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12 Heartfelt Ways To Include Lost Loved Ones In Your Wedding Day

03/31/2015 11:43am ET | Updated April 1, 2015

Nothing compares to physically having all of your loved ones by your side on your wedding day. But by honoring deceased relatives and friends in a way that feels true to your relationship, it allows those people to be there in spirit.

Below are 12 sentimental ways to include them in your celebration.

1. Set up a photo display with a special message at the reception
<a href="http://www.wearethebrauns.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">The Brauns</a> via <a href="http://ruffledblog.com/ruffled_galleries/tiffanee-jt-a-lovely-peach-and-navy-summer-wedding/braunphotography-tj-099/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Ruffled</a>
2. Wrap the bouquets in ties he once wore
<a href="http://www.zofiaphoto.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Zofia & Co.</a>
3. Sew a cherished photo of that person into your wedding gown
<a href="http://laurenbalingit.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Lauren Balingit</a> via <a href="http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/2102129/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Style Me Pretty</a>
...Or a handwritten note that you've held onto
<a href="http://www.janinedeanna.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Janine Deanna Photography</a>
4. Cut a piece out of a man's dress shirt and make it your 'something blue'
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fawn-Christiansen-Photography/1396476100614965" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Fawn Christiansen Photography</a> via <a href="http://bit.ly/MXaj5v" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Bridal Guide</a>
5. Hang tiny picture frame charms from your bridal bouquet
<a href="http://www.wearethebrauns.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">The Brauns</a>
...Or choose a single photo
<a href="http://vesic.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Vesic Photography</a>
6. Create a simple bracelet using a loved one's wedding band
<a href="http://bywayofney.blogspot.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">By Way Of Ney</a>
7. Carry a family heirloom, like this prayer book, with you down the aisle
<a href="http://hofferphotography.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Hoffer Photography</a>
8. Wipe your happy tears with a loved one's handkerchief
<a href="http://mandyfierens.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Mandy Fierens Photography</a>
9. Make a charitable donation in that person's name, in lieu of a wedding favor
<a href="http://www.zofiaphoto.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Zofia & Co.</a>
...It's more meaningful than any small favor you could give
<a href="http://www.zofiaphoto.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Zofia & Co.</a>
10. Wear a loved one's wedding ring in addition to your own
<a href="http://mandyfierens.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Mandy Fierens Photography</a>
11. Reserve a seat for someone who couldn't be there with a single flower
<a href="http://vesic.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Vesic Photography</a>
...Or save a place for them with one of their prized possessions
<a href="http://www.heavenlybloomsblog.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Heavenly Blooms</a>
12. Hold a framed photo of that person during the ceremony
<a href="http://delsolphotography.com/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Del Sol Photography</a>

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