#1) The number one and easiest way to include lost loved ones is through your wedding programs. Truly a tasteful and understated way to say, ‘We’re thinking of you.’ How to pull it off – One the back of your programs, simply add a meaningful quote or poem with the words ‘In Loving Memory of’ written underneath. Add the names of all the individuals that couldn’t be with you on your special day in their honor. (You can also take this one step further by also playing their favorite song during your ceremony and/or reception.)
#2) The second most popular choice by couples are memorial cylinders and vases. Include these beautiful displays in both your ceremony and reception. Place an engraved memorial cylinder, with an optional photo of your loved one, near the alter during your ceremony. The candle can either be lit before guests arrive or lit during the lighting of the unity candle. Afterwards, set your cylinder on a display table during your reception. A popular display spot for cylinders is on the escort table sitting next to a photo of the bride and groom with the person being memorialized.
#3) Losing your father is one of the hardest obstacles a bride-to-be can overcome but still should not overshadow your joyous occasion. For bride’s who have lost their father or father-figure, the memorial candle walk is ideal. Instead of a bouquet, carry a candle down the aisle in memory of dad. You can opt to be escorted by another close family member or walk by yourself. Once you get to the alter, light your candle and set it in a candle holder next a favorite photo of your father. This is truly a meaningful and heartfelt way to express your feelings.
#4) Subtle yet meaningful, add a photo buckle charm to your bouquet to keep the memory of your loved one close to your heart. Insert your favorite photo and tie the buckle with decorative ribbon onto your bouquet wrap. After the ceremony, your buckle can easily be removed and tucked away for safekeeping.