5 Ways to Remember or Honor Someone at Your Wedding

5 Ways to Remember or Honor Someone at Your Wedding

Author: Gillian Barnes/Thursday, October 26, 2017/Categories: Weddings

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Weddings are wonderful occasions for families. A wedding could be one of the proudest days of a parent’s life. A wedding could be the reason a cousin flies across an ocean. A wedding could be the reason you become closer to your friends than ever.

But, what happens when a family member or close friend is forced to miss the festivities due to finances or other life circumstances? What happens when the bride’s father passes away before the special day? What happens when a brother or sister is away fighting for their country?

It is natural and encouraged for weddings to feature those who cannot be with you in that moment, but it is important to find a respectful and beautiful way to do so. Here are five ways you can pay tribute to an important person who is either faraway or on a different plane. 

Dedicate a Song

Depending on how public you would like to make your tribute, it could be appropriate to dedicate a song to those who could not be with you. A song dedication can be as general or as specific as you’d like and can address one or multiple people.

Decorate Your Bouquet

Sometimes brides do not have the opportunity to be walked down the aisle by their father. While a brother or close friend often steps in to fill this void, you can still include him.

One way you can do this is by adding a small photographic charm on your bouquet. Symbolically, this gesture will allow him to walk you down the aisle. And, your photographer will likely photograph your bouquet therefore providing you with pictures where he was present in a small way. It is a respectful, but subtle tribute.

Give Them Their Own Table or Save Them a Seat

You can include a table with photographs of those who are no longer with you. Oftentimes, brides and grooms use this kind of option to showcase grandparents with whom they would have liked to share their day.

Alternatively, if you are having seats at your wedding service, you could always “save a seat” for those who are no longer with you. Some couples use flowers or photographs to decorate those places.

Tributes such as these tend to spark old memories and stories from current family members, making your day even more meaningful.  

Make a Donation

Was your relative a champion for a specific charitable cause? Consider registering to have some of your gifted funds be given in that person’s name on your behalf.

Alternatively, you can donate some of your monetary gifts at a later date in their name as well. You’ll feel amazing knowing that you helped make the world a better place in the name of your loved one.

Live Stream Your Wedding

In this day and age, even if certain guests cannot be there in person, they can watch it live. Consider having one dedicated person Facebook Live your wedding so that faraway friends can be there too. They will be able to react and share in your day digitally, and it will be posted for all to see at a later date.


There are many ways to pay tribute to and include guests that couldn’t make it. For further ideas, we recommend reviewing this article on The Knot, which has a few alterative ideas as well as images echoing our own suggestions.

We at Atkinson Resort & Country Club are happy to talk to you about the details of your wedding. If you would like to learn more about weddings at our facility, click here.


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