Weddings are a special time for family and friends, and when you’ve lost a loved one, the feelings of grief can resurface, no matter how long ago the funeral services were. Although your loved one is gone, it doesn’t mean that you can’t include him or her in your ceremony. Consider these ideas for honoring your lost loved ones at your wedding ceremony.
Create a Photo Display
A photo display is a simple and memorable way to honor family and friends who have passed away. Display framed photos of your loved ones or create a picture collage using photos of lost family members from both the bride and groom. Include a poem or statement explaining the photos so that your guests understand why your display is so meaningful.
Sew Mementos into Your Wedding Attire
Keep a special loved one close to you throughout your wedding ceremony by having a photo or other memento, such as a note, stitched into the lining of the bride’s wedding dress or tucked into the bride’s purse or the groom’s jacket. You may also opt to have a piece of your loved one’s clothing added to your own. For instance, you could sew some of your mother’s wedding gown into your wedding outfit, or you could cut a piece of a cloth from your grandfather’s shirt to sew into your clothing to use as your “something old.”
Make a Donation in Lieu of Gifts
Rather than purchasing wedding favors, make a charitable donation in the name of the deceased. Choose a cause that was close to the person’s heart or contribute to a medical research fund for the illness that affected him or her. Create a note for your guests informing them of the donation and your reason for the tribute.
At Skylawn Memorial Park, we understand how important it is to honor your loved ones, even long after they are gone. Our beautiful funeral home and memorial park in San Mateo provide a place for you to come to pay your respects to your lost family members and friends. Find out about our personalized memorials and signature funeral services by calling (650) 349-4411.