My fiancé and I both lost our fathers when we were children. Our officiant has suggested saying something along the lines of "let us take a moment to remember those who cannot be with us today, and particularly Bride's and Groom's fathers" (it's nicer than that but mentions them specifically). She also suggested we have a special candle for them.
My fiancé and I would both like their absence to be mentioned during the ceremony, but we think it's too much to have the statement PLUS the candle. Would guests be uncomfortable with the statement since it mentions our fathers and isn't simply "those who cannot be with us today" (or however she put it)?
Also - the only other thing related to them that guests will see are a few pictures included in the picture display (i.e. there will be no empty chairs, etc…).