Tina
Rockstar March 2020

Memorial table question...

Tina, on September 16, 2019 at 6:55 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 18
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We are having a memorial table at our venue. It will have a memorial candle, a vase with simple flowers and then framed photos of my mom, his dad, and both our sets of grandparents. Two questions...

1. Do I somehow label the photos? And if so, how? And, and....if so, what do I write (i.e. "Bride's mom, Diane" or just "Bride's mom")?

2. We are having the ceremony and reception in the same location. Where would you place the memorial table? I was thinking in the ceremony space.

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  • Amanda
    Savvy October 2020
    Amanda ·
    Personally I wouldn't label the photos. If it's important to you maybe you can use place cards in front of the pictures. I think it would be cute because your reserving this space like that's their "seat". Like "Mom" "Grandpa Joe" etc..
    I am planning on putting my Memorial table at the reception that way guests have time to look at and enjoy the pictures and pay their respects if they want to. If you do it during the ceremony not as many people may notice it or have a chance to spend time looking at the pictures.
    Hope that helps!
  • A
    Super September 2019
    Anna ·
    We are doing something similar for my mom, my aunt/uncle, and all of our grandparents (minus is one living grandma of course LOL). We did put name cards, I think it’s important to list their names and relation. Here’s what we did, it’s kind of small but I put a card for each section. We will be having ours in the reception room so people can look as they please
  • A
    Super September 2019
    Anna ·
    Picture attached

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  • Katelyn
    Devoted October 2020
    Katelyn ·
    My fiancé and I are doing a memorial table for the people who recently passed. My sister did one for our two grandfathers who died before her wedding (many years before, but still). I’m doing my aunt, my fiancé’s grandparents who both passed before he proposed, and a cat that we recently lost way too soon. We are putting the memorial table in the reception area (also getting married at the same place we are having our reception). We just figured it would be better over in that area. We are placing a candle infront of each one though and lighting them before the ceremony so they can be with us in spirit. We aren’t religious or anything, we just wanted to honor them and do something. My fiancé also has a stone with his grandfathers ashes in it, I told him to put that with his grandfathers candle and picture, but he’s hesitant on that one.
  • Futuremrsv
    Super October 2020
    Futuremrsv ·
    We are doing something similar. We are doing a lantern with a candle. A small sign that says when those you love turn to memories, those memories turn to treasures. Then we will have photos of my dadz grandpa, great uncle and my fhs grandpa. I will have a small sign in a frame listing those people we are remembering today and the relation "father of the bride" "grandfather of the groom"
  • M
    Beginner August 2020
    Michael ·
    We ( My Partner, & I ) Have seen this a lot at many Events We attended. There’s 3 Ideas that We Loved the most.

    We know that at Our Wedding we will be honoring our Loved ones who aren’t here anymore.

    Out of all the ways We have seen at events, here’s 3 of the Best Options.

    1. Have the Picture Frame Monogrammed with their Name on it.

    The link below is a option for that.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/jSoSzMWHts3QissF8

    2. Have a Label on their Picture
    ( Just make sure that the Label is on the Picture, & not on the Outside of the glass. ) that way it doesn’t get removed while transportation to where it will be shown.

    3. Use that Person’s Favorite object to Display their Picture, & Dorothy or Name. ( Explanation after the * section. )

    ( * Some Churches/Buildings we have been to lately Will not allow Candles, or Big Picture Frames: meaning Glass Frames has n certain areas. )

    so instead of a Big Picture Frames, Our Friends ordered a T-Shirt, & had it on display.

    It was a Purple, Blue, & Green Tye-dyed T-Shirt.

    That was one of their Mother’s Favorite type of Clothing, & her Favorite Colors.

    they had sent a Picture of her to the Place so that they could add her picture to the T-Shirt.

    For one of the Dad’s they displayed a Photo Album.

    Because his favorite thing was Books. The Photo The Back round of the Pages in the Album had news paper to look like a Book.

    The Album was Titled: The Life of Richard ( Name of Dad ) The First Picture was of the Dad as a Baby.

    The Last 2 Photos were: 1. The Day Richard met the Woman who the Son was Going to Marry. ( 6 Months into the Relationship. 2. Was the Day the Son Proposed. ( Richard had not gotten ill yet. )

    He passed away four months after their engagement.

    It it was a little hard for the Son a few months before the Wedding. Most of the Son’s relatives that were around when Richard was the Son’s age said that “He looks just like him”. His Wife was very good about it.

  • L
    February 2020
    Lisa Johnson ·
    As a guest, if I didn’t know the people by sight, I would appreciate being able to read their names and relationship to the bride and groom. It makes it more meaningful to me if I didn’t know them and it personalizes it too. Then I feel I can say a little prayer in their honor with their names so that’s nice.
  • Krysta
    Devoted September 2019
    Krysta ·

    Friend of mine lost her mom 2 weeks ago & just got married on Saturday. This was her memorial table for her mom.

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  • Jennifer
    VIP September 2020
    Jennifer ·
    I would have a small sign that says “Mom, i
    know you’d be here if you could, Love, Your Daughter” and maybe a similar one that is phrased differently for each person and “Love, your granddaughter/son” ? In the program put a pix and their name on a memorial section, or on website.
  • Sara
    Super October 2019
    Sara ·

    We're going to do something similar for our grandparents, but using items they owned instead of photos. I think I'm just going to label the jars holding the items with their names, and try to kind of group them into my grandparents and his grandparents. I'm assuming people will realize that the one with my current last name holds things from my paternal grandparents, and the one next to it is from my maternal grandparents, and the same for FH. Otherwise, people can ask me and I'll be glad to tell them

  • Ivy ORP
    Rockstar October 2019
    Ivy ORP ·

    We won't be labeling the pictures of her mom and our friend who passed away. We will be placing the memorial table close to the entrance of our private home venue so guests will see it as they enter and can go back to look at it throughout the evening if they wish.

  • Ivy ORP
    Rockstar October 2019
    Ivy ORP ·
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    That is beautiful. I do love the Mother of The Bride coozie.

  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·

    1. We didn't label any of them.

    2. We had ours in the ceremony space.

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  • April
    Savvy August 2020
    April ·
    My fiancé’s father has passed. We’re leaving an empty seat at the ceremony for him, like the photo above. We’re going to lay his necklace or baseball hat or something special there too, something for my fiancé to look at during the ceremony and think of his dad. Then at the reception we’re having a table with a memory candle for all of our other family members, his grandparents, my cousin, etc.

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  • Paulette
    Devoted April 2020
    Paulette ·

    I, too am having a memorial space for my parents. Both of his parents are living so we are doing seats at the ceremony which is outside and then a table at the reception which will have a candle, their pictures, and a couple of poems that will be printed and framed. Their names will be in front of the picture along with Bride's mother and Bride's father. Whatever your choice, it will be fine. As long as you are comfortable with it, go for it! My only suggestion would be not to put the names on the pictures.

  • Angel
    Savvy March 2021
    Angel ·
    Labeling is important people definitely would love to see who are the important people who are there in spirit. Doing a name and relation should be enough. And placing it like near the entrance of the reception area or ceremony area. Or even by the guest book and card table it really depends on the space and what it looks like
  • Ashley
    Expert October 2020
    Ashley ·
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    We are doing this, but mine is going to say reserved for the father of the bride.

    Then there will be a remembrance table for him and my fh's grandfather with a candle, picture, sign , and my dad's song lyrics he printed and framed for me for graduation before he passed.

  • Kelly
    Super October 2019
    Kelly ·
    We are not labeling the pics per say but we do have a sign that have their names & relationships.

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