20 Special Ways to Remember Loved Ones at Your Wedding

The ones we love most aren’t always able to be there with us to celebrate life’s milestones. Fortunately there are many meaningful ways you can acknowledge these special people on your wedding day – here’s a list of touching ideas, wording suggestions and product recommendations for how to honour and remember them.

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Carry Them With You on Your Wedding Day

1. Include their favourite flower in your wedding bouquet or boutonniere.

Remember lost loved ones at your wedding with a personal item attached to your bouquet | Richard Bell Photography via Every Last Detail

2. Attach a photo locket, brooch, handkerchief, lace, ribbon or other personal item to your bouquet.

3. Sew a piece of your loved one’s clothing to the inside of your wedding outfit. This can also be your ‘Something Old’ or ‘Something Blue’.

4. Embroider a handwritten message from your loved one on a fabric patch or handkerchief to include in your wedding outfit. This is a wonderful way to carry well wishes you’ve received from them in notes, letters or cards.

5. Wear an item of jewellery, a tie or cufflinks from their collection to remember them on the day.

Remember lost loved ones at your wedding with a photo locket pinned to your boutonniere | Caroline Ross Photography

6. Add a photo to your lapel, boutonniere, the inside of your wedding suit jacket or the underside of your tie so they can be close to your heart.

Honour Them at Your Wedding Ceremony

7. Incorporate photos of loved ones who can’t be there into your ceremony aisle decor.

Remember lost loved ones at your wedding with photos down the ceremony aisle | White Rabbit Studios via Southern Weddings

8. Reserve a seat for them at the front of the ceremony with a sign, photo or flower.

Although this chair is empty, it’s filled with all the love of those who can’t be with us and are watching from above.

This seat is reserved for those who are no longer with us, but looking down with love.

Although we cannot see you and your hand we cannot touch, your love is never forgotten, you are missed so very much. With your presence in our hearts, today we say “I do”. And as we make these promises, we’ve saved a seat for you.

9. Light a candle during the service in memory of all those who are there in spirit.

This candle burns in loving memory of those who are deeply missed. Your light shines bright in our hearts.

10. Acknowledge them in your ceremony program, signage or service.

We think about you always, we talk about you still. You have never been forgotten, and you never will. We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain, to walk and guide us through our lives, until we meet again. 

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and very dear.

Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

11. Share a lighthearted or thoughtful quote they were known for during the service. 

12. Include a picture of them on your signing table so they can be part of your photos.

Remember lost loved ones at your wedding with a display of vintage wedding photos | Bless Photography via Chic Vintage Brides

Include Them in Your Wedding Reception

13. Create a photo display celebrating those who have passed with a candle lit in their honour. Old wedding photos are a lovely touch.

14. Incorporate a favourite food or activity of theirs into your wedding reception. 

15. Serve one of their much-loved family recipes. 

16. Acknowledge them during your reception speech.

On this special day, our thoughts are with the loved ones who could not be here today. Those who love us never really leave us, they’re forever present in our hearts. 

Remember lost loved ones at your wedding with a photo display and poem | Popcorn Photography via The Wedding Playbook

17. Use some of their special glassware or servingware for toasts or cake cutting.  

18. Toast with their favourite wine or include their favourite after five drink on your bar menu.

We wish you could be here to share our special day. You’re always in our thoughts and we raise a glass in your memory. 

A toast in memory of those who are watching from the best seat in the house. We love you, we miss you. 

19. Dance to their favourite song.

20. Donate to a charity that was important to them in lieu of wedding favours.

Photography: (1) Richard Bell Photography via Every Last Detail | (2) Caroline Ross Photography | (3) White Rabbit Studios via Southern Weddings | (4) Popcorn Photography via The Wedding Playbook | (5) Bless Photography via Chic Vintage Brides

15 Ways to Remember Loved Ones at Your Wedding
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