Wedding Tips

Paying Tribute to Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

December 4, 2019

Your wedding day provides a special opportunity to show your family how much you value their love and support. I love capturing the ways in which my brides take the time to pay special tribute to their honored family members on their wedding days. While the focus of your Big Day is on you and your spouse, including sweet nods to the special relationships in your life is a meaningful way to thank the people who have supported you throughout your life. If you’re looking for the perfect way to pay tribute to a family member on your wedding day, scroll through for some inspiration!


Use Your Bouquet

Your bridal bouquet is the perfect accessory for paying tribute to your loved ones. You can use flowers or colors that are reminiscent of a special family member, attach miniature portraits, or use personal handkerchiefs or ribbons to tie your bouquet. An MLP Bride, Anna, added her mom’s wedding day handkerchief and her grandmother’s handkerchief to her own bridal bouquet.

Something Blue

If you plan on including this bridal tradition, it’s a great way to incorporate your connection to a parent or grandparent. One of my brides included buttons from her sister, mother, and grandmother’s wedding dresses onto her own gown!

Give a Gift

Many brides use their Big Day as an opportunity to give their parents a gift to commemorate the special occasion.

Wear an Heirloom

Bridal jewelry should be meaningful, and one of the best ways to honor family connections is by wearing jewelry that’s been passed down or previously worn by a family member. An MLP Bride, Grace, wore her grandmother’s pearl ring and handmade earrings from her mom!

Display Photos

Remember those who couldn’t be with you with framed photos displayed at your reception. Guests will appreciate the sentimental connection to your family.

However you honor your family, make sure your loved ones know how much you appreciate their love and support. You wouldn’t be where you are today without them!

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