While we all want weddings to be all about joy and love, many of us know that wedding days can be colored by a tinge of sadness and grief for family, friends, and loved ones who have passed away and are unable to be with you on a day of celebration.
We've talked a lot about wedding memorial ideas over the years (including whether you're a jerk for not doing memorials at all — spoiler alert: no), but today I want to chop some onions at work and take a look at some of the saddest and most touching wedding memorial ideas I found on Etsy… including the custom silhouette candlestick shown above, which you could then light at your wedding. This entire post is maybe a little macabre, but grief is weird that way. Have your hankies at the ready.
Photo charm wedding memorials
Let's start the water-works gently here. Photo charms might be the most straightforward way to honor a loved one, and they can be worn all sorts of ways — on bouquets, as pendants, or shoe charms.
While photos are a great way to honor a loved one, if you have an old letter or card, you can print their handwriting on something to carry with you on your wedding day. Stuff like..
Other sniffle-worthy wedding memorial ideas
…Great, and now I'm drowning in sad-snot. Joy and grief can make such a bittersweet sandwich. While I upholster my face in kleenex, will y'all tell me what you're thinking of doing for YOUR wedding day memorials?