(Closed) Good ways to honor a deceased parent at wedding

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am having these on my bouquet. I’ll have two. One for my grandfather, and one for FIs SIL who passed away a couple years ago. 

I know some people reserve chairs at the ceremony for a family member who has passed or even put together a small table with photos and momentos in honor of them. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

On etsy there are jewelers who create pieces out of hand writing. I have a ton of cards from my late father so  I’m taking a passage and have it turned into a bracelet. I am also doing the portraits on my bouquet.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Does anyone in the family have any of her clothes left? I think it’d be very sweet to make a pocket square out of something she wore often that he could wear w/his tux. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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radem:  LOL, well my idea just crashed and burned! Sorry it won’t work at all for you haha (but glad you liked the sentiment 😛 )

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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rusticglambride:  
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radem:  My FI’s dad passed when he was 16, and I took a note from his dad and had the “love dad” engraved on a keychain, I’m going to surprise him with it on the mornign of the wedding.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

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rusticglambride:  
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rusticglambride:  can you pm me the link? I have so many samples of my mom’s writing and I would love to have something like that 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I lost my dad unexpectedly this past January and I did a couple things for him during both the ceremony and reception. I had my florist put his class ring in my bouquet (I attached a picture below.) I know he won’t have a bouquet but maybe if he can get one of her rings her can carry it in his pocket or wear it on a necklace.  Since he passed away after we ordered the flowers I carried his boutineer down the aisle and then placed it on his chair. You could always order a corsage for her and he can carry it out and place it on a chair for her. Lastly the pastor said a little prayer and mentioned both my dad and my husband’s grandfather since they had both recently passed. I

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My dad died 6 months before my wedding. 

 

My mum gave me his wedding ring to wear as my something borrowed/old.

Our closing statement in the ceremony mentioned “those who are present and those who are absent” which was very important to us. 

 

We had a memory table with a photo,  candle and a camera set up to take photos every 30 seconds because that’s what he would have been doing on the day. 

 

My brother performed songs by mine and my dad’s favourite band.

 

We had a Guezs the Honeymoon sweep stake that we donated to a cancer charity. 

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was lovely. We have quite a few people we would like to honor (SO’s mom, my grandparents, best friend) so this would do nicely I think. I will definitely try to do a pocket square for SO’s mom though! Awesome idea!

 

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Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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TheGridMonster:  good idea! I was going to suggest something similar. My friend makes teddy bears out of loved ones clothing. I’m sure lots of people do that. Below is a pic I found online of something similar. 

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radem:  I have seen people put together a little memorial on the registery book table with pics and sometimes a little framed eulogy. Or maybe a moment of reflection during the unity candle lighting, even a prayer? Very sweet of you to be thinking of that for him. 😊

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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radem:  i did several things, i had a charm made with a pictre of my father and attached it to my bouquet, i mentioned him in the sermon at the ceremony and on the wedding program. And last, at the wedding reception i had our Dj put together a video montage of pictures of my dad with my sister, mom and I when we were young.

Since your Fiance isnt walking down with a bouquet and idea would be to have cufflinks made with a picture of his mom. I did this for Darling Husband. His grandmother passed away and I gave these to him as his wedding present. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I’m going to do the bouquet picture for my father.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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radem:  I had something written about my mom in the program and also a picture charm on my bouquet with her picture on it. Personally, I felt that I didnt want to transform my wedding into a memorial for her and I knew I’d be bawling my eyes out if the officiant said anything about her. I chose to do it in more subtle ways. I would let your Fiance decide how much he can handle on the day of – emotions will already be running high! 

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