Five ways to remember passed loved ones on your wedding day

03 May 2018

Ensure passed family and friends are still a part of your special day with these ideas with which to honour their memory

Image gallery

Image gallery

Your nearest and dearest will play a vital role in your wedding and for most brides and grooms, it is essential that they share their special day with those that they care about the most. But what about passed loved ones who you wish could be there but sadly can’t? As well as a toast to those friends and family members during the speeches, there are a variety of ways to include them in your day which will in turn ensure they are part of your wedding memories.

1. Stairway to heaven

A DIY project that can serve as a beautiful reminder of absentees on your wedding day is a ‘Stairway to heaven’. Decorate a wooden step ladder with photos, sentimental items and wedding décor that can be placed in the same room as the wedding breakfast or in a prominent place for all to see. You could also use the balustrade of a stairway within your venue to string photos interspersed with bunting. 

five-ways-to-remember-passed-loves-ones-on-your-wedding-day-5

Image via Pinterest

2. Memory tree

Suspend photos from the branches or trunk of a tree in a signposted quiet area where you and your guests can reflect and reminisce on happy memories. You could hire a faux blossom tree with festoon lighting for an indoors wedding or if you’re holding an outdoors celebration, use a tree outside your venue.

five-ways-to-remember-passed-loves-ones-on-your-wedding-day-6

Image via Pinterest

3. Wedding photo table

A popular way to remember loved ones at weddings is to collect photographs of couples within the family captured on their own special days. When placed together, this offers a wonderful wedding timeline of your family, the love stories that live on and the ever evolving face of fashion.  

five-ways-to-remember-passed-loves-ones-on-your-wedding-day-3

Image: The wedding of Fallyn Petherick and Grant Bevington by Calli B Photography

4. Heirlooms and accessories

From bouquet charms to a pair of vintage earrings passed down the generations, there are a multitude of ways to keep your loved ones close by throughout the day. You could even consider wearing a relative’s wedding dress or suit jacket which can be modernised by a seamstress or tailor, offering a more overt way to pay homage to them. Alternatively, consider the fabric of your cravat or pocket square; the family tartan, for example, is a subtle way to show your respect. 

five-ways-to-remember-passed-loves-ones-on-your-wedding-day-2

Image: The wedding of Rebecca Labuda-Tew and Paul Richmond by Sarita White Photography

5. Reserve a seat or light a candle

Keep one seat free or light a candle during the wedding ceremony to pay your respects and find comfort in the thought of them watching over you as you exchange vows.

five-ways-to-remember-passed-loves-ones-on-your-wedding-day-4

Image via Pinterest

Have you thought of another way to remember loved ones on your wedding day? Let us know – email sarah.george@archant.co.uk.

Related content

supplier finder

Get a quote

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

supplier finder

Find a supplier

Search over 200,000 Suppliers in the UK.

or

Leave a comment

Comments

There are no comments to display, be the first!

bride

Everything for your wedding

Dorothy Perkins releases SS20 bridal collection

The collection includes wedding dresses, bridesmaids' dresses and guest fashion ...

Wedding Photo of the Week: Eclipse Imagery Photography

Each week we’re inviting all wedding photographers to submit their images to be Bri...

16 bridal outfits with statement bows

Wrap up your bridalwear with a statement bow or two to wow your wedding guests ...

12 one-shoulder wedding dresses

Asymmetric wedding dresses are having a moment, with one-shoulder gowns taking the s...

10 of the best non-matching bridesmaid dress combinations

For a picture perfect bridesmaid line-up that isn't completely uniform, take a look at th...

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

the wedding show

Sat -Sat 01
Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park find out more »
Sat 01
Harefield Barn Open Evening, Devon find out more »
Sun 02
De Vere Wokefield Estate Multi-Cultural Wedding Fair find out more »
Sun 02
The Kimberley Hall Wedding Fair, Norfolk find out more »
Sun 02
Colshaw Hall Open Day find out more »
Sun 02
Merrydale Manor Open Day find out more »
Thu 06
Bowood Wedding Open Evening find out more »
Sat 08
Penshurst Place Wedding Open Day, Kent find out more »
Sun 09
Lillibrooke Manor Wedding Fair find out more »
Sun 09
Chadderton Town Hall Wedding Show find out more »
Sun 09
Winter Wedding Showcase, Guildford find out more »
Sun 09
Oulton Hall Wedding Fayre find out more »
Sun 09
Farnham Maltings Wedding Fair, Surrey find out more »
Sun 09
Hotel du Vin Bristol Wedding Fair find out more »
Sun 16
Chester & Cheshire Wedding Fayre find out more »
Sun 16
Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa Wedding Fair find out more »
Sun 16
Winchester Guildhall Wedding Fayre find out more »
Sun 16
Clifton College Wedding Fair, Bristol find out more »
Sun 16
Red Event Wedding Fayre, North West find out more »
Sat -Sun 22
Bride: The Wedding Show at Bournemouth International Centre find out more »
Sat -Sun 22
Bride: The Wedding Show at Norfolk Showground find out more »
Sun 23
The Suffolk Wedding Show, Spring 2020 find out more »
Sun 23
Luxury Liverpool Wedding Show find out more »
Sun 23
Coppid Beech Hotel, Berkshire find out more »
Sun 23
Walton Hall Wedding Fayre find out more »
Sun 23
Eastwood Park Wedding Fayre, Gloucestershire find out more »
Sun 23
The Wild and Wintery Wedding Show find out more »
Sun 23
The Kings Arms Wedding Open Day, Dorset find out more »
Sun 23
Burnham Beeches Hotel Wedding Fayre find out more »
Sun 23
Laura Ashley Hotel The Iliffe Wedding Inspiration Day find out more »
Sat 29
Harbour Heights Hotel Wedding Fayre, Poole find out more »