I have a different opinion about the "Those Who Have Gone Before Us" Ceremony.
Weddings are full of joyful emotions. Lots of happy tears. Your Officiant has created a ceremony that will touch you and your guest with loving happy feelings and emotions. He or she is building with each part of the Ceremony a heightened sense of happiness.
But, then the tone and feel change dramatically. If you have recently or even some time ago lost a loved one...it can be hard on the Bride and Groom and guest to mention or have a discussion about the loved one who has passed on.
All of a sudden the smiles on the faces of everyone turns to sorrow and tears. Choking tears sometimes. You'd wonder if you're doing a Eulogy at a funeral instead of a wedding.
The Officiant or Minister must then try and bring everyone back to that happy place and continue on with the ceremony.
There is an alternative...
Make a beautiful table, doesn't have to be big, with flowers and photos of your loved one who is gone. Leave blank cards and pens on the table for anyone who knew them and would like to write a note about something they remember about your loved one.
Maybe your Grandmother has passed. If you have her dress put it on display at the wedding and if you have a photo of her in the dress put that next to it as well. I've seen three generations of dresses on display at a wedding. it truly was amazing.
Your options are limitless and far less distressing options than a tearful and emotional remembrance during the ceremony.