July 16, 2012

Celebrating Loved Ones

There are many events in one’s life that are going to very memorable and obviously your wedding day is going to be one of them. The passing of friends or relatives can make these major life events be difficult where as you will be missing these important people from your wedding day. Celebrating their lives in some form of memorial can really make your wedding day a special one.

Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days in your life and in most cases, it is. However, when you have lost a loved one, it can make your wedding day have a little cloud over it because that person is not there. Instead of being sad, use your wedding day to let people reflect on the missing person’s life without making it a sad memory.

As a bride, if you have lost your father then it will be a very emotional day because he is supposed to walk you down the aisle. This is unavoidable, but make it a positive part of your wedding. Having your father’s best friend or brother walk you down the aisle can be a good way to have his presence be known and give you a sense of closeness with him.

Listing people that have passed on that would have been in your bridal party on the wedding invitation is a good way to show that you are thinking of them on your special day. Just make a notation or write a little prayer next to their name so other guests are not confused as to why you have 6 bridesmaids listed, but only five are standing in.

Leaving an open seat at the reception dinner for the missing guest with a rose on their chair or a picture of them at the place setting can also be a good way to share the memory of them. If there are several missing family members or friends from both the bride’s and the groom’s past, make a portrait of these loved ones and use it as an addition to your center pieces.

Obviously, you do not want to your wedding day to bright and uplifting, but there are many people who have lost close ones and by taking the steps to honor them it can give your wedding day more meaning to you and your guests. Just make sure you honor these people in a way that is uplifting and celebrates their lives.

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