"Don't let your past dictate who you are, but let it be a part of who you will become." - Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
There has been a ton of media coverage on the recent passing of celebrated icons such as Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. These celebrities were cherished by their families and millions of people all over the world...On a smaller global scale, each one of us has personal "icons" or "heroes" in our own families that have touched our lives, and who deserve to be remembered.
What does this have to do with weddings? There is no better time to remember your loved ones then at your wedding. Wedding celebrations are held to represent a new beginning for the bride and groom, a "birth" of their new life together. But to truly celebrate your future, it is important to remember your past, and those that influenced you along the way.
Some people may say "but weddings are a time for people to be happy, nobody wants to ruin the mood with a depressing tribute to those that have passed away." But think about it: in today's hectic society, there are only a few events in your entire life that will bring your family and friends together in one place: your wedding, the birth of a child, maybe a special birthday or two along the way, and your funeral. Why not take this special opportunity to pay tribute to the people who have meant the most to you?
When you begin thinking of the person who is gone, the sadness often turns to tears of joy: remembering the good times, a funny story, or hearing others share their memories of the person. At many weddings, the bride and groom will have a memorial candle lit in honor of their loved ones, or perhaps have the church say a blessing on their behalf. Putting framed photos on the guest table at the Reception is another way to honor them. Some even put short videos together, and play the video off to the side of the Reception, where guests can come and watch at their convenience. Dedicating a song is another way to honor the memory.
You will find that if you choose to pay tribute to those that are gone, those moments spent remembering will be some of the fondest of your wedding day. You already know that they are with you in spirit, but remembering them on one of the most important days of your life is a very real way to say "thank you" to those that have influenced your life leading into your marriage.
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Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 FIVE consecutive years and is currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached