With all the looking and searching I've been doing for different aspects of my wedding, I have run into "memorial" type things pretty frequently. It has had been thinking for awhile now. On my side of the family, my only close relative to pass has been my Grandpa when I was younger. Mr. T still has all of his close relatives. While I do have great aunts and uncles, great grandparents, etc that have passed away, I never actually knew them. So to me, a full blown memorial table, or dedication in the program just doesn't seem fitting.
I'm also afraid it might add a sort of depressing tone to the day. I do like the idea though of having a charm attached to my bouquet, and since it would just be my Grandpa, it wouldn't start to look too cluttered.
The more I have thought about it, I really think it would be nice to honor all of our family members before us that have entered into marriage. Mr. T and I are extremely lucky to have family that has stuck together and not given up when times have gotten tough.
I think it would be nice to put together a collage of sorts honoring our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, great-grandparents, great aunts and uncles, cousins, etc that have married before us.
I can see something like this, with all of our relatives wedding day pictures sitting by the gift table, or possibly the entrance table containing the escort cards. I think it would be something that would draw a lot of attention and spark stories of times past. I already have wedding pictures of most of my relatives, all the way back to my great-great-grandparents, so I would just need to get Mr. T's and come up with a nice way to display them.
Are any of you doing anything to honor, or remember family members that have either passed, or are still living today??