I considered myself to be an “ordinary bride,” that is until my mother died, and then I discovered that the definition of normalcy is what you deem appropriate, especially when it comes to wedding planning.
Crystal and Kalem wanted to make sure their departed loved ones were remembered in a sweet way at their ceremony. While some couples choose to honor loved ones with candles, portraits, lockets, or bouquet charms, we love this idea of memorial plants.
Those who have lost someone — and that is nearly all of us — can tell you that grief, rather than subsiding, simply assumes the traits of water molecules. Over an amount of time, never predictable, it changes shape from a solid pain to a fluid, familiar ache, an ache which leaves room for joy, for the ability to page through love-worn photo albums, for gratitude at ever having known and loved the person at all.
If you’ve lost a loved on before your wedding, you might know a little about wanting to remember them in some way at your wedding. I spied these sweet little memorial rings over on Etsy and loved the concept.
Would you want to dedicate your bouquet to a loved one’s memory instead of tossing it to your friends? You could just quietly leave your wedding bouquet in front of a loved one’s photo at your reception or save it to place on a grave or at a shrine.
Today I want to chop some onions at work and take a look at some of the saddest and most touching wedding memorial ideas I found on Etsy… including the custom silhouette candlestick shown above, which you could then light at your wedding. This entire post is maybe a little macabre, but grief is weird that way. Have your hankies at the ready.