Our original guest list was about 300 on the extremely obnoxious side. Our actual guest list is more like about 220-230 of those that we truly want to invite. However, our venue (and our budget) can really only accommodate about 202 (200 guests of 10 people at 20 tables plus the two of us and a dance floor).
But I digress...today is about Thankful Thursdays and I am truly thankful for the people who have become or been an important part of our lives at one point or another who will come support Mr Fix It and I as we share our vows and our love with those we are honored to have attend.
To do so, we created a special "In Memoriam" page on our wedding web site with dedications and photos. In addition, we have decided to have a memorial table set up at the reception. It will actually be next to the escort cards during the cocktail hour and then moved near the Photobooth for the remainder of the reception. This table will have the following items on it:
* Two vases: A taller one engraved with the names of my grandfather, grandmother and Aunt and a shorter one engraved with the name of Mr Fix It's mother. The shorter vase will have a floating candle in it and the taller vase will be filled with a bouquet of white tulips. The taller one says "Lives of Love Remembered" and the shorter one reads "In Loving Memory."
* A digital photo frame: Part of our package with our videographer includes a free digital photo frame they will load with photos we e-mail them. We have decided to set this frame on the memorial table and fill it with photos of our lost loved ones.
* A memorial poem. I found a poem online that we tweaked a little bit and printed up on some cardstock with a graphic design in our colors. We will frame the poem and place it on the memorial table. It reads as such:
We thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought of you yesterday
and the days before that, too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have are memories
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake,
with which we'll never part.
God has you in His keeping,
we have you in our hearts.
Makes me a little teary eyed just reading it. Mr Fix It was very happy when I told him of the idea of a memorial table with vases and photos. And my Aunt (my grandmother's daughter) was pretty teary eyed when she found out I was going to honor her sister and mother in this way. It is something that we hope all of our guests will stop by and say a prayer as they think of both ours and their own loved ones.
So ladies, what are your thoughts on a memorial of some sort? Do you have a special way you are honoring your loved ones who are no longer with us?