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A Simple Way to Remember Those Who Can't Be There on Your Wedding Day

DIY Etiquette Families

One of the reasons why we opted for a destination wedding is because we wanted our celebration to have an intimate feel, being surrounded by only our closest circle of family and friends. But like all weddings, both near or far, there were some loved ones who simply couldn't be there with us -- because they had already passed on. So when planning our wedding, I wanted to find a unique way to recognize these special people who could only be with us in spirit.

After scouring through websites and photos for different ways to remember our loved ones, we decided to create a small reception table of framed photos of each person that was lit by candlelight and a sweet poem. I cannot tell you how many of our guests expressed how much they loved the idea.

It was an easy, simple but beautiful tribute to our loved ones who we kept close to our hearts on our Wedding Day.

Here's the poem we used:


Always With Us


Today we pause to reflect upon

Those who have shaped our character,

Molded our spirits and touched our hearts.

May the lighting of these candles be a

Reminder of the memories we have shared,

A representation of the everlasting

Impact you have had upon our lives.


Although we can’t see you

We know that you are here

Smiling down and watching

As we say “I Do”


Forever in our hearts

Forever in our lives

Forever in our minds


This is in loving memory of you…



Did you do something special for the people who could only be there in spirit on your Wedding Day? Share your ideas with us in the comment section.
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About me: I am a former BDW Bride AKA as MarieSam and was addicted to this forum as I planned my own wedding in 2009. Since 2010, I have been the proud owner of MarieSam Sanchez Photography -- a husband and wife photography team based in Southern California and documenting love all over the world.



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