By the time they get married, many brides have lost someone close to them; a grandmother/grandfather, parent or a friend. And many of those brides want to honor that person who can’t physically be there on their big day. Here are three ideas of how to keep a lost loved on close to you on your wedding day.

1. A picture on your bouquet. Take your favorite picture of that person (or even one of the two of you together) and tie it around the stems of the flowers on your bouquet. You can tie it with lace or ribbon, and know that a piece of them is with you all day long. It also does the trick of making your bouquet very personal and special to you.

2. Save a seat. One thing many brides do is a save a seat near the front during the ceremony or at a table during the reception for someone special to them who can’t physically attend. You can put a framed picture on the seat itself, or simply put a sign that says “Reserved for…” and the person’s name. You can decorate the chair as well to make it more special to you — if it’s your grandmother you’re trying to honor, cover the chair with the blanket she made you when you were a child.

3. Wearing something old. You all know you need to have something old and something new (and borrowed and blue, of course). Wear your mother’s pearls. Sew a piece of lace from your grandmother’s dress into your own dress. Your father’s watch. Your friend’s bracelet. Anything that was special to them and now means a lot to you now that they’re gone, wear one your wedding day. Don’t worry about it matching perfectly with the rest of your style — if it means something to you, it’s not out of place in any way.


There are, of course, many other ways to honor those close to you. Have a space in the program, make them an honorary bridesmaid/groomsman, dedicate a table to all of those who have passed. Just do something that feels right to you! Photo: To Travel and Beyond

The author: Beth Wertz

Beth graduated from James Madison University in 2014 with a degree in journalism. Most of her spare time is spent looking at wedding dresses and watching Netflix, hoping to get more ideas for Style Inspirations.
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