Post # 17
You could sew a piece of your sister’s clothing into your dress as your “something blue.” I saw it on pinterest: a bride cut a blue shirt and sewed it on the back by the zipper, so so sweet!
I do recommend no photos though. When I went to my cousin’s wedding this summer, she had an 8×10 of my grandmother. As soon as my grandfather saw it, he was instantly in tears. It broke my heart, he wanted to be happy for his grandaughter, but it was too hard seeing pictures of her when she wasn’t by his side anymore.
Post # 18
My cousin, who had a bit of a Hawaiian theme, had an empty tropical beach photo at the back of the program (very paradisical) with a statement along the lines of remembering her father and one of the groom’s grandparents, who could not be there on that day. Just enough sentiment without making anyone too sad. I like the photo charms on the bouquet idea, but IMO want the day to focus on who can be there rather than not, since we can’t do anything about the latter. Do whatever YOU feel is right that addresses what you need. There really isn’t a wrong answer on this one.
Post # 19
They make paper lanterns that you can light and release. They’re very beautiful, and we did a lantern release for a student who died at my highschool.
@BIW: I teared up a bit reading that! That’s beautiful. We had an empty chair at our graduation ceremony that had a cap and gown, along with a photo of the student that had passed away.