Today is September 11th, which is one of the most weighty days of the entire year. We at SimplyBridal wondered what would be appropriate to post today or if we want to dedicate today's blog post to those who passed away. Instead, we stumbled upon this quote, "The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude. In moments of great joy -- like weddings -- we often think about loved ones who aren't there to share it with us, and it is a tricky subject to honor them and appreciate them in a way that truly pays tribute to their memory so that it's positive rather than negative.
Parents and Parental Figures
There are a variety of ways you can pay your respects to your parents, grandparents, and mentor figures. While deceased loved ones cannot "host" a wedding, some couples choose to mention them in the invitation or wedding program. Instead of a father-daughter dance or a mother-son dance, there can be a song played on an empty dance floor or a memorial slideshow. Sometimes, a mother can stand in place of a deceased father or vice versa.
Other Loved Ones
Some couples reserve a few empty seats during the wedding ceremony to symbolize the space where their loved ones would have sat, or have the officiant mention them in the ceremony. Others erect a small memorial with pictures and tokens at the reception, while others have the DJ give a shout out during the night.
Other Things to Do