While it is true that weddings are one of the happiest moments in people’s lives (both for those getting married and for those who witness their love), it is always a little difficult to enjoy the occasion to the fullest when a loved one is no longer present.
Taking this big step in the absence of a family member or friend adds many more emotions to a day that is already full of them. Fortunately, today’s overall connectivity and creative initiatives have brought an infinite number of possibilities for couples and their guests to have unique and unforgettable memories.
There are many beautiful and meaningful ways to pay homage to those who have passed; rituals and actions that can not only make gatherings truly unique and special, but can also take ceremonies to another emotional level.
If you are looking for a way to physically portray or include the memory of your loved one on your special day, we present you with 5 ideas on how to do so:
1. Reserve a seat
They may not be with you in person, but they are certainly with you at heart. It doesn’t matter if you place a photo, a flower, their favorite garment, or some other symbol on the seat; the important thing is that you and your partner know who it is reserved for.
2. Dedicate a reading
A very emotional way of expressing our love for someone, is through words and writing. Whether it’s with a famous poem, song lyrics, a passage, or vows of your own, send your thoughts out to them by reading something special.
3. Use their special recipe
They say that cooking is a love language, and so is sharing recipes with one another. Whether it’s with a dessert, an appetizer, or a full menu, let everyone have a taste of that loved one’s magic as they all gather round the table.
4. Feature “their song”
Few things say more about a person than the music they love or used to love. Playing their favorite song while you walk down the aisle, or when you do your first dance as husband and wife, or when you light up the party, is always a good idea. Turn the volume up and go for it!
5. Release a balloon
If we can’t yet get to heaven to reach our angels, balloons can certainly get closer. You can do this at any time during the ceremony, and you can even ask your guests to do this with you, too.
All of these options perfectly reflect how important these people have been to us, and also have the emotional touch that every wedding needs. You can do them the traditional way, or personalize them to give it your and your partner’s vibe. Either way, your loved ones will surely be with you every step of the way.