The reality of a wedding is that not everyone is going to be able to make it. However, it is still possible to go about honoring loved ones even when they aren’t able to make it.

Honoring Loved Ones Who Can’t Attend Your Wedding

One of the first things you’ll notice when planning your wedding is that not everyone who you’ve sent wedding invitations is going to be able to make it. There are various reasons for this, including having relatives who have recently passed away or are ill. Other issues, such as not being able to afford to get to your destination may also be a cause for someone not attending your wedding. You understandably can be disappointed by the situation, but there are still ways of having them be a part of your big day. Read on to learn a few tips and tricks to honoring loved ones who can’t make it to your wedding day.

Honoring Loved Ones on Your Bouquet

If the person not being able to attend your wedding is someone very close, such as a father or mother figure, adding his or her photo to your bouquet is one of the best things you can do to have him or her right there when you make your vows. The photo used doesn’t have to be large. Instead, utilize wallet-sized pictures that you can easily attach to your floral arrangement. You may also ask your chosen bridal boutique to see if they can help you attach these pictures onto other areas, such as your wedding dress.

Reserve a Seat for Them

Just because a loved one can’t be at your wedding doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a place for him or her. Reserving a seat for this absent loved one at your chosen church and reception area allows you to not only show him or her that you still care, but you’re demonstrating to everyone who attends that he or she is not being forgotten.

Incorporate Them Into Your Speech or Vows

Possibly the most powerful way you can honor your loved ones during the wedding is by including them into your speech at your wedding reception or even during your vows. This is especially powerful when they have passed as you are including them into one of your most memorable and special days.