Post by Paula Wyn; WedPics Blogger | About Paula
A wedding can often can be a bitter sweet occasion when loved ones who have passed on can only attend in spirit. Especially when those loved ones are your parents. One way to fill this void is to include them in the ceremony in some way. Both my father and his mother passed away more than 10 years before our wedding and we wanted to honor their memory.
So, as I do so often, I took to the internet for ideas. I actually came across 2 ideas that I loved. Instead of choosing one over the other, I did both.
‘In Memory’ Chairs
I had purchased 2 antique chairs at a junk shop for $1.50 each. Our theme was Vintage Eclectic so they fit right in. We covered the seats with vintage fabric I had purchased at an antique store and just cleaned up the finish. On each seat we framed a picture of each parent and added a sign that read:
IN MEMORY OF…
“On this joyous occasion, we would like to remember those who are no longer with us, but we know their loving presence and spirit are with us today and always”
The chairs were place front and center with each respective living parent sitting beside them. After the ceremony the pictures and signs were brought into the reception space and placed on the fireplace mantel with the wedding party bouquets’. This way they were looking on as we had our first dance.
‘In Memory’ Lockets
While planning our wedding, the one thing I knew I wanted to do was leave out many of the usual wedding traditions, but the little girl inside me still wanted my dad to walk me down the aisle.
To accomplish this I purchased two lockets. One containing my dads’ picture hung from my bouquet. The other containing his moms’ picture I incorporated into his boutonnière.
Loved ones may be gone but not forgotten. Use your creativity (or excellent Googling skills) to make them part of your day!