How To Honor Lost Loved Ones On Your Wedding Day.


A wedding is the joyous beginning of a new chapter in life, celebrated together with the loved ones of the happy couple. But what happens when someone near and dear to the bride or groom has passed on? This tricky—and oftentimes sensitive—scenario needs to be handled delicately, and it can oftentimes be stressful to find the best way to honor a lost loved one. It’s important that the gesture is meaningful and relevant, and something that the one who has passed on would have appreciated.

There are standard traditions, such as reserving a seat in the ceremony, that can be very beautiful. For those looking for something more unique, there are plenty of wonderful ideas that have been gaining in popularity. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below:

Photo Table

Many couples, such as Rebecca and David, opt for a reception table displaying photos of loved ones who could not be in attendance. A simple placard or quote, along with a beautiful floral arrangement, are a lovely way to complete the display. Other great ideas include a wall display of photographs, or having the photos integrated in the ceremony itself.


Charms or Mementos for the Bouquet and/or Boutonniere

Photographs are a simple, yet poignant, way to include loved ones in a wedding—and this does not have to be limited to a table or wall display, either. Many brides and grooms have photographs of their loved ones turned into a charm that can be attached to the bouquet or boutonniere, a symbolic one of having them with them as they walk down the aisle. It is also a beautiful idea to attach other kinds of mementos, such as a handkerchief or piece of lace, to the bouquet or boutonniere as well—and, of course, include the deceased’s favorite flower in the arrangement itself.

Honoring Loved Ones at a Wedding - Björn & Company

Personalized Favors

Alexis, in her wedding to Gavin, found a truly memorable way to honor her late grandmother. Guests received jars of her grandmother’s homemade ketchup, created using a special recipe that had been in the family for generations. The couple also included a note sharing the significance of the favors. It was a touching and personal gesture that was meaningful to Alexis and everyone who had known—and loved—her grandmother.

Photo by   Anne-Claire Brun

Here at Björn & Company, whenever this situation arises, we work closely with the couple to learn more about the soul who has passed and find the perfect solution. We understand the tact necessary to successfully integrate these gestures into a wedding, and with our experience and willingness to think outside of the box, we have found many beautiful and unique ways to honor lost loved ones. While it can be painful to have someone close unable to attend such an important occasion, we know that it is still possible to feel as though they are smiling, laughing, and shedding a tear of happiness right alongside everyone else.

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Until next time!