Your wedding day is a celebration with loved ones, so it’s only natural to want to include those friends or relatives who’ve passed away before you get to say “I do.” Your inclusion of a deceased relative can be as subtle as a symbolic white rose in your bouquet or as public as a moment of silence at the ceremony, and we rounded up a few more ways below. It’s also a good idea to check in with any close relatives who may be sensitive to the death—from there, you can decide how you’d like to honor them without turning the wedding into something that feels like a heavy memorial service.
Family photo display.
Place their photos on a vintage ladder or wooden create.
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Set up a memory table.
Reserve a special place at your reception for a table filled with framed photos of family and friends who’ve passed away.
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Keep Them Close
Pin a photo locket to your bouquet or boutonniere so they can be close to you.
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Set a sign with photos.
A sign will also be recommended if you’re having an outdoor or rustic themed wedding.
Reserve a seat.
Lay a flower from your bouquet on an empty seat at your ceremony.
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Light a candle for them.
Either at your ceremony or reception, take a moment to light a candle in their honor.
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