Memorial plants are a botanical way to remember your loved ones #Ceremony Advice#ceremony#memorial#steal-this-idea January 4 2017 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photos by: Anna Michalska Photography Photos by Anna Michalska Photography Related Post These are the saddest wedding items on Etsy: 12 wedding memorial ideas to make you sniffly 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... Read more Crystal and Kalem wanted to make sure their departed loved ones were remembered in a sweet way at their ceremony. While some couples choose to honor loved ones with candles, portraits, lockets, or bouquet charms, we love this idea of memorial plants. Here's how Crystal described it: It was important to us to include a tribute to our loved ones that had passed and could not attend the wedding. Two cousins carried memorial plants down the aisle to a clip from "Forever and Ever, Amen" by Randy Travis (a favourite of grandmothers on both sides of the family). It was a bit nerve-wracking for our cousins, who not only were the first down the aisle, but had to carry fine china while they walked! If a certain flower or plant (or herb?!) meant something to you and someone you've lost, maybe a memorial plant is your way of remembering them. What memorials are you planning at your ceremony, if you're having any? Wear a loved one's handwriting with this wedding memorial ring If you've lost a loved on before your wedding, you might know a little about wanting to remember them in some way at your wedding. I spied this sweet little… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Lost ships: When election results strike fear in your wedding planning heart NEXT Raise a battle cry for this epic Nordic viking wedding Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] We actually did memorial plants at a memorial service for my grandmother instead of flowers. Some kindly but distant cousins offered to buy the flowers for the church and my mom asked for potted Chrysanthemums so that each child and grandchild could have one to plant afterwards. It was lovely and now we have a living reminder of someone lost. I love this idea for weddings too- a fun way to keep an ongoing memory. 2 agree Reply My sister was born 365 days & 8 hours before me, but died 287 days before I got to meet her (translation: we almost shared a birthday, & Big Sis made it to 11 weeks old). I have grown up with a photo album & a Freesia rose bush instead of a big sister. I had thought to perhaps find a similar rose to include in the floral arrangements, but never considered something like a cutting or similar rose bush to mark her place. Thank you for the idea. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.