Honoring loved ones for your wedding

I remember how hard it was planning my wedding knowing that my father or grandfather wouldn’t be there to walk me down the aisle. Even the thought of not having a father/daughter dance made me want to cry. Many couples are the same situation, and it seems that planning such a happy occasion can make the loss that much more noticeable.

There are many ways to honor loved ones for your wedding. A memory table with old family photos, play their favorite song, memory candles, or even a rose on an empty chair during the ceremony. The trick is, you don’t want to put a damper on such a happy occasion.

I had my florist wrap charms around my bouquet with photos of my father and grandfather. So in a way…they were both there, walking me down the aisle on my special day. What I loved best about the photo charms, was that it was a private way to have their presence felt during the day and I can also pass them down to future children.

My favorite source for the photo jewelry is Planetjill. They have a variety of charms, necklaces, cufflinks, and even a something blue charm that you can pin inside your dress or on your bouquet!

Photo courtesy of Planetjill

My bouquet photo courtesy of HyStudio

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Christopher - Now that is a neat idea.

Dynamite Weddings - I love the cuff link and bouquet ideas! Another few ideas are a wedding photo of those that can’t be with you on the guest table or giving your bouquet or a smaller version of your bouquet to their widow or closest relative in their honor. I also suggest Dad or Grandpa’s handkerchief to walk down the isle with you, in your dress or folded in your hand.

Heather - I actually did something similar with my bouquet. I had a ring that my grandma recently gave me attached to my bouquet with a gold necklace. The ring was something that my grandpa had designed for her as a gift. My grandpa was a big part of my life for a very long time, and it was nice to have something so special with me on my wedding day.
Great post!

James - I like the cuff links, that would have been a good idea.

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