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

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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

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