A wedding is one of life's most exciting celebrations! There's nothing more wonderfully heart-warming than watching two people exchange their vows and say 'I do' in front of loved ones.
However, as happy as a wedding is, it can also serve as a reminder of the people who aren't there but should be. This can be difficult, especially if it's someone close to the bride or groom.
While, of course, the physical presence of a loved one will be missed – and nothing can make up for having them there at a special celebration – we've explored some beautiful ways to remember them and pay tribute to their memory on special days like weddings.
1. Cremation Ashes Jewellery
Jewellery made from ashes is becoming more popular than ever. At Hand on Heart, we offer two different options – cremation ashes jewellery and self-fill ashes jewellery.
Our Cremation Ashes Jewellery range means you can create a piece of jewellery to wear at a wedding, and a beautiful choice for brides is to combine this with their 'something blue.'
This cremation ashes range includes a stunning selection of necklaces, with a gorgeous variety of styles that can be created with a blue colour option. The necklace pendant styles include teardrop, peardrop, large heart, round locket, silver bar and oval.
There's also the Love necklace and bracelet (the 'O' in Love is layered with ashes), the Tree of Life necklace (the centre of the tree is layered with ashes) and the Linked Circle necklace (one of the sterling silver circles is layered with ashes) and Infinity necklace (the ashes are layered within the infinity-shaped necklace).
Some of these pieces can feature an engraved name or message of your choice, too – making it a personal and unique tribute to a loved one on your big day. To create this unique jewellery made from ashes, the cremation ash is very delicately set into resin, which has a glass-like appearance while being very hard-wearing, making it the perfect material for ashes jewellery. It is layered to create a floating and sparkling appearance within the jewellery.
Our other range for jewellery made from ashes is the Self-Fill Ashes Collection. These pieces are designed to hold a small token of cremation ashes – the ideal way to keep a loved one close in a beautiful piece of memorial jewellery.
All our urn necklaces are made from sterling silver and come with the equipment and instructions needed to transfer a small amount of ashes into the necklace. You can also choose to have your ashes necklace personalised with a message or date, or we can even use a copy of your loved one's handwriting taken from a note or greetings card.
2. Memorial Fingerprint Jewellery
An alternative option is the popular Memorial Fingerprint Jewellery.
Using the true prints from a loved one, we will create a piece of jewellery so that you can keep them close to your heart forever – including on your wedding day.
Our specialist designers are extremely experienced and skilled in extracting the very best detail to feature on your piece (If using memorial prints, we strongly recommend ordering from this range rather than our other Fingerprint Jewellery to obtain the best result.)
A beautiful idea for weddings, this range includes memorial fingerprint cufflinks. They make a lovely gift too, as we'll present them in a keepsake box, engraved with a personalised message of your choice. You can supply us with prints that you may already have or request a free magic printing kit when you order, if required.
This cufflink set is from our premium imprint range, which means that the prints are imprinted into the silver rather than engraved onto the surface. This design also comes with a lifetime no-fade guarantee, ensuring that your piece will last a lifetime if looked after correctly.
Our Memorial Fingerprint Jewellery range also features fingerprint bracelets (both leather and sterling silver), necklaces (including a tag necklace), keyrings and charm beads.
3. Memorial Handwriting Jewellery
A truly beautiful way to remember a loved one on a special day like a wedding, is with a piece of jewellery that features their handwriting. Our Memorial Handwriting Jewellery range is a reminder that sometimes the smallest moments become the most precious to us as we take comfort in the things that once made us smile and remind us of how lucky we are to have such special people in our life.
Whether it's a signature from an old greetings card or a note left on the fridge, we can turn that special note into a piece of memorial handwriting jewellery that you can keep close to you forever – and on wonderful days of celebration, like weddings. You don't need to part with the writing as we can work from a photograph taken on your phone to create your unique design, and we can even use snippets taken from a few notes or move the layout around.
There is a selection of styles to choose from in our memorial handwriting collection, either to wear yourself or as a beautiful wedding gift to wear on the day and keep the memory of a loved one close. Our stunning collection has been designed with care and sensitivity. You can choose from heart charms, ashes lockets or sterling silver lockets, heart and oval rings, necklaces (including dog tag necklaces), silver bead, coloured bead and leather bracelets, keyrings and wallet cards.
We understand how difficult it can be on a day of celebration when loved ones should be there but aren't. Nothing can ever make up for the physical presence of a loved one, but we hope these ideas offer inspiration for beautiful ways to keep them and their memory close on a special day like a wedding.