Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Memorial Accessories

It is often said not to mix the joy of a wedding with that of a death. However, in some cases, honoring a loved one that has passed brings joy into the marrying couple’s life. Perhaps there is late grandparent or parent that is not able to be with you on your special day.  There are ways to include these special people on your wedding day.

Although a small stand set off from the ceremony’s altar is a common location for memorial accessories, The Wedding Outlet, an online retailer of wedding accessories, gifts and favors located in New England, encourages couples to “use a table adjacent to your reception's welcome table to display memorial accessories along with small details such as flower petals or a vase with flowers, perhaps even a favorite photo to make it more personal.” Your guests will be able visit this area and reflect on the loved ones that could not be there to celebrate. TheWeddingOutlet.com also adds “personalizing the accessory is also a special touch. Engrave with nicknames or a special message such as ‘forever in our hearts’ or a phrase that reminds you of your loved one(s).

Some suggestions they offer for memorial accessories include:

Memorial Bouquet Charm

Memorial Bouquet Charm, $10.95
A great way to keep a loved one close on your wedding day. This bouquet charm buckles allows one to easily slip a picture and attached to the bouquet with a buckle. Inexpensive, yet perfect to keep a loved one close to your heart as you walk down the aisle.

DIY: use ribbon to tie an image to your bouquet. It is recommended to you use small frame along with the picture so that it will withstand the wedding day.

Calla Lily Memorial Candle

Calla Lily Memorial Candle, $26.95
Lighting a candle at the ceremony is a more traditional way to honor a loved one. This particular one reads "in loving memory" and does not have any personalization which makes it great to honor many loved ones by lighting just one candle.

Memorial Frame and Candle Set

Memorial Frame and Candle Set, $49.95
Adding a photo is a perfect way for you and your guests to remember and honor a loved one. Place along side a candle or candle holder for a special added touch. Featured is a beautiful wide glass vase engraved with the words "Forever in our Hearts... Forever in our Lives" across the top and bottom. A name and date can then be engraved in the center of the vase and along the bottom of the frame for a more personal touch.

memorial vase

Memorial Vase, $32.95
A vase of flowers at the altar or alongside your wedding table is another way to honor a loved one. Fill the vase with a favorite flower of your loved one). The Custom Memorial Vase featured is engraved with "In Loving Memory of" and can have up to three full names (first and last name). An alternative is to have separate bud vases for each loved one you wish to honor. Engrave each with a name and place a single flower inside the bud vase.

Memorial accessories are a nice way to include those that could not be with you on your wedding day. Don’t worry about mixing joy with the loss of a loved one – include them in your wedding celebration if it is important to you.
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