How Can I Honor My Late Grandmother at the Wedding?

Ceremony & Vows, Etiquette
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Have a question about any part of the wedding planning process—including those tricky ones like how to incorporate family heirlooms, how to keep yourself from crying at your wedding (hint: don't), and whether to invite kids? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to help.

What's a proper way to honor my late grandmother at the wedding?

One idea is to place a vase of her favorite flowers at the altar, with a line explaining its significance in your wedding program. Light a candle in her memory or have your officiant say a few words about how much she meant to you. If you'd rather pay tribute at the reception, play her favorite song and invite guests onto the dance floor. Just don't overdo these gestures—this is a day to celebrate, not to mourn.

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