By Emma Chennault
Weddings are a place where love is celebrated. Your guest list is specially curated to include people who have impacted your life in some way. Deciding how to honor a deceased loved one on your big day is something that many brides and grooms struggle with. However, there are many ways to do something special to remember someone you wish could be there.
The beauty of weddings is that they are unique to each bride and groom. Some couples may want to honor their loved ones privately, whereas others might want to include all their guests. However, a balance needs to be achieved to keep these moments about happiness and remember the good times that were shared with the ones who have been lost. Here are a few ways to honor your deceased loved ones:
Reserve a Seat
Place a photo of them and add some of their favorite items in their honor.
Display Family Photos
Choose a place at the reception or ceremony and create a space to display photos of your loved ones.
Add an Heirloom
Pin an heirloom that belonged to that family member to your bouquet, dress or tuxedo.
A Note on the Program
Include a small passage on the program for your guests to be able to take a moment and remember the loved ones who could not be there.
A Moment of Reflection
Take a moment during the ceremony or reception and have a moment of silence.
Light a Candle
Light a candle at the ceremony or reception and decorate that area with photos and items they loved.
Make a Donation
Choose a charity that your loved one supported and donate in their name. You can include your guests by asking them to donate as well.