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Honoring a Lost Loved One on Your Wedding Day

29 Aug Honoring a Lost Loved One on Your Wedding Day

honoring a loved oneIt’s important to have loved ones close by for your Puerto Rico wedding, but if for some reason your mother, father, grandparent or another beloved family member is absent on your big day, there are a number of ways you can honor that person during the celebration. This is probably one of the most difficult things for couples to decide on when planning a wedding, because you want to honor a lost loved one without dampening the celebratory spirit of the wedding. With this in mind, there are three things you should consider when planning a tribute to an absent family member on your wedding day: how fresh is the wound; what is appropriate for that particular person; and do you want to make the tribute private or public? Here are some ideas for honoring a lost loved one during your wedding in Rincon PR.

Leave an open chair – Leaving an empty seat as a physical and private reminder of a lost loved one is a strong way to honor them during your marriage ceremony. Some couples choose to place a single rose or a bouquet of flowers on the chair either before the ceremony starts or as part of the ceremony.

Dance to one of their favorite songs – Another private way to pay tribute to a loved one would be to dance to one of their favorite songs during the reception. Whether the song is slow or fast, it gives the couple an opportunity to honor their absent loved one in a less public way.

Include a tribute in the ceremony program – One of the simplest ways to remember a lost loved one on your wedding day is to include an “In Loving Memory” section in your ceremony program as a tribute to that person.

Wear something that reminds you of them – This is one of the most private ways to honor a lost loved one without bringing it to the attention of all the other guests at the wedding. Maybe you have a pair of earrings you got as a gift from your mother or a brooch that used to belong to your grandmother. Another option would be to incorporate something that reminds you of that person, such as a photograph, into your bouquet or into some aspect of the decoration at your wedding reception.

Put together a photo table – Some couples choose to feature family wedding photos on a photo table at their reception. This is a nice way for your guests to remember loved ones in a positive way and allows you to have a photograph of those closest to you – both living and deceased – at your wedding reception.

Give them special recognition in the speeches or ceremony – A nice way to remember a lost loved one would be to dedicate a part of the ceremony to that person, either by playing their favorite song as you walk down the aisle or including their favorite poem or story as one of the readings. Some couples instead choose to give a toast to or a short speech about their loved one during the reception.

Create a memory tree – Similar to a photo table, a memory tree is a way to put pictures of your loved ones on display during the reception. Some couples clip black and white pictures into the shape of photo tags with a string to hang from a potted plant or tree. If the reception is outside, you can hang photographs – framed or not – from the limbs of surrounding trees.

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