I’ve been thinking about ways to remember family members who won’t be there to celebrate our nuptials with us. We’ve both had a grandparent pass away in the last couple of months, and I’m afraid another of mine isn’t far behind.
Our families are very important to us, and we want to be able to have them with us regardless. But, we don’t want anything overly depressing.
Mr. Crab Cake liked the idea of having a memorial table. I’d love to put up our grandparents’ wedding photos, but Mr. Crab Cake didn’t like that plan because his grandparents are divorced. So then we thought we’d just display photos of them and try not to make it about their weddings. But the more I thought about it, the less happy I was about this plan. It seems so depressing to just have their photos out and about. I’m afraid certain people will just cry over them, and I don’t want anyone to be sad. I’ve also heard of people placing flowers on the seats where the loved ones would sit if they were there that day. I think this is a nice touch, but I’m just not crazy about it. I guess it just isn’t for me.
I did run across a post on OffBeatBride that mentioned using picture frame charms tied to the bride’s bouquet. I really liked this idea. It seemed elegant and a good way to have our loved ones with us, without depressing anyone.
That is a gorgeous picture.
From Etsy seller DesignsbyTami
Vintage Frame from PhotoMakingJewelry.com
But none of those really sparked my interest. They were kinda expensive, and with several (like 5) grandparents to memorialize, it added up fast.
There are these from ExclusivelyWeddings…
… which were even more expensive.
And these are from JeanM.
These from NobleJewelry…
… which were by far the most expensive of all.
I really didn’t want to spend $50 on memorial charms.
Then I remembered that I had a seller saved in my Etsy favorites who made custom scrabble tiles.
Scrabble Tile pendant from AnnieHowes
But what I was really looking for was the DIY kit, which came with 6 tiles.
And while I was looking for that, I found this.
The square glass pendant kit for $12.00.
$12.00!!! That’s more my style. Wait you say, $12.00 is still expensive. Nope, this kit comes with everything you need to make 6 tiles! Yay!! Perfect. And, the best part is, Mr. Crab Cake likes them too!
How are you honoring the loved ones that can’t be there on your day?