Honouring loved ones who have passed away at the ceremony and reception

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Bri1o:  

 

 

These are some that I found when I was looking for ideas. Another one I saw was where a girl put a charm with her dad’s photo in it on the back of her heel, so that her dad was with her when she walked down the aisle. 

 

I am putting a picture frame of the loved ones that we have lost with a white rose on some of the chairs in the front row. 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m doing wedding pics of our loved ones who are no longer with us on a special taBlr with a candle. Do you have any of your Grandmother’s things? My grandmom was so involved with her church so I’m wrapping her rosary beads around my bouquet so I have a piece of her with me 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We have quite a few family members that have passed and had a couple we couldn’t get pictures for. So I went another route. This will be at the ceremony area and will all be lit. We won’t move it to the reception though. We don’t have a good space for it and don’t want it to become somber.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We plan on having something at the ceremony. I doubt we’ll have something come to the reception. It’s somehow less appropriate.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I plan on placing a photo of each person (and one pet) in the front row. My two grandparents, my dad, and my beloved dog Daisy.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are doing my dad’s favorite cocktail – captain morgan’s & ginger ale – at our rehearsal dinner. We are going to have a frame with his photo and an explanation. We didn’t want to do anything formal or sad – just have a drink and a good time in his honor.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@Bri1o:  I know how you feel, my paternal grandparents won’t be there and my fiance has friends who died serving in the military. During the ceremony we’re going to have our officiant ask everyone to pause for a moment of silence for those who have passed and couldn’t join us in our celebration. For the reception we’re getting this vase;

In case you can’t read it it says “In loving memory, these flowers bloom as a symbol of a life and love remembered”. We’re gonna fill it with pretty vase rocks and after the ceremony I’m going to put my bouquet in it. We’ll be keeping it front and center on the head table.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we had a small table at our reception with a candle, flowers and a poem. underneath the poem we listed the names of our loved ones. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Oh this thread is making me cry.

I have been struggling with how to incorporate my mother in my wedding in a way that’s meaningful but that won’t reduce me to an emotional wreck on that day. 

Also, my father has remarried, and while I call her the Stepmonster, she’s actually an ok lady and I certainly wouldn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable.

Thanks to everyone who is putting in great ideas. I am liking the lamp, myself.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Bri1o: We had our ceremony in the same church where we had my grandpas’ funeral; it felt nice to have that connection. As we’ve lost him, as well as some other important people in our lives, we added a line about it to the back of our ceremony programs (the back listed all the attendants of the wedding):

It’s hard to read, but it says, ” We remember… Regretfully, some of our loved ones are no longer with us. You are here in our hearts, now and forever”.

We also went to my grandpas’ grave the day after the wedding and left him my wedding bouquet. I wanted to do it right after the ceremony, but my grandma asked me not to as she wanted that day to be all happy. However, I didn’t cry when I did leave the bouquet – it felt so nice to visit him and include him in our happiness. I’m sure he would have loved my husband if they’ve had the chance to meet.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Bri1o: I would have regretted it forever if I hadn’t. It was such a special moment, just my husband and me by grandpas’ grave in the forest (he’s buried in a forest cemetery). It was so peaceful and pretty. 

If it’s at all doable for you, I think you should go ahead with it.

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