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How Can You Include Deceased Loved Ones in Your Wedding? May 15, 2019

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How Can You Include Deceased Loved Ones in Your Wedding?, Columbus, Ohio

Weddings are well-known for being major moments for both couples and their loved ones. But when family members have passed away before the event, it might feel like you’re celebrating without them. Fortunately, there are several ways you can include these individuals in your ceremony and reception to honor their memory and feel their presence during your big day. Here are just a few creative ideas to incorporate and honor them during your celebration.

5 Ways to Include Passed Family Members in Your Wedding Plans

1. Toast to Them

One of the simplest ways to honor a deceased family member at a wedding is to toast to them during the reception. This will not only allow you to express your love for them, but it also gives everyone else a chance to reflect on their memory. If a toast isn’t right for you, consider reciting one of their favorite quotes during the ceremony.

2. Create a Slideshow

Many weddings will feature a series of photographs of the newlyweds and their memories. If you have photos of your lost loved one, include photos you took with them in the slideshow, so it can serve as a reminder of the important role they played in your life.

3. Arrange Their Favorite Flowers

weddingsIf your loved one had a favorite flower, you can include it in your decor—such as around the altar or within table centerpieces. With bright and colorful arrangements surrounding you and your guests, you will constantly be reminded of their love.

4.  Integrate Cherished Clothing With Yours   

If you have any clothing that was left behind by your loved one, you can include in in your wedding day attire. For example, some brides may sew a patch of a grandmother’s favorite dress into the lining of their wedding gown. Grooms may have a custom pocket square or tie crafted from a loved one’s clothing.

5.  Dedicate a Song

During the wedding reception, dedicate a song to those who are no longer with you. As the DJ plays a favorite tune that reminds you of the individual, it can feel like they are dancing right beside you with a smile on their face.


When it comes to crafting a unique wedding ceremony, choose a venue that makes customization easy. That’s why Franklin County couples turn to the Makoy Center. Voted Best of Weddings on The Knot® for six years in a row, this Hilliard, OH venue offers indoor and outdoor spaces that allow you to design a memorable occasion for up to 400 guests. To learn more about their affordable pricing and flexible ceremony and reception capabilities, visit this event space online. To schedule a tour or book an event, call (614) 777-1211.

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