6. Toast in their memory.
One of my favorite moments at my reception was when we gathered all of my grandma’s relatives and made a toast with her all-time favorite drink. It’s a great way to bring the family together for a meaningful moment.
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7. Dedicate a part of the ceremony to that person.
For one of your readings, choose your loved one’s favorite poem or story. Play their favorite song as you walk down the aisle. Since my grandma loved spending summers at the Jersey Shore, we decided to do a sand ceremony in her honor—we even used sand from her favorite beach.
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8. Consider your favors.
Did your loved one battle lung cancer? A donation in his honor to the American Lung Association makes a wonderful and meaningful wedding favor. Or, consider her favorite treat—a small box of fudge from her favorite candy shop will bring back great memories for those who knew her. Did he love playing the lottery? Give each guest a scratch-off lottery ticket. You can either include a note to inform guests that it's in someone's memory, or you can keep that fact private.
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9. Moment of silence.
Especially for religious couples, a moment of silence within your house of worship is a powerful way to recognize a lost loved one. Typically, the moment of silence happens right after your walk down the aisle.
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10. Save them a seat.
A physical reminder of the person you’re missing, perhaps an empty seat in their honor, is a strong way to recognize a lost loved one. Place a single rose or small bouquet on the chair either before the ceremony starts or as a part of the ceremony. Keep in mind, though, that looking out and seeing an empty seat while you’re exchanging your vows may trigger sad feelings.
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Tell us: How are you planning to honor lost loved ones at your wedding?