Gone But Not Forgotten: Honoring Deceased Loved Ones at Your Wedding

Planning your wedding day is something that everyone dreams of; starting forever with the love of your life while making memories with your family and closest friends surrounding you. But what about those who have passed on too soon? Always keep in mind that if you so choose, it is not uncommon to acknowledge the departed during the ceremony or reception.

Honoring Deceased Loved Ones at Your Wedding | Ceremonies by Janet Westall

Take a look at these unique and touching ways to include your lost loved ones during the celebration:

One subtle yet tasteful way to include your family member or friend during your wedding day is to carry a bouquet with some of their favorite flowers. The gesture is a great way to symbolize the bride carrying their memory with her, especially on this significant day.

Another common way to acknowledge your loved one is to include a family recipe on the menu. Whether it’s your grandmother’s famous cheesecake or your uncle’s delicious Italian Wedding Soup, it is easy to tie in a popular dish. While they can’t be there physically, their presence will radiate through these family favorites!

The wedding officiant will often invite the bride and groom to light a candle during the wedding ceremony. You can light an additional candle in their memory at this time. Feel free to say a few words during this moment or have another family member speak on everyone’s behalf. This is a beautiful way to honor not only your family member who has departed but anyone else in the room that might have lost someone.

Lastly, a memory table at the wedding reception is another way to include your late relative. The table can be as simple as one photo or a timeline of photos, and your guests will be able to enjoy looking through them and sharing old memories with one another. The day will truly be a celebration – a celebration of your start as man and wife and a celebration of life.

Your wedding is a special day that should include the ones dear to you – even those who have passed away. However, it is important for it to be done in a way that does not mistake your wedding for a memorial service. Your wedding planner will be able to assist you every step of the way in the preparation process, including finding a way to honor your loved one in a style that’s right for you.


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