We received this heartfelt Ask Emmaline question from Cassie, who is getting married in a few months. Her grandfather passed away and she wants to honor him on her special day. She writes,
My grandfather passed away a few years ago and I would like to include a mention to him in some way at my wedding. Is there an appropriate way to do so?
First of all, we are sorry to hear about your grandfather’s passing. To help you honor him at your wedding, here are seven of our most cherished suggestions which are all appropriate for a wedding…
How to Honor Loved Ones at Your Wedding
1. Put your loved one’s photo inside a locket.
When Abby’s father passed away, she placed his photo inside a locket. On her wedding day, she wrapped the locket around her bouquet so he could be with her as she walked down the aisle.
You could do the same with a locket and two of your favorite photos of your grandfather. All you need is a beautiful locket, like one of these (spotted at Love Montreal:
This locket even offers “something blue”:
Wrap the locket around your bouquet handle and secure it with pins. After the wedding, you’ll have a beautiful keepsake necklace you can wear.
2. Sew a piece of fabric from their clothing into your gown.
Here’s an example:
3. Play their favorite song.
Did he or she have a favorite song or band? Add it to your playlist for dinner (slow song) or reception (dance music) in honor of them.
4. Create a photo table.
Display photos in picture frames on a table at your reception. Include a decorative sign, like this:
If you prefer, hang photos across a wood frame using twine and miniature clothespins. Or, turn wood logs into a makeshift stand with a rustic vibe.
5. Mention loved ones who have passed in your ceremony program.
In a section of your program, include a mention underneath ‘In Loving Memory’ with name(s) listed. We spotted ceremony programs which offer an “in loving memory” mention here.
6. Light a candle.
At your ceremony, light a special candle in honor of loved ones who have passed. There are personalized candles available, like these.
You can have it at your wedding displayed like this:
7. Save a seat.
Tie a ribbon on a chair, place a ‘reserved’ sign, or put a framed photograph of a loved one who passed away to save them a seat.
Just because someone has passed away doesn’t mean they aren’t there to celebrate with you in spirit. And remember, this is a happy occasion! Smile and remember that they wouldn’t want you to be sad; they would want you to celebrate and enjoy your special day.
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Do you have any suggestions to add?
We’d love to read your suggestions. Let us know how you plan to honor loved ones who have passed at your wedding. You can add a comment below.