Nostalgia plays, at the very least, a small part in every wedding. After all, it’s a day filled with great significance not only to you, but to your loved ones who’ve known you for years, many of whom have watched you grow up as well. You and your closest friends and family are sure to be thinking of all the memories you’ve made, the challenges you’ve faced, the joys you’ve celebrated and the love you’ve shared. On your wedding day, be sure to recognize and embrace your connections to the past while celebrating this monumental change in your present and future!
It’s not hard at all to find one or two ways to acknowledge and honor family, close friends and other significant loved ones on your special day. Here are some of our favorite ideas to thank or pay tribute to those relatives who mean the most to you:
- Present a gift or a personally written note to your parents. Handkerchiefs with sentimental messages embroidered make wonderful gifts to give to those who raised you.
- Put your relatives’ wedding dresses on display at your wedding. Use dress forms to exhibit the wedding dresses of your mother, grandmother, aunt, etc. at your reception.
- Recreate and photograph a favorite scene in a photo from your parents’ wedding.
- Make a brooch bouquet using some of your mother’s and grandmother’s brooches.
- Add photo charms of your ancestors or lost loved ones to your bridal bouquet handle or on the groom’s boutonniere.
For ways to remember your friends and all your wedding guests, consider these ideas:
- Pay tribute to the longest married couple at your wedding with an announcement and special dance. If you already know who they are, find out ahead of time what their first wedding dance was and arrange for that song to be played.
- Have a photo taken of your bridesmaids and/or groomsmen holding chalkboard signs stating the first place they met the bride or groom.
- Have a photo area set up for guests to individually (or as a couple) hold up chalkboard signs with wedding wishes for the bride and groom.
- Ask your guests to add a wedding message and signature to small wooden hearts and drop them into a shadowbox frame for the wedding couple.
- Place a bottle of wine at each dinner table for use as table markers and ask guests to sign each label with a message. Drink each bottle of wine with your spouse on each corresponding anniversary year.
Also, don’t forget to add sentimental touches that celebrate you and your fiancé!
- Write love letters to each other and open and read them separately on the morning of your wedding.
- Have your wedding shoes hand-painted with a message or scene of special significance to you both.
- Create a display board or book with your love story outlined with dates and special moments to be placed at the ceremony entrance or reception.
- Create a photo timeline of your childhood, or instead, of one showing your years together and line the center aisle with it or display it at reception.
- Name your tables after places that hold special meaning to you with a short message explaining their significance.
- Take a photo of your hand prints side-by-side in the sand with your wedding rings pressed into the third finger, left hand location.
Most all of the couples we film include wonderful personal gestures on their wedding day that honor their loved ones or say something special and personal about their friends, family and their relationship. So many of our brides add charms to their bouquet handles that display photos of their lost loved ones or the bride and/or groom display framed photos at their reception.
And many give gifts to their parents during the time they’re getting ready for the day. Diandra presented a touching note to her parents expressing her love and thanking them for everything they’ve done for her. And on Tiffany and Jeffrey’s wedding day, Tiffany presented a beautiful embroidered handkerchief to her father that contained a very sweet, personalized message of gratitude.
June 12th, 2019
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas