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How to memorialize passed loved ones at your wedding

Many couples planning their wedding would like to memorialize  their passed loved ones with unique and thoughtful ways during their special day. The options are really endless, and there are subtle and direct ways to recognize family members and close friends that we wish could be there to celebrate with us. Read on for inspiring to tasteful ideas to honor deceased loved ones at your wedding.

Share a moment of silence during the ceremony

Having your officiant ask for a moment of silence during your wedding, is a wonderful way to pay direct tribute to your passed loved ones. Some opt to light candles during this time, while others simply ask for a moment to pay respect.

Attach Trinkets to your bouquet

This has become an increasingly popular way to incorporate memories of someone who is not able to attend your wedding day. This could be a locket photo, a charm, a favorite piece of jewelry, etc. This is a beautiful, meaningful, and very personal touch.

Include heirloom accessories into your wedding day attire

Do you possess your grandmothers handkerchief with her initials? Or your grandfathers stopwatch? Maybe cufflinks, hairpins or a headpiece that they owned? Or jewelry that would compliment your vision for your accessories? These are simple and subtle ways to pay tribute.

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Sharing poems or excerpts

If there is a quote, poem or excerpt from a book that reminds you of your loved one, this can be a fantastic way to incorporate them into your wedding day during toasts or printed for a table. A sign at memorial table (with their photos) is a wonderful way to incorporate this in a subtle way. We highly recommend the Lettering Bee Co. for any of your signage needs as a local Portland Oregon vendor!

Feature their favorite florals

Did your loved one have a preference for a specific flower or plant? Incorporating that into a bouquet, table setting, or boutonniere can be an endearing touch to your wedding day decor.

Framed photos on chairs at the ceremony

A beautiful way to include the memory of your passed loved ones in the ceremony is placing their photos on a chair reserved for them. Or if framed photos aren’t an option, a place-card with their name is also a great personal touch.

Photo Memorial at your reception

A very popular option at wedding receptions is a table or photo display dedicated to loved ones passed who cannot attend your wedding. This visual reminder creates a lasting presence during your celebration, and a wonderful way to memorialize them.

Add a song to the reception playlist

Dedicating a favorite song to your loved one is a perfect way to pay tribute and incorporate them in a personal and unique way.

If you have memorialzed a loved one at a wedding, leave a comment and share with us how you did it!

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This Tips & Advice piece was submitted by Ema Hadziselimovic and Lindsay Malkovich, trusted local wedding professionals and talented writers.