding styling?
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6. Keep the memory of your loved ones alive with precious photographs used as photo props. This way, you can be sure the memory of those lost will remain a key part of your day in years to come.
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7. If seating allows, you could also reserve a chair for those you wish could’ve been there. Personalise with anything you like, from photographs, to flowers, or memories.
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8. If you’re looking for a simple and subtle way to show your respects, why not include a line or two at the bottom of your Order of Service?
9. Alternatively, light a candle to mark your respects and pair with a written image. Simple yet heartfelt, it’s a great way to remember family and friends without dampening the mood.
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10. You might also like to have a toast in their memory, bringing all your guests together for one moment to pay their respects…
11. … or dedicate one of the ceremony readings in their loving memory.
12. Tie in your memories of them with something fun and free-spirited – like a balloon release. Release one for each family member or friend lost.
13. Play their favourite song during your evening reception and dance away as if they were there dancing with you.
You might also like to take inspiration from some real life weddings, where family and friends came together to make sure parents that had passed away still played a role during the day…
At this wedding, the bride’s brother recorded him singing the chosen father-daughter dance song as all the men in the family danced with the bride – just as her father would’ve if he’d been alive.
Andrea had a very special dance with some very close family and friends at her wedding. Her father passed away so her brother recored "butterfly kisses" and she danced with with all of them during her Father and Daughter dance. it was a truly touching moment not a dry eye in the house.
Her dad, Mark, died earlier in the year from pancreatic cancer. Andrea's first dance is with Mark's father, followed by her brother Luke, then brother Nick and finally her new father-in-law Scott.
The number of ideas and special touches are endless; so whether you’re the bride, groom, friend, or member of the family, don’t be afraid to dedicate a few moments of the day to those lost loved ones.