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There are few things more special than celebrating your wedding day surrounded by family and friends. For some, this is difficult to achieve. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult hands life can deal you. Amid planning a wedding, you’ll find yourself wanting to call them, run into their arms, or even hear their voice one more time just to put your mind at ease. However, it’s important to focus on ways you can honor your lost loved ones so they too can be a part of the happiest day of your life. 

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Memory Table

A sweet way to honor your loved ones at your wedding is making a memory table. Located in your reception area, this table can hold whatever you please. If you’re more of a minimalist, frame a picture of your loved one and place it below an “In Memory of” sign. If you want a fuller display, add a more personalized touch with a quote or maybe a few more pictures. Sometimes all it takes is looking at pictures to put our minds at ease; dusting off an old photo album can give us that sense of relief. Fan these pictures out and let the memories fill the table. This is a subtle yet heartfelt tribute to the people we wish could be with us forever.

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Reserved Chair

Another exceptional way of honoring a loved one at your wedding is setting up a reserved chair in their memory. This is the perfect homage to any passed family member. The chair can be placed in the ceremony or reception or both. Present it with a reserved sign either hanging off the back or arranged on the seat of the chair. This is one of the most commonly used ways to honor a loved one and can be perfect for any style wedding. 

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Wearing Their Jewelry

If you’re a more subtle bride and wish to honor your lost female loved one in a private and quiet manner, wearing their jewelry is a unique and noteworthy way of doing just that. Slide on their favorite old ring, clip on that timeless strand of pearls, or show off their most beautiful pair of earrings. Whatever jewelry you choose to display, this is an ideal and understated way to keep the memory of your lost loved ones close to your heart and present at your wedding.

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Personalized Bouquet 

Another subtle way of honoring your lost loved one at your wedding is including a little piece of them in your bouquet. This is an increasingly popular way of keeping their memory present on your wedding day. For this, all you have to do is wrap a garment of theirs (i.e. a piece of an old wedding dress or favorite t-shirt) around the stems of the flowers in your bouquet. You can also hang other important items from the stems such as a watch or an old knick-knack. This is a great way of honoring that special family member or friend in a low-key, intimate way. 

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A Toast

For a more public memorial, dedicate a toast to that special person and raise a glass to a life lived and a loved one missed. This is a significant way of letting everyone know the day is missing someone special. This gives you a chance to give a more widespread acknowledgment to the ones you wish were celebrating with you. 

Whichever way you chose to honor your lost loved one, remember this: they are there with you in spirit, holding your hand through the tough times and always watching over you. You may not be able to see them, but you can feel them in your heart and all around you. 


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