Ways to Remember Our Loved Ones
As we head full steam into the holiday season, we look forward to celebrating these special times with family and friends. We plan events big and small to commemorate another year of birthdays, anniversaries and assorted good times. We also remember those who are not there to share these events with us. Perhaps there is an aunt whose presence is still felt when her favorite Christmas carol comes on the radio. Or a grandfather who can still be heard cheering on his favorite football team at Thanksgiving.
The holidays also provide us a wonderful opportunity to remember the lives of those who are no longer with us. And while it may not seem obvious, weddings provide an opportunity to remember and cherish these people too. Here are a few touching and thoughtful ways I’ve come across to share your affection for a lost loved one with your guests in a tasteful and joyous manner.
Pictures to set the scene
Many people are including a collection of snapshots of the bride and groom and their families in the reception entryway or on display during the cocktail hour. This provides guests an introduction to the couples who came before you. I love when couples include pictures both old and new – a mix of black and white – a bit of romance and history combined.
Including a prayer or reading at your service
Whatever kind of service you are having, there is always room to include a favorite reading, poem or song in honor of a loved one. If there’s a book you used to read together, or a song you always sang along to, why not work it into your ceremony? Even if it’s something a little different, why not choose something unique to celebrate this person who brought joy to your life?
A popular option in lieu of traditional wedding favors is to make a donation to a favorite charity. Why not donate to an organization that was meaningful to your loved one? Most charities have someone on staff to help you properly celebrate that special person. A donation in that person’s name, perhaps to a particular part of an organization they felt strongly about, is a wonderful way to remember them.
Here’s to celebrating all your favorite people on your big day!