12 Heartfelt Ways To Include Lost Loved Ones In Your Wedding Day

Nothing compares to physically having all of your loved ones by your side on your wedding day. But by honoring deceased relatives and friends in a way that feels true to your relationship, it allows those people to be there in spirit.

Below are 12 sentimental ways to include them in your celebration.

  • 1. Set up a photo display with a special message at the reception


    The Brauns via Ruffled

  • 2. Wrap the bouquets in ties he once wore


    Zofia & Co.

  • 3. Sew a cherished photo of that person into your wedding gown


    Lauren Balingit via Style Me Pretty

  • …Or a handwritten note that you’ve held onto


    Janine Deanna Photography

  • 4. Cut a piece out of a man’s dress shirt and make it your ‘something blue’


    Fawn Christiansen Photography via Bridal Guide

  • 5. Hang tiny picture frame charms from your bridal bouquet


    The Brauns

  • …Or choose a single photo


    Vesic Photography

  • 6. Create a simple bracelet using a loved one’s wedding band


    By Way Of Ney

  • 7. Carry a family heirloom, like this prayer book, with you down the aisle


    Hoffer Photography

  • 8. Wipe your happy tears with a loved one’s handkerchief


    Mandy Fierens Photography

  • 9. Make a charitable donation in that person’s name, in lieu of a wedding favor


    Zofia & Co.

  • …It’s more meaningful than any small favor you could give


    Zofia & Co.

  • 10. Wear a loved one’s wedding ring in addition to your own


    Mandy Fierens Photography

  • 11. Reserve a seat for someone who couldn’t be there with a single flower


    Vesic Photography

  • …Or save a place for them with one of their prized possessions


    Heavenly Blooms

  • 12. Hold a framed photo of that person during the ceremony


    Del Sol Photography

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