7 Sentimental Ways to Memorialize a Loved One at Your Wedding

While nothing can take the place of loved ones who have passed on, there are many meaningful and subtle ways to honor their memories during your  wedding celebration. It's really up to the bride and groom to determine what is best for them. For many, this is a very important part of their ceremony.

If you are considering a memorial for a loved one at your wedding, here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Use their favorite flowers at your wedding
  2. Setup a memorial table at the ceremony venue and include photos and other mementos
  3. Place a photo and a bible on an empty chair
  4. Play their wedding song at your reception or your ceremony
  5. Make a special tribute to them in your wedding program
  6. Carry a photo of them with you down the aisle
  7. Light a candle in their honor and place it at the guest book table

Photo Memory Bouquet Buckle
Your wedding will be a joyous day in your life, but it can be difficult if you've lost someone close to you and they cannot be with you to share your day. We love this photo memory bouquet buckle because it enables you to hold someone close and carry their memory down the aisle with you. Truly a beautiful tribute to someone who has meant so much to your life.

Another personal way to memorialize a loved one at your wedding as you walk down the aisle is with a soft white satin ring pillow. The one shown here has rhinestone accents and satin streamers, and has a beautiful lace-trimmed pocket for inserting your cherished photo.

Memorial Ring Pillow



If you prefer to use a memorial candle, a floating memorial candle & frame set is a special way to honor your loved ones. A lovely wide glass vase is engraved with the words “Forever in our Hearts... Forever in our Lives” across the top and bottom. A personalized name and date can be engraved in the center of the vase and along the bottom of the frame. This a touching tribute during the ceremony, but also becomes a special treasure for years to come.

Paying a special tribute to a loved one who has passed is a uniquely personal decision. You know your relationship with that person best, so don't worry about what anyone else thinks or says. Whatever you decide to do is going to be absolutely perfect for you ... and that's all that matters.
Floating Memorial Candle and Frame

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Our 5 Favorite Wedding Guest Book Alternatives

Fun Wedding Coasters Let Your Guests Give Marriage Advice
We love this unique guest book alternative. What a way to get your guests talking and get their insights on what makes a happy marriage. You'll enjoy these for years after the wedding, there's no doubt! These soft white paper coasters feature "Advice for the Mr. & Mrs." The design is printed in blue with red heart accent at bottom. Four lines for writing advice and area at bottom for signature. 4" x 4". Not available personalized. 25 per set.
Lovebirds Canvas Signature Guest Book
So romantic! This beautiful canvas becomes a work of art as your guests arrive and sign it. It's custom made, personalized free of charge, and fashioned with a vintage inspired lovebirds design and quote. This super cute guest book alternative creates interactive fun for your guests on the big day and a standout, signature art piece for every day after. Combining contemporary style to a time honored wedding tradition, this framed canvas transfers beautifully into custom home decor.  Quote along the top reads, "Without love, we are birds with broken wings." -Morrie Schwartz

Metal Etching Signature Frame
Another one of our favorites. This Personalized Signature Frame is a great alternative to traditional paper guest books and is a wonderful keepsake from your wedding day that can be displayed for years to come. You simply add your favorite photo! The easy-to-use Signature Engraving Scribe™ permanently etches signatures into the sturdy, high quality alloy surface. No special treatments are needed for the mat, your guests just sign and it is ready to display.
Signature Decorative Platter, Pen & Easel Set
If you're looking for a fun way to collect guest signatures, look no further than with our Signature Decorative Platter, Pen & Easel Set. An interactive way to involve your guests, this fun platter also makes an amazing keepsake for your home. The three dimensional design of the square platter gives a modern twist to traditional shape, and the vintage easel easily displays it for all to see.
The Story of Us
Personalize this unique guest book alternative with your very own love story! Fill the pages with the story of your first date, how he proposed, your family trees and so much more. Your guests can read your "Story of Us" then sign in the guest book space at the back of the book (allows for up to 128 signatures). Includes a small hidden compartment suitable for a few select keepsakes such as your "something blue" or sentimental marriage vows.


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5 Indispensable Tips for Your Wedding Reception Tables



5 Indispensable Tips for Your Wedding Reception Tables
Once you have decided where to have your wedding reception, you can start thinking about the design of your reception tables.
1. Place Cards & Place Card Holders
Using place cards and place card holders not only direct guests to their seats, but they are the perfect way to dress up your reception tables or to continue a theme. Today, many place card holders can do double duty by also serving as a wedding favor for your guests.
2. Centerpieces
Another aspect of reception table decoration is the centerpiece. You want to be sure that the reception centerpieces are not so large that they keeps your guests from seeing each other. One really clever idea is to create a larger floral or candle arrangement using smaller vases and candles.  At the end of the reception, the individual pieces serve as wedding favors when each person seated at the table then takes one of them home.
3. The Head Table
If you are planning to have a head table for you and your wedding attendants, be sure to put it at the front of the room.  It is customary for the head table to seat each of the attendants facing the other wedding guests.
A very popular decorating idea is to use wedding party toasting glasses at each place setting. Another idea is to consider decorating the head table with one of the accent colors used elsewhere at the reception. For example, if you have chosen garnet and gold for your wedding colors, the guests’ tables may be covered in garnet table cloths, while the head table is covered in shimmering gold with garnet accents.

 
4. The Gift Table
Many of your guests will bring their wedding gift with them to the reception. Place your gift table near the entrance of the reception so that your guests don’t have to worry with storing it during the party. You can also move your guest book from the ceremony location to the reception venue and place it nearby. Be sure to use make the table inviting by using the same decorations as the other tables in the room.
The gift table is also the perfect place for a wedding card holder, which can serve as the gift table centerpiece. There are some beautifully designed card holders available today, including personalized etched glass card holder which serve as wedding heirlooms after the event.
5. The Cake Table
Perhaps the most important table in the room is the table that holds the wedding cake. Because today's wedding cakes are available in so many beautiful designs, this table needs to be centrally located so that the wedding cake serves as both dessert and decoration. If you are planning to have people serve themselves wedding cake, then be sure there’s enough room for people to move on both sides.
Many brides purchase whimsical cake tops that fit the bride and groom's personality or custom personalized cake tops to set next to the cake as additional decoration and as a keepsake!


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