This year has been unlike any we’ve seen before. Many of us may have lost beloved family members, and their absence will be felt even more on your wedding day. We’ve put together a short list of ways you can remember your friend or relative without bringing down the feel of your wedding but focusing on the happy details they would love.
- Save them a seat. Leaving their favorite hat or a photo on the seat keeps them included in your day to the rest of your guests.
- Make an In-Memoriam section of your program. This will allow you to draft a sincere message for all of your guests while keeping the wedding itself happy and upbeat.
- Add an heirloom or bouquet to your attire. Adorn your flowers with a locket, a ribbon, or a photo pin. Carry a special handkerchief. Wear their favorite jewelry.
- Feature a special Memory station at your reception. Memory candles, their favorite candies or desserts, or a favorite alcoholic beverage can be a great way to elicit happy stories and memories.
- Toast to their memory. Including a humorous anecdote or telling their favorite joke during your toast allows for a moment of reflection without dampening the mood.
- Make a donation in their honor. Leaving donation cards at the tables in lieu of favors to let your guests know how the charity or organization was an important part of their lives.
No matter what you decide, stay focused on the happy memories and small details they would have loved or found humorous. And no matter what, know they are very present on your special day.