Many couples want to honor deceased relatives by symbolically representing their presence at the wedding. Traditionally, one might leave an empty chair with the person’s name on it, but I think it preferable to find a way to honor the family member in a more private manner; after all, this is a celebration, and you don’t want to sadden everyone. This could mean wearing something that belonged to the person, visiting the cemetery before the wedding, playing his favorite song, carrying her favorite flower, or wearing a charm or locket with a photo. A locket or incorporating a piece of jewelry that belonged to them is a great way to hold your loved one close to your heart. Customized jewelry is always a great way to go especially when honoring a loved one.
A traditional way of honoring those who have passed. A picture display can be great a touch to honor the deceased. A guests book table, cake table, or a separate table are all great places. Toast to them at the reception. Find a time to sneak away with your spouse and have a special remembrance in honor of your loved one. Light and candle or say a prayer. Have them be your “something blue”. Give guests Forget me not seed in honor of your loved one. This can double as the perfect sentimental favor your guests will love. Have your ceremony or reception musicians play a song in remembrance of your loved one. If the death was very recent, it might be appropriate to add a note or dedication to the program, such as “Even on this day of joy, we want to remember those who are no longer with us,” then giving the person’s name and relationship to the bride or groom. If the officiant knew the family member, he might be able to weave him into his speech.