Your wedding day can be a difficult one to get through because you are missing a passed loved one. Even through the celebration of life long love, you can still be thinking of someone special to you that was absent. There are many ways to honor passed loved ones at your ceremony and reception to keep their spirit with you. We have offered some beautiful ways to pay tribute to your loved one. You can do something more subtle or make a big statement depending on the impact the person had on your life.
For me, my close loved one was my grandmother. We were extremely close and I had always planned on having her walking me down the isle on my big day. She had passed young and unexpectedly just a few years prior to my wedding, still a fresh wound for my family. I knew it would be a hard day for my family and I without her, so I made sure to subtly include her throughout my special day.
There are several ways to include your loved one in the ceremony. You can read their favorite prayer or poem, include their favorite song, set off balloons or have the ring bearer bring up their bible for the officiant to use. I used a favorite song of my grandma's to walk down the isle to, 'In My Life' by the Beatles. It is not a conventional song to walk down the isle to, but it made me feel like she was walking with me.
Announce a moment of silence at the reception or the ceremony. Sometimes there are no words to describe your emotions.
9. Wear something that reminds you of them
Wear something that reminds you have them or include something small of theirs to add to your dress or tux. If you do not have anything formal of theirs you can include, sew in a piece of their clothing underneath or dress, tux or shoes.
10. Use their favorite flowers in the floral design