As much as we would love to have all of our close family and friends at our wedding day, sometimes it is completely beyond our control. More and more couples are choosing to honour their loved ones who have passed away with sentimental wedding ideas to make it feel as though they are right there with you. Here are some of our favourite ideas to help you honour your loved ones on your wedding day.
Something Old or Borrowed
When you choose an item for your something old, new, borrowed and blue, consider wearing something that belonged to a loved one who has passed away. A brooch belonging to a grandmother, a shawl that your great-aunt wore, a locket that belonged to your mother or a handkerchief owned by your grandfather are all wonderful ways to keep their spirit alive as you walk down the aisle.
If you feel up to it, say a short poem at your wedding ceremony or have a friend or family member say it to honour someone who has passed away. You could also print this in the ceremony booklet.
Light a Candle
As well as your unity candles, why not have a memorial candle to light on the altar just before your ceremony begins?
Reserve a Seat
Many couples set aside a seat at the ceremony in memory of their loved one, and place a framed photo to honour them.
In Lieu of Favours
If a loved one was affected by a particular illness or helped by a certain hospital or organisation, why not make a donation in their memory in lieu of wedding favours? You can then print a little note for each table at your wedding reception to let your guests know what you have done, and how they can do the same.
Have you done anything different to honour your loves ones at your wedding? Tell us all about it!