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I know when I was planning my own wedding I struggled with how I could honor and remember my dad, who had died ten years before, without dwelling on it or making it a big thing.  I wanted to remember him in a way that was still in keeping with the spirit of the day (as in, a happy day) but more than a program mention.  I couldn’t find many ideas back then, so I tried to round up some in case any of you brides are having the same problem that I did.

Carry a photo of them with you:

Anna Rozenblat and Johnny Miller via Martha Stewart Weddings

For a beach wedding, a lei for those there in spirit, put out to sea:

Photo by Studio EMP via Found

{A simple sign}

Photo by Jessica Lorren via Ruffled
{A cigar tribute}
ways to honor loved ones at your wedding from oh lovely day

Twin Lens Images via Style Me Pretty

I love that last idea so much.  It is a celebration of that person as well as your day.  If your loved one loved cigars, or wine, or something like that you can incorporate it like this.

I chose to mention several loved ones who weren’t present at our wedding in our program, but I also had my father’s wedding ring stitched to a hanky that was my grandmother’s and carried it around my bouquet.  That way he was with me as I walked down the aisle.

If you prefer to do a program mention, I thought this was a lovely way to do it:

ways to honor loved ones at your wedding from oh lovely day

Photo by Jeff Wallace via Green Wedding Shoes

And if you want to display photos of them, but in a more unique way, consider this:

ways to honor loved ones at your wedding from oh lovely day

Photo by Jessamyn Harris (seen before here) via Style Me Pretty

 

ways to honor loved ones at your wedding from oh lovely day
Photo by Gabriel Ryan

Anyone have any ideas to share on how they honored their deceased loved ones at their wedding?

UPDATE: I’ve done a second post of new ideas that you can find here.

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