Wedding experts share practical advice that will not only help you get through this challenging period, but also find some joy in the process.
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Honor a departed loved one by naming a station at your cocktail hour after them. Even celebs are in on the trend: Actress Shannen Doherty created a Scotch bar area at her wedding in remembrance of her Dad.
1. Allow yourself to grieve.
It's devastating when someone you care about deeply is taken away from you-no matter how joyful getting married can be, it doesn't negate this loss. Grieving reminds you of the important things in life that sometimes create a shift in your planning.
Bride-to-be Michelle Taylor thinks of her late mom at every step in her wedding planning. "Your mom is supposed to be there when you find The Dress, she's the one who calms you down when you freak out over your budget, and, most importantly, she nags you about what she feels is right for your wedding. It might sound weird, but I actually wish that my mother was here to nag me." Taylor and fiancé Wesley have been together since they were just 14 years old (they're 23 now), and she's grateful she got her
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