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Remembering deceased relatives on your wedding day can bring a sense of peace to the sadness, so take our experts' recommendation and find the right way to recognize their meaningful presence in your life.
Whether it's a grandmother you treasured as a child or sibling you always imagined standing by your side, the loss of a close family member feels more poignant than ever on special occasions like your wedding day. Incorporating these people into your ceremony will make feeling their presence more of a happy memory rather than one of sadness.
There are plenty of ways to honor a person who can't be there, whether it's an intention of remembrance during the ceremony, a thoughtful written message in the program, or a song used in the procession that no one but you two would recognize as special. Knowing that those people are there in spirit to share in your happiness will give you peace.
Don't hesitate to prepare something well in advance so that it can be weaved into the fabric of the day. It's natural to worry that this may be perceived as sad or morbid, but it's honestly quite the opposite. During special occasions, we tend to remember those who are no longer with us anyways, and by allowing everyone who knew the person to embrace those memories brings a sense of collective happiness. We guarantee it will be uplifting.
Keep it simple and small so that it doesn't become the focus of the wedding, and it will undoubtedly add to the joyful spirit of the day.