Remembrance at a Wedding
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You want to make sure that everyone is included, remembered, and feels special. But what do you do if someone you love has passed on? How do you remember them at your wedding? They were an extremely special person in your life, and you wish they could be there for your big day. Whether it is to honor a grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, sibling, or friend: there are several ways to pay tribute to the memory of a special someone on your special day.
One way to pay respects to a loved one that has passed is to mention them at the beginning of the welcome statements at your ceremony. You could say something along the lines of, “John and Jane would like to thank all of you for coming. They would also like to acknowledge those who are here in spirit today, especially their grandparents Jack and Jill Smith, whose love and support will be remembered by John and Jane always.”
Another way to mention deceased loved ones in the ceremony welcome is by saying something similar to: “Kevin and Amy are happy that so many of you are able to celebrate their marriage with them today. All of you are important in their lives, and they look forward to your love and support in the future as they begin their journey together as husband and wife. Kevin and Amy also wish to pay tribute to those that are here today in spirit. In their memory, let us have a moment of silence… thank you.”
A third way of remembering passed away loved ones is to have a certain scripture or saying typed out and framed and placed on the welcome table. You may also have a collage of pictures of the bride or groom with their dearly departed.
Next, you could also add a touch of decorating that the deceased person would have appreciated. For example, maybe your loved one enjoyed the smell of gardenias, or maybe their favorite color was blue. You could incorporate these ideas into your wedding in honor of that person.
Finally, you may consider reading a poem you either wrote, or include an excerpt from a favorite book of theirs, or play their favorite song. All of these acts would show your love, respect, and appreciation for the person and the impact they made on your life.
There are many beautiful and meaningful ways to honor the memory of a loved one at a wedding. Depending on whom the person was, what was important to them and what you like, will make a difference in how you decide to honor their memory at your wedding. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure it has a special meaning to you and the person in whom it is in memory of as it will preserve the specialness of your day.