Pearls of Wisdom

Remembering Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

by Leslie McLane, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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.

Remembering Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day 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.
  1. Find a good picture of your Dad that isn't too big and have two printed out.
  2. Choose a bezel setting the image of your Dad's smiling face can fit in.
  3. Cut out the image and adhere to the setting with adhesive. Cover the picture with regular Scotch® tape to seal the image.
  4. Fill the bezel with ICE Resin®. Control the amount of resin added by dripping it off a stir stick. Allow the resin to cure. To create a dome, add a small additional amount of ICE Resin after the first layer has cured. Allow the second layer to cure.
  5. Decorate the outer edge of the bezel with ball chain, Preciosa banding, cupchain or rhinestones.
  6. Attach the setting to a jumpring or two then attach to the heel of your wedding shoes. If there isn't an immediately obvious connection point, create a wire loop through the outer layer of the shoe material or stitch a small, matching piece of material where the high heel meets the actual heel of the shoe.

    Voila, your father can walk you down the aisle after all!

Bouquet Additions

We Know You Would Be Here Today If Heaven Wasn 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.

Frames and Signs

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. Those We Love Don

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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