Making Charity Part of Your Wedding
Looking for ways to incorporate charity into your wedding? Here are some popular ideas:
- Hold your wedding reception at a venue where the usage fee will benefit the organization, such as a local park, historic home. or museum.
- Donate your leftover wedding food to a food rescue service. Second Harvest will direct you to a local food bank in your area.
- Donate leftover flowers or centerpieces to a local hospital, nursing home, or women's shelter. They will really brighten someone else's day. The Hospital Directory will help you find a local hospital, CareScout will direct you to local nursing homes based on distance from your zip code, and The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides state-by-state hotline numbers you can call to locate women's shelters near you.
- Instead of giving your guests favors, make donations in their honor. Place a small calligraphy-written card at each guest's place setting, saying, "In your honor, (names of couple) have made a donation to (name of charity)." This makes a wonderful wedding keepsake for your guests.
- You can also place cards like the ones mentioned above in your guest's hotel rooms, in lieu of a welcome basket (most guests never eat all those snacks anyway!) It would be especially appropriate to have the cards indicate that you have made a donation to a hunger organization in your guest's honor.
- Are your bridesmaids complaining that they'll never wear their dresses again? Let them know they can donate their gently-used dresses to The Glass Slipper Project, a Chicago-based charity which accepts donations of evening wear and accessories to distribute to disadvantaged high school girls who are unable to buy a prom dress for their own big night.
- If you're not planning on saving your gown for your daughter, then you might consider donating your wedding dress to Brides Against Breast Cancer, a charitable organization that sells used gowns and dresses and uses the money to fulfill the wishes of breast cancer patients around the country.
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