Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.
Your wedding day is said to be one of the happiest of your life, but it can be bittersweet to remember loved ones who have passed on and will be unable to join in the celebration. On your big day, use these memorial ideas to remember and honor those who are no longer here.
|Walk Down the Aisle
The walk to the altar is a touchy subject for some brides whose fathers have passed away. Even though he may not be here in person, keep your Dad nearby in spirit as you walk down the aisle by using some sentimental jewelry-making ingenuity.
|Some brides have opted for creating brooches, lockets or small photo frames and then attaching these to their bouquet instead of their shoes. Chain, cupchain, ribbon and other cording easily wrap around stems or attach to the floral tape with a safety pin, bail or clasp and dangle down to brush the hands of the bride and remind her that friends and loved ones are still with her in memories. Some brides include pearl or crystal drops as well as the name of the individual or their initials using metal blanks and stamps.|
|A popular way to acknowledge those who have passed is with decorative signs and photo frames. Choose a photo of you together, or a favorite image of just them, and place a photo frame on a designated memorial table. Decorate the frames with charms that spell out their name or of favorite activities (i.e. baseball charms if they were into the great American pastime, muffin pans if you spent time baking with them, etc.). It's also common to create a decorative sign to let guests know the significance of the frames. Consider one of these phrases and use a multitude of jewelry-making supplies to make the sign gorgeous such as Swarovski crystal flat backs, crafting paper, kanzashi flowers and more.|
For more ideas on how to incorporate those who have passed into your wedding, read ''No Walk Down the Aisle: Remembering Mom and Dad on Your Wedding Day'' by our own Barbara van Look. Remembering loved ones on your wedding day creates special memories for you, and for guests who also knew those who have passed. Keep those you love with you in spirit, especially on such a momentous and happy occasion as the day you say, "I do."
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