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Ways to Honour Lost Loved Ones at Your Wedding

Your wedding day is a wonderful opportunity to think about lost loved ones. There are lots of special ways that you can incorporate them into your Big Day, by displaying photos, lighting a candle or doing something more subtle and sentimental.


A designated chair

A sweet way to remind yourself, and everybody present, that your loved ones are with you no matter what is to reserve a seat for them. Place a photo on a chair, a ‘reserved’ sign or an item of theirs.

Meghan McSweeney Photography


Photos by Yaz





There are so many special ways to incorporate photos of lost loved ones into your wedding. You could have a special table just for them, or include photos of them amongst your decor as a symbol that they are there with you!

Paul and Grace Photography


Your Day Ibiza


Carry them with you

A touching way to remember lost loved ones is to wear something of theirs or to incorporate a photo of them into your tie, bouquet or dress.



The Knot


Light a candle

Lighting a candle is a special and symbolic way of remembering lost loved ones. You could do this as an intimate moment alone, make it part of your ceremony or put a table in plain sight so everybody can take part.

Carly Marie Events


Write a letter

A personal (and emotional) thing you could do is write a letter to the person or people you have lost. This is a sentimental way to include them in your special day.

Andrea Cittadini


Make a toast

Another beautiful way to pay tribute to lost loved ones is to mention them in your wedding speech or toast!

Related: Wedding Speeches – Do’s and Don’ts

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Kelly Jane Hartmann

Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.

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