If you know me or have been hanging out with me online, you know the things that get me going are the real life, heartstring- yanking moments that make up who we are and what are lives are really about. And there’s no denying that your wedding day is one of the most beautiful and meaningful days of your life because it’s made up of all kinds of those type of moments.
Believe me when I say I know it’s hard when the ones you love aren’t there to celebrate that kind of big deal with you.
I lost my mom when I was a little girl, and oh my, I longed to have her there with me as I was planning my wedding and starting my marriage. I have a special understanding for brides and grooms who experience their wedding day missing someone they love.
It’s so important to create little details to honor our loved ones’ memory on such a big occasion, and we’ve gotten to observe and document all kinds of beautiful ways couples and their families have remembered the sweet souls in their lives that have already passed. Pictures, candles, special tables, handkerchiefs, jewelry, speeches– each wedding has presented unique and heartfelt ways to remember family and friends who can’t be there.
I won’t lie and say it was easy to get married and not have my mother there to help me get in my dress or laugh with me at the reception; I felt her absence, and I really missed her. We’ve worked with so many couples who have missed parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, coaches, and friends on their big day. I sympathize with that feeling of having a missing piece as they go through their big day, but I also know there’s a sweetness and joy that comes from having a little something to remember them by as you say your I Dos and celebrate a new journey in life.
Our bride, Bethany, remembered her sweet parents who had passed away by tying a photo of them around her bouquet.
Chassity kept her grandparents close to her heart with this locket that held their photos.
Katy and Trent honored their loved ones’ memories with a row of photos displayed at their reception.
Tiffany and Corey made a special place at their reception to display photos and other mementoes to honor the memory of those loved ones.
Tiffany remembered her grandfather in a special way by having one of his dress shirts made into a bow for her bouquet!
What ideas do you have for remembering loved ones on a wedding day? You can share them in the comments below!