Hi, loves. This recent Ask Emmaline question on how to honor the bride’s father at her wedding has really made us tear up. Bride-to-be Jess wrote us with this question, which is a tough (but important) one to ask. She writes,
“Hi Emmaline Bride, I have a question for my upcoming wedding. My father passed away seven years ago and I’m sad he won’t be able to walk me down the aisle. I want to do something special to honor his memory at my wedding but I’m not sure how to do it. Do you have any ideas? Thank you.”
How to Honor the Bride’s Father at Wedding
Hi Jess, and thanks for writing. I am sorry for your loss. I’m sure it is not easy to imagine your big day without him by your side; it is a wonderful idea to honor your late father in a special way at your ceremony or reception. We have some ideas to honor his memory, and we hope one of these will serve as a special and meaningful tribute to your father.
In Memory of the Father of the Bride
Moment of Silence
A brief moment of silence in honor of your father during the ceremony is one memorable way to honor him.
Mention in Your Ceremony Program
A line “in memory of” those who have passed is a nice addition to your wedding ceremony program. Here’s an example:
Photo Sign Display
A photo sign like this is another memorable way to honor him. You can place it at the ceremony on a seat, as we mention below; or place on an easel. You can include a photo in this sign and it is beautifully made.
You can buy this sign here.
You can reserve a seat at your ceremony; simply place a sign on a chair, like this (from Lumber and Letters).
Some prefer reserving a seat at dinner. A sign, like this, placed on a small easel, is a nice way to do so. By Orchard Berry.
Light a candle during your ceremony or have it already lit throughout the order of events. This candle makes a beautiful memento (by Susabella’s):
A sign like this (by Teesha Derrick) is a great way to symbolize what the lighted candle represents.
We found a memorial candle here that would work beautifully.
Also, this custom engraved candle is one you can burn at your wedding and keep at home as a memento. By Sketched Glass.
Wear His Necktie
Turn one of his favorite neckties into a custom necklace, thanks to designer Christine of Ogsplosh Accessories. She turns neckties into beautiful (wearable!) works of art.
Play His Favorite Song at Dinner
This is another favorite; choose something light and ideal for dinner music.
Carry a Bouquet Charm with His Photo
Wrap one of these charms with his photo around your bouquet handle. By Wedding Bouquet Charms.
In these special ways, you can honor the father of the bride on your wedding day and beyond. Thanks for sending in your question, Jess, and we hope these suggestions helped. You may also find info here: How to Honor Lost Loves Ones at Your Wedding