Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ways to Celebrate Late Family Members During Your Ceremony

A wedding day is emotional enough, especially when some family members are unable to be with you. In remembrance of these loved ones, there are many ways to show that they are with you on your special day.

Candles add a touch of ambiance and are a wonderful way to acknowledge those who have passed. The families can either light the candles during the processional, or they can be lit prior to the ceremony. This is traditional in Catholic weddings, but it can be done in any type of ceremony. Gracious Bridal’s Personalized Wedding Memorial Vase is both decorative and is a lovely way to remember family members.

Pictures are another great way. Seats in the first row (traditionally saved for family members) can be “Reserved” for those unable to attend. Framed photographs mark the remembrance of loved ones in the family row during the wedding ceremony. Also, photos can be placed around the reception site for guests to view throughout the night.

Single flowers or small bouquets can also be placed in the empty seats to represent the late family member during the wedding ceremony. The flowers can then be moved to become the centerpieces for family tables or as an accent for the cake table.

A Moment of Prayer for more recent losses in religious ceremonies, a moment of prayer can be observed at the beginning of the service.

Or you can combine the options with a Personalized Memorial Candle and Frame Set to show honor.

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