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By Louise Baltruschat Hollis

Photos by Georgia Rachael

It can be painful part to think about your wedding missing someone you loved so much. However, I know you are looking for a touching and special way to honour your lost loved one.

By creating a wedding memory table, not only will you commemorate their life but it will allow you to have them a part of your day.

Wedding Memory Table Ideas Shutter Go Click Photo: Shutter Go Click via Tipi Camp Wedding


Sentimental Wedding Memory Table Ideas

It can be tricky to find ideas for a wedding memorial, but I am here to share some real-life examples from lovely couples featured in our real weddings.

Here you will find sentimental and beautiful ways to ensure your loved ones’ memory lives on in your day. And in your wedding photos forever. Plus I will also share some places to find gorgeous memory signs, candles and other touches to make it as easy as possible for you.

Finally, I am going to share some memory table alternatives, just in case you feel a table isn’t the right fit for your day.

Wooden Pallet

A memory table shouldn’t break the bank. Collect special photos from your home, pick up a free wooden pallet and write a special message.

Memory Table Wedding Maureen-Du-Preez Photo: Maureen du Preez via South Ayrshire Wedding


Take A Shot

Creating an experience is a lovely way to remember a lost loved one. It’s comforting to know guests will pause for a moment in their own time to make a toast.

Memory Table Wedding Shot Drink Emma and Rich Photo: Emma and Rich via Cowshed Woodhall Farm Wedding


Pet Memorial

Our beloved fur babies are a massive part of our lives. So don’t be afraid to include your lost pets in your wedding day if you so wish to include them.

In fact, this blog post was inspired by the loss of my pet cat Eva after looking for a suitable way to commemorate her in our home.

Memory Table Idea Wedding Dani Nicole Photography Photo: Dani Nicole Photography via Cedar Creek Ranch Wedding


Memory Tree

For a really special idea, how about a memory tree? Use real or artificial branches then hang tags or labels from them.

Wedding Memory Wishing Tree Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography Wedding Memory Wishing Tree Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography Photo: Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography via Pretty Pink Floral Country Garden Wedding


Pegs & Twine

Buy or create a frame, then string special photographs with twine and mini pegs.

Wedding Memory Table Chalkboard Nikki’s Moments Photo: Nikki’s Moments via Fresh Modern Countryside Outdoor Wedding


Fairy Lights

Create an illuminated memory table with fairy lights and even shaped lights. Add a sign and flowers so guests can pay their respects.

Wedding Memorial Table Star Emma Hillier Photography Photo: Emma Hillier Photography via Autumn Garden Book Wedding


Love Quote

Try finding a suitable quote that resonates with you. Words can really mean so much and if you find the right ones, they can really make a special moment.

Wedding Memory Table Ideas Miss Gen Photography Photo: Miss Gen Photography via Fun London Wedding


Candlelight Tray

For a subtle, understated memorial. Create a candlelit tray to add to a mantlepiece or windowsill, then add your photographs.

Wedding Memory Table Ideas Candles Photos Matt Austin Images Photo:  Matt Austin Images via Opulent Eccentric Berry Gold Wedding


Literary Sign

Take inspiration for special words for a memorial sign, from books or films.

Memory Wedding Table Sign Photography34 Photo: Photography34 via Train Station Harry Potter Wedding


Simple Gallery

For a simple memory table, simply displaying photos could work for you and your day.

Wedding Memory Table Ideas Georgia-Rachael Photo: Georgia Rachael via Spring Meadow Wedding


Themed Sign

Don’t forget that you can incorporate your wedding theme into your memory area. Using coordinating stationery can work beautifully.

Wedding Memorial Table Idea Bai & Elle Photo: Bai & Elle via Tipis Riley Green Wedding


Log Slice & Flowers

This rustic log slice not only would look stunning on your day but would make a special keepsake post-wedding too.

Wedding Memory Table Idea Sign Beauty Beard Photography Photo: Beauty & Beard Photography via Farm Wedding Washington


Wooden Drawers

Display special photos and words in a piece of furniture such as these drawers.

Wedding Memory Table Flowers Kirsty Mackenzie

Photo: Kirsty Mackenzie via Colourful Outdoor Tipi Farm Wedding


Personal Labels

For guests that didn’t know your loved one, you could think about adding a simple label to any photos you share.

Wedding Memory Ideas Table Kerry Ann Duffy Photography Photo: Kerry Ann Duffy Photography via Classic Romantic Pretty Wedding


Candle Quote

Taking a glass lantern and adding words is such a gorgeous way to commemorate your loved one.

Wedding Memorial Table Idea Victoria Mitchell Photo: Victoria Mitchell via Lusty Glaze Beach Cornwall Wedding


Memory Poem

Incorporating a poem is a lovely way to make a dedication to a loved one. You could even write your own original poem.

Wedding Memorial Table Sign Darima Frampton Photography Photo: Darima Frampton Photography via Edmondsham House Wedding


Candle Flower Arrangement

How about using a special flower arrangement to nestle a candle within ready to light when you are ready?

Wedding Memory Candle Flowers Idea Honey And The Moon Photography Photo: Honey And The Moon Photography via Northern Ireland Restaurant Wedding


Pretty Wooden Ladder

Paint a wooden ladder and add coordinating signs and flowers to remember your loved ones.

Wedding Memory Wooden Ladder Gemma Giorgio Photo: Gemma Giorgio via Cream Blush Wedding


Candle & Sign

Lit candles and a meaningful sign will make for a really lovely way to honour your cherished loved one.

Wedding Memorial Candles Rebecca Douglas Photography Photo: Rebecca Douglas via DIY Peach Mint Wedding


Gilded Frames & Flowers

Choosing beautiful frames will really make your wedding remembrance table look stunning.

Wedding Memory Idea Ladder Scuffins Photography Photo: Scuffins Photography via Whimsical Floral Blush Grey Wedding


Special Pieces For Your Wedding Memorial

Allow me to share some beautiful decor items you could consider including on your wedding day.

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Table & Chairs

This wonderful memory art piece will really create a meaningful display.

Wedding Memory Table Chairs By


Wooden Heart Sign

Buy a special wooden sign to add to your remembrance table.

Wedding Memory Heart Wooden Sign By MantaMakesLtd


Acrylic Sign

For a contemporary look, this acrylic sign looks really special.

Acrylic Wedding Memory Sign By PinkPosiesandPearls


Quote Sign

Find a special quote sign and display it on your wedding table.

Wedding Memory Quote Sign By WeddyTags


Rainbow Glass Ornament

I’ve bought this rainbow glass ornament to remember our cat, we are adding her name to it. Wouldn’t it look lovely on a wedding table too?

Wedding Rainbow Bridge Ornament By GlassbyDebbie


Personalised Candle

Whether you light this personalised candle during your ceremony or reception, it’s sure to be a special moment.

Wedding Memory Candle By SimplyUniqueUk


Wooden Candle Holder

Honour your loved one with a gorgeous wooden candle holder.

Wedding Memory Candle Holder By PurelyPlaques


Alternatives To Memory Tables

There are many other ways to remember a lost loved one in your day besides a table set up. They could be intangible elements or touches that are invisible to your guests such as:

❤️ What Is A Memory Table At A Wedding?

A wedding memory table is a special place to create a memorial for loved ones that can’t be there to share your special day.

💕 Who Do You Include On A Memory Table At A Wedding?

It really is a personal choice who you include on your wedding memory table. If in doubt, perhaps have a chat with your partner and your closest loved ones. That way you can work out who is most appropriate to include if you are unsure. You could include a family member, friend or pet.


Hopefully, you know know how you wish to mark the absence of your loved one, have inspiration for your memorial table and have some places to source your special touches.

From the bottom of my heart, however you choose to honour your lost loved one. I really hope they stay close to your heart throughout your wedding planning and wedding day.

Sending much love and virtual hugs if you need them.


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