All you need is love… and ways to honour those who can’t be there at the wedding.
Weddings are special days. They are days of celebration where you surround yourself with those who you love and who love you. Sometimes those you love aren’t able to help you celebrate your big day.
There are a few things to think about when deciding to how to honour the memory of someone special who has passed.
- How fresh is the wound – how long ago did the person pass. Have you and the guests had a chance to grieve privately before the event. Will a special mention on the day be too much for you or your guests, and overshadow the joy of the day.
- How much attention to you want to draw to the honouring -Sometimes too much attention will take the focus off the fact that it is a wedding and a happy occasion.
- What’s most appropriate for the person – What’s the personality of the person you want to honour, would they want want a big fuss make of them?
Here’s some suggestions for elements you can add to either your ceremony or reception to bring attention to and honour your loved ones.
- Wear something – wear something of their’s, a piece of jewellery or a tie would be perfect. It could also cover your something borrowed.
- Tribute in the ceremony program – If you are using a ceremony program you could add a small remembrance piece, or if you have a welcome sign at the entrance to your wedding space you could add something there.
- Light a candle of remembrance – as part of your wedding ceremony you can light a candle of remembrance, or have a candle lit during your reception.
- Photo table – use photo’s of important people to decorate a table at your reception.
- Toast to their memory – you could include a toast as part of your ceremony of use their favourite tipple to toast to them during the speeches at your reception.
- Reading/poem during the ceremony – have either the celebrant or a friend/family perform a reading during the ceremony and dedicate it to your loved one.
- Favours – Use your wedding favours to celebrate that special person. Use a charitable donation (to their favourite charity) in their name as your wedding favours.
- Moment of silence – add a moment of silence to your wedding ceremony, usually at the beginning after you walk down the aisle, to remember your special person.
- Save a seat – leave a seat in the front row spare with their name on it, to honour where they would have sat.
- Piece of clothing – sew a piece of their clothing into the inside of your wedding gown or into your suit jacket.
- Charms – use photo charms or jewellery charms either in or on your bouquet so your loved ones walk down the aisle with you.
- Hankerchief – use a loved one’s hankerchief to wipe away your happy tears on your wedding day.
- Wedding shoes – place a photo or name of your special person on the bottom of your wedding shoes, so they can walk you down the aisle.