Hi everyone. I will be getting married in October 2021. My older brother passed away in February of this year at only 30 years old due to a rare cancer. What are some ways that I can honor him at either the ceremony or reception? I’ve been looking into it a bit, but have been getting too sad and need to stop. I never thought he wouldn’t be at my wedding! Thanks for the advice.
I am sorry for your loss and I know how it feels to not have someone at such an important day when you always imagined it that way. Both my parents are deceased so a way of honoring them is I will have a double photo charm on my bouquet with their pictures so they are with me as I walk down the aisle. I have also seen a table honoring deceased family members with picture frames.
I'm really, really sorry about your brother. I've seen a lot of memorial ideas online, but first and foremost I advise you to keep your feelings in mind. Your wedding day will be very emotional and everything will be amplified. I made an extremely vague reference to my dad's death in my wedding vows and I had to pause for what felt like forever before I could continue. No need to plan anything until you are ready-- and once you are, don't push yourself too hard or include anything that you think will make you lose it. It will be a day of many emotions and you need to take care of yourself.
P.S. I had a necklace made with my dad's thumbprint and wore it to my elopement ceremony. That was enough for me.