When the one we love the most isn’t able to be at these important milestones in our life, it can be very upsetting. Fortunately, there are many meaningful ways you can remember loved ones and acknowledge these special people on your wedding day – here’s a list of touching ideas for how to honor and remember them.

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When planning with your florist, ask to include your loved one’s favorite flower in your bouquet or boutonniere.

Attach a photo locket, piece of jewelry, a handkerchief, or another personal item to your bouquet to remember your loved ones.

Cut a piece of your loved one’s clothing in the shape of a heart and sew it to the inside of your dress. Or if you wanted to remember mom or grandmother a piece of their wedding gown. This can also be your something old or blue.

Wear your father’s tie or cufflinks to remember him on the day.

Pin a photo locket to your boutonniere or have custom cufflinks with a photo of them on it so they can be close to your heart.

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Add photos of loved ones who can’t be there to your ceremony aisle.

Reserve a unique front-row seat to remember your loved ones at the ceremony with a photo, flower, or candle.

If you miss your mom or dad, carry a small photo frame tied with a ribbon on your arm or attach a photo locket to your shoes so your father can still walk you down the aisle.

Light a candle during the service in memory of all those who are there in spirit.

Please include a picture of them on your altar table so they can be part of your certificate signing photos.

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11. Create a photo display celebrating those who have passed. Old wedding photos are a lovely touch.

12. A way to remember loved ones is to have a place set with their picture at the table.

13. Toast with their favorite wine or include their favorite after five drink on your bar menu.

14. Incorporate a favorite food or activity of theirs into your day.

15. Dance to their favorite song.

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We think about you always, and we talk about you still. You have never been forgotten, and you never will. We hold you close within our hearts, and there you will remain. To walk and guide us through our lives, until we meet again.”

Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and very dear.”

On this special day, our thoughts are with the loved ones who could not be with us. We feel your presence in our hearts.”

Forever in our thoughts, you have never gone away. We wish you could be here to share our special day.”

Your presence is in our hearts as we say ‘I Do.’ We proudly say our vows in loving memory of you.”

Whether the ones that are most dear to us can be at your wedding or not, there is always a personal way to remember loved ones on your wedding day. Enjoy your wedding planning.


About The Author

Caroline Rizzo is one of the owners of David Eric Photography in Maywood, New Jersey. With over 25 years of experience in the wedding industry, she has won awards for excellence in photography and design. Caroline has helped hundreds of brides get the most out of planning their wedding to make it picture-perfect.

David Eric Photography is a vendor that does at least four bridal shows per year and has seen so many brides get overwhelmed with the whole wedding planning process. If you are looking for an experienced wedding photographer who can also help with those details that most don’t know of, call Caroline of David Eric Photography, Northern New Jersey’s most sought-after wedding photography studio, 201-880-5400, or email her at

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