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Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones

During your special event you may want to honor some of your special loved ones who are no longer here to share in the joy and love of your wedding day.

Let’s discuss a few unique ways to honor your loved ones

Another common way is to leave a photo, flower or reserved sign at the ceremony to save a spot for them.

mark their seat with an item that was important to them, deceased loved ones at wedding | InkedWeddings.com

Rather than a flower or photo, use something meaningful to them such as a special baseball cap, a musical instrument that they played, or even a ball of yarn and crocheting needles – anything that will make you remember them.

balloon release in memory of deceased loved ones at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

A balloon release at the end of the ceremony is a special touch, release one for each loved one lost.

butterfly release to honor deceased loved ones at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

If balloons aren’t your thing, you could also have a butterfly release to honor them. Reserve a moment of silence as they flutter away.

honoring loved ones at your wedding: wind chimes during the ceremony | InkedWeddings.com

If you loved one was a member of the military or law enforcement (we salute them for their service), you can display their flag at your reception table.

honoring a loved one at your wedding: sharing a family recipe | InkedWeddings.com

Did grandma have a secret recipe? Why not share it with those at your wedding by whipping up a batch of her famous treats.

forget me not wedding favors | honoring a lost loved one | InkedWeddings.com

Give guests Forget Me Not seeds to plant in honor of your loved one. Great idea for favors for your wedding.

wedding programs with memorial tag | InkedWeddings.com

A simple way to remind your guests without making a fuss: memorial tags to tie onto your wedding programs

Photo charms are a charming way to have loved ones walk you down the aisle.  And if you like that idea, your groom can also incorporate photo charms in his wedding ensemble.

photo wall entrance to wedding ceremony | InkedWeddings.com

Up-cycle old wooden palettes to make a unique entrance to your outdoor wedding ceremony and line them with old photos.

wedding leis - honoring deceased loved ones at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

For a beach wedding, use leis to honor loved ones – give one to each guest as they enter the wedding ceremony.

a dance to honor a loved one at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

If you’ve lost a parent or grandparent, dance with their spouse to a special song during your reception.

wear a loved one's jewelry to remember them on your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

Honor those you miss by wearing a piece of their jewelry for your wedding.

lantern floating ceremony | InkedWeddings.com

Have a Japanese lantern lighting ceremony if your venue is by a body of water.

Or if you’re landlocked, you could honor them with a Chinese lantern lighting ceremony

wedding toast to honor lost loved ones wedding | InkedWeddings.com

You can raise your glasses in a toast before the reception really starts, or have a toasting station. (Just keep the speech short and sweet).

cigar bar for honoring a deceased relative | InkedWeddings.com

Or share a favorite pastime with your guests such as having a cigar bar (or wine bar)

sew fabric into your dress to honor a deceased relative | InkedWeddings.com

You could sew a piece of fabric from your loved one into your wedding dress.

mendhi to honor deceased grandfather | InkedWeddings.com

This bride had Mehndi (Henna) put on her hands to honor her deceased Indian grandfather

garter made of lace from grandmothers dress | InkedWeddings.com

This bride had a garter made out of lacefrom her grandmother’s wedding dress

honoring deceased loved ones DIY wedding | InkedWeddings.com

Or with a bit of Modpodge, old photos and crystals you could make these DIY crystal family photo ornaments to hang from bouquets or centerpieces. Find the tutorial here

bride and groom at altar | InkedWeddings.com

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Finally, have a moment of silence to remember them before your ceremony begins. You don’t need to have a church wedding to observe a moment of reflection.

Finally, When you settle on a way to celebrate your loved ones, check with those closest to them to be sure they will be ok with what you chose. This can be a sensitive subject and you wouldn’t want to catch anyone off-guard during your big day.

If you are planning on honoring a deceased love one, tell me how you will be honoring them – I’d love to hear from you!

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When Do We Spring Clean?

Today I worked HARD for the money….so hard for the money! I scheduled meetings, started building budgets for 2 events, called and connected with 20 different hotels for referral business, ran errands to get dinner and breakfast pairings for my scholar/athlete – all before 3pm. I sent silly texts with my boo…picked my mini up from school, got her started on her room and their bathroom, at which time she decided to clean under the bathroom sinks…sitting in my office

I couldn’t help but smile…and then look around and realize that I too could clean under… under my desk, under that stack of folders….under the makings of a wedding reception I’m planning for September that has begun to take over my office.

I decided I will map out how I want to decorate my office – starting with clearing the clutter. For the next 3 hours I threw away papers, organized files, rearranged my desk. Made my workspace functional and even set up a floral appointment For delivery tomorrow.

Everything isn’t finalized in terms of set up and there are still a few key accent pieces I want to get and mirrors to hang but it’s definitely not where it was. It’s springtime, time for everything to be fresh and brand new. I advise you to start with where you spend your time…my home is already in transformation…so the next place was my office! And for me my office has to be a haven of peace and tranquility. It’s clean and thanks to my new scentsy diffuser, it smells SO good. Now I look forward to opening my blinds and letting the Lord’s light shine in

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When I decided to run my business full time, I went to God in prayer for guidance and the discernment necessary to do the work, and honor my committment to run a Godly empire.  It has not been easy, but nothing worth having ever is.  Last week I received a message from one of my clients about an amazing opportunity to be a consuktant with them for their annual event that I helped them to plan 3 years ago. I have been feverent and intentional in my prayer, and staying steadfast to God’s plan for my business and he is BLESSING ME.

I am continuing to expound my knowledge and understanding of the Bible and what it has for my life and that of my family. I am not just going to God with my hands out for his blessing, but also with my heart open for his message and the meaning in my life.

My message to all of you, family, friends, customers, vendors, partners – PEOPLE.  Listen to GOD, ask for what you want, but be willing to hear the message that he has for you, it WILL pay off with hard work, and heart work!

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Wedding Day Emergency Kit

No matter how well we prepare ourselves for weddings, life’s inevitable can always happen. Does your planner have an emergency kit? You bet we do! It’s inconspicuous and loaded with items that may just solve that last minute issue.

WEDDING PLANNER AND DAY OF COORDINATOR EMERGENCY KIT HERE’S A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT YOU CAN USUALLY FIND INSIDE: 

  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Q-tips
  • Makeup remover
  • Umbrellas
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick
  • Blotting papers
  • Clear nail polish / Remover
  • Manicure Kits
  • Water bottles
  • Tissues
  • Pain reliever
  • Band-Aids
  • Neosporin
  • Sunscreen
  • Spray Deodorant
  • Cough drops
  • Baby powder
  • Feminine care items
  • Eye drops
  • Straws
  • Snacks
  • Moleskin
  • Super Glue
  • Breath mints + mouthwash
  • Pens
  • Tape (duct tape and dress tape!)
  •  Stain Remover
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Lint roller
  • Eye drops
  • Portable phone chargers
  • Lotion
  • Bobby pins + hairspray

This list is always growing and the emergency kit gets heavier by the wedding! I’ve also been known to pack some emergency champagne which usually lightens our load halfway into the day 🙂 Staying prepared is a secret weapon all its own!

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Author Alert!

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