Ideas for remembering a loved one at your wedding

Ideas for remembering a loved one at your wedding.

Weddings are a joyous occasion, but they can also be bittersweet for those who have lost a loved one. Whether it’s a parent, grandparent, sibling or close friend, the absence of someone special can be deeply felt on such an important day that celebrates love and family. One way to honour the memory of a loved one at a wedding is to incorporate meaningful tributes into the ceremony or reception.

It can be really difficult to think of ideas of how you would like to remember your loved one at your wedding. This blog is here to give you a few ideas of ways you might like to do this based on my experiences from other weddings I have photographed.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

Reserved Seat or Memorial Table: Consider setting aside a special seat or table in honour of your loved one. You could place a photo of them on the seat or table, along with a candle or flower arrangement. This serves as a physical reminder of their presence and allows them to be a part of the celebration in a tangible way.

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Special Dance/song: If the loved one was a music lover, consider dancing to a song that was meaningful to them. This can be a touching tribute and a way to feel their presence on the dance floor. If you don’t want to dance, you could just play their favourite song. Maybe after your first dance, or as the last song for the evening.

Memory Table: Create a memory table with photos and mementos of the loved one. This can be a beautiful way to share their story with guests and allow them to feel included in the celebration. You could also light a candle in their memory.

Special Toast: During the reception, consider making a special toast to honour the memory of the loved one. Share a favourite memory or story about them and raise a glass in their honour.

Moment of Silence: Include a moment of silence during the ceremony or reception to acknowledge the absence of your loved one. This can be a powerful way to honour their memory and allow guests to reflect on their own memories of the person.

Charity pins: Did a loved one have a favourite charity, or die from a certain illness that you would like to raise money for? Many charities now have pins that you can give your guests as favours, which is a lovely way to remember your loved one & raise money for a great cause at the same time. There is usually the option to have personalised tags with these.

Mind.org also have sunflower packets you can give as favours.

Macmillan have seed balls & confetti wands among other things.

Alzheimers.org have some lovely options focussing on forget me nots.

When considering ideas for remembering a loved one, it’s important to remember that everyone grieves differently, and some guests may find it difficult to participate in certain tributes. Be mindful of this and offer alternative ways for them to honour the memory of your loved one, such as writing a note in a memorial book or lighting a candle in their memory.

Remembering a loved one at a wedding can be emotional, but it can also be a beautiful way to honour their memory and keep their spirit alive. By incorporating meaningful tributes, you can create a special and memorable day that celebrates both the love that you shared together and the love that will never be forgotten.

Do you have any ideas that you feel would be beneficial to others? Contact me here to get them added to the blog.

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