So my parents passed away when I was 11. I always planned of honoring them by leaving 2 empty chairs during the ceremony and a memory table for all of our deceased loved ones at our reception.
Now that we're having our mini wedding before the bigger one, I still want to do something special during our ceremony. We can't do the empty chairs because it's very low key and people will probably be standing or sitting on a bench at the public park.I want the officiant to add something in the sermon about my parents, just not exactly sure what should be said. Our officiant didn't know my parents, but he's my manager and I'm very close with him.
I am sorry for your loss. It can be hard planning a beautiful without some important people there. I personally did a double charm for my bouquet. If you check my profile you can see how they turned out.
My husband had lost both of his parents at the age of 4 and 11 and it was very important to him that they were a part of our day. We also had empty chairs and took a moment during our ceremony to mention them and then put flowers on those chairs. I think having your officiant say a little something and then maybe light a candle or something for them would be beautiful. You can also have a bouquets charm with their pictures that you carry. I’m sure this is very difficult to do without them but know they will be watching over you on your special day. 🤗