Author’s Note: First and foremost, this post is in memory of my father who is no longer with us. I miss you every single day. But more importantly this post is dedicated to those who lost their lives during the tragic events of 9/11. Your presence will forever be missed and you will never be forgotten. We also want to take the time to honor the innocent lives lost due to a crime they never committed. We pray for a day where attacks such as this one only remain in history books, and never happen again.
Your special day is never quite special enough without all of your loved ones present. It saddens me when I think about how my dad will never be there for my wedding day. He won’t get to see me in my Indian traditional wedding outfit, and I won’t be able to have my father/daughter dance with him. We have all lost people who are extremely close to our hearts; but it’s important to remember that they will always be there in spirit. There are plenty of heartwarming and special ways to honor our loved ones that we’ve lost that will do them justice to the kind of person that they were.
Reserve a seat with a picture of them front and center at your ceremony. When you look out into the crowd, they’ll be the first person you see.
Set up a table with pictures and memorabilia of them with a chalkboard written quote of something they love, or something they used to say.
Have doves fly into the sky just as the sun is setting to beautifully honor their memory.
Use their favorite song as your first dance.
Put pictures of them around your bridal bouquet so they’re in your hands as you walk down the aisle into the ceremony.
Have you and your spouse light a candle at the beginning of the ceremony in honor of their loving memory.
Start the ceremony off with a slideshow and a few kind words of your loved one and how much you would’ve loved for them to be there.
“So I send this special message to the Heaven up above. Please take care of my angel and send him all my love.”