Ideas to honor dad…

posted 2 years ago in Family
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Allisoninaz:  I lost both of my parents by the time I was 16. My FI lost his mom when he was 17, right before we met. We got engaged and the next day my grandfather (basically raised me and the only living family I had) passed away. My FI’s grandfather is slowly dying right now so we could lose both of our grandpa’s within months of each other. I completely understand. I bought my wedding dress montha before I got married and had pictures made with my grandfather in it. I tried it on for my FIs family this past weekend and his grandpa wanted a pic with me so we’d always have it. These pics will be on display at our wedding. My FIs mom’s favorite thing was seashells and they will be abundant at our wedding. I don’t really have a special way to honor my parents but I’m going to have their wedding photo on display at our wedding. I’ve seen taking a work shirt or some favorite clothing item of your dads and sewing a piece inside of your dress next to your heart. I’ve also seen having an empty seat with their picture on it at the ceremony. Maybe play his favorite song at the reception or something? Those are all the ideas I have. I know it’s hard, but it makes you stronger. Good luck and hugs!!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

I postponed my wedding because my dad was given 6 months to live.  He turned down hospice and lasted 5 months.  I miss him terribly but he died on his terms.  I have considered many ways to honor him.  I think I will have a piece of jewelry made with his ashes.  Possibly a pendant to wear on my wedding day.  

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Allisoninaz:  I’m so sorry for your loss. It must be incredibly hard to not have your father with you during this part of your life. 

I have been to one wedding where the bride’s father had passed away. Rather than having someone else walk her down the aisle she chose to walk alone, and walked to the side so there would be room for her father to walk with her in spirit. She also left the first seat on her side empty, with a photo of him on it and the words “we know you would be here if heaven wasn’t so far away”. It was just enough to honor her father without making a big deal about it. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I don’t know if this is possible, but I am getting married on the 20th anniversary of my Dads passing. I wasn’t going to do anything, until I read the post above me, what an incredible idea! 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

Hi Bees..

I am in the same position my treasured Dad passed away a few years ago and I am also devastated and want to honour him on the day… So I am having a black and white photo of me and him from when I was little wrapped around the stems of my bouquet so it will be like he is sill walking me down the aisle. 

other ideas I had was to buy a vintage broach that is like a locket and put the picture in there…and affix it to the bouquet…. Or a locket and wearit with his picture…

just something subtle so he would be included but not in a way that would make me too sad x

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Allisoninaz:  My best friend just got married last weekend, and her mom passed away 2 years ago. For one of her bridal shower gifts I bought her a bouquet charm with a photo of her mom in it. She loved it and was so emotional when she opened it. I actually bought the charm off Etsy. The seller is SmilingBlueDog.<span class=”shopname wrap

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Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Allisoninaz:  To remember my dad I attached a charm to my bouquet so I felt that he was “walking my down” the aisle

I also mentioned him in the wedding programs

Last, I made a video montage that was played at the wedding, it was a collection of pictures from when my sister and I were babies up until he passed away, (I was 13, my sister was 9)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Allisoninaz:  My grandpa passed away about 2 months before my wedding. Not the same thing as your dad, but I was very close with my grandfather. We put this in the front row for him. And my uncle (who did the ceremony) mentioned him and how he was proud and was there with us in spirit.

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Allisoninaz:  I’m sorry for your loss. FI father passed 2 yrs ago and mom passed when he was 11. My grandmother who raised me passed when I was 14. I am going to make lockets to carry on my bouqet and  for his boutnier. We are also going to leave the seats open where his dad and mom would be and a seat for my grandmother. We thought about putting pitcutures on the seats but I think that might be too emotional.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Allisoninaz:  I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mother in april 2013 and it has been very difficult planning this wedding without her. I am going to incorporate her as much as I can. Here are some ways I am doing it:

– Dancing with my dad to Train’s “When I look to the sky” during this dance I am going to play a slideshow including my mom and dad.

– One of the favors will be for organ donation awareness (she was an organ recipient)

– Memory chair at ceremony

– Bouquet Charm with her photo

– I am making an exact replica of my bouquet to place at her gravesite. My hubby and I will visit her sometime on the day of the wedding. Will likely release a balloon with a note at this time as well.

– Having a memory table at the reception with all family members who have passed.

Here are some pics I have saved for inspiration

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Allisoninaz:  I’m sorry for your loss, I know how terrible it is to lose someone close to you and good for you for wanted to honour him at your wedding.

I was a BM in my friends wedding and she lost her father to cancer at a young age. To honour him she played his favourite song for the ‘father-daughter’ dance, and danced to it with her sibling. It was beautiful and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

angyjaxon:  Sorry to threadjack, but I wanted to say I’m having a ring made with my grandfather’s ashes. I just bought the stone and am having the jeweler who did my e-ring design the setting. I will also have “my rock” engraved on the inside because he was figurativly my rock in life and now he will literally be a rock on my finger lol. I love the idea of the jewelry made of ashes. He knew that I was going to do this and would tell everyone about it, most of which didn’t know it was possible! 

Here’s the ring! 

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