It’s sad when someone can’t be with you to help celebrate your special day – here’s a list of ideas for how to honour and remember loved ones at your wedding.
1. If your father has passed away, attach photo lockets to your shoes or carry a small frame tied with ribbon on your arm so he can still walk you down the aisle.
2. Dance to your loved one’s favourite song.
3. Toast with their favourite wine or include their favourite after five drink on your bar menu.
4. Include their photo on your register table so they can be part of your certificate signing photos.
5. Light a candle in memory of all those who are there in spirit but not in person.
6. Include locket frames on the handle of your bouquet with photos of you and your loved ones.
7. Purchase locket cufflinks and include photos to wear on the day.
8. Place a flower and a picture of them on a seat at the ceremony.
9. Create a memory board or table of photos of loved ones who have passed – old wedding photos are a lovely touch.
10. Cut a piece of your loved one’s tie, shirt or scarf in the shape of a heart and sew it to the inside of your dress. This can also be your something old or blue.
11. Grooms can wear their father’s tie to remember him on the day.
12. Pin a piece of heirloom jewellery on the inside of your dress so they are close to your heart.
13. Include a single stem of their favourite flower in your bouquet or boutonniere.
14. Mention your loved one during the ceremony or your reception speech.
15. Wrap an old tie or piece of lace around your bouquet.
16. Hang picture frames from chairs down the aisle with photos of all family members who can’t be there.
17. Release a biodegradable lantern, doves or butterflies during the wedding in their honour.
Finally, here is a video of one bride’s touching alternative to the traditional father-daughter wedding dance. For more inspiration, click here to explore our ‘Remembering Loved Ones’ Pinterest board.