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The Idea: Create a tenderhearted tribute to loved ones—living and deceased—by displaying framed heirloom photographs on your reception tables. It's a great way to personalize your affair and spark conversations. Simply ask friends and family to lend you their old photographs (think black-and-whites of Uncle Jim out on the lawn or a snapshot of a great aunt aboard a cruise ship), have them framed, then place them at tables where your guests will recognize the subjects.

Why We Love It: You can carry the theme through to your party favors. Present guests with their own antique-style frames in which they can honor their own loved ones. —Ashley Moore