Today we are going to talk about lost loved ones.
I need to mention death, as many weddings lose close family members in the lead up to their wedding – which makes the day not just a happy day but also a sad one.
Particularly if it’s the brides’ father – who she had planned to walk her down the aisle.
Discuss with your family members how much you wish them to talk about the deceased person before the day.
Make sure everyone is clear and respects your wishes.
If you want to be composed and happy for the wedding day, ask them to not make a big reference to that person during speeches other than a short word in respect.
Too many weddings I see an Uncle come up to the microphone without warning and start a lengthy and heart wrenching tribute about the bride’s father who has just passed away – making the bride totally fall apart.
And this was the one thing the bride told me she did not want to have happen on her wedding day!
It’s lovely to have a framed photo of the deceased either on the bridal table or on the signing table. It makes you feel like they are with you.
You can also carry something special of theirs like a hanky, a piece of jewellery or a small photo in a locket tied onto your flowers if you don’t want to wear it as a fashion accessory.
Everybody needs to grieve death in their own way and it’s your wedding and your choice on how much of your wedding you would like dedicated to the memory of your lost loved one.
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