In loving memory of my father, Mr. William Moses Kelly, Jr. (March 26, 1927 – May 6, 1974)

“Daddy, your commitment to God and family was clear to me at a young age. It was as if you continually “dreamed of a City called Heaven”, a song that I remember hearing every morning before you left for work. You had a calm peace, a warm smile, and always extended a helping hand. You were a good, noble, and humble man…never vain or bitter. You never exalted yourself above others. I was proud to be your little girl, anxiously waiting to be picked up when you returned from work.”

The death of a loved one hits hardest during one of the most significant events of your life…your wedding.  The little girl in me dreamt of all the details, but NEVER in my wildest dreams did I think my father would not be here to walk me down the aisle and give me away.

I didn’t consider or know to honor his memory in a tangible way. Honestly, I don’t think it was a thing 37 years ago. If I could turn back the hands of time, I would share a few ideas with that 27-year-old bride. (Oops, I just gave by age away lol.)

Here are 5 ways to honor the memory of your loved ones on your wedding day.

1. Reserved Seating

Place a rose and framed photo on the seat where your loved ones would have sat during the ceremony, moving the items to the place setting at their table for the reception. This serves as a symbolic gesture to acknowledge their presence.

2. Photo Display

Create a photo display or memory table with framed photos and mementos of your loved ones. This allows everyone to reflect on their memories in a visual way.

3. Moment of Silence

During the ceremony or reception, have a moment of silence to honor and remember your loved ones. This is another way for everyone to reflect on their memories.

4. Inclusion in Speeches or Vows

Incorporate a tribute to your loved ones in your speeches or vows. Share stories, memories, or quotes that were meaningful to you and your relationship with them. This allows you to express your love and gratitude for their impact on your life.

5. Special Song or Dance

Choose a special song that reminds you of your loved ones and dedicate it to them during the reception. You can have a moment to dance or invite others to join in, creating a heartfelt tribute on the dance floor.

Your Turn

Honoring your loved ones is a beautiful way to include them in your wedding celebration. The beauty is, there is no right or wrong way. Choose the gesture that feels most meaningful and authentic to you and your unique relationship.

Connect with Marvalous Weddings to implement your vision as you honor your loved ones on your special day.