Post # 1
Is anyone planning to incorporate a cause that is near and dear to your heart into your wedding celebration? Something like breast cancer awareness, eco-friendly lifestyles, etc., etc.?
I work with autistic children and this is a HUGE part of my life. I have considered somehow incorporating autism awareness/support into the reception but wasn’t sure how to pull it off in a tasteful way. I was thinking maybe the favors could be an autism ribbon with a note that a donation had been made in honor of the wedding. I don’t know if that’s getting into ‘preachy’ territory though – I don’t want people to feel like I’m lecturing them or being all holier than thou or something!
Anyone done this or have cute ideas about how to pull it off?
Post # 3
What are the colors of the autism ribbon? It’s like a jigsaw puzzle of colors right?
I would think you could do a ton of cute ideas that speak about your interest in your chosen cause. You could provide an austism pin on the programs… or adhere the pin on the seating cards or the favors. You can get one of the bracelets that are like Livestrong- but for Autism.
Another idea: http://www.blisstree.com/autismvox/puzzle-ribbon-all-twisted-up/
We incorporated our cause by linking it to our wedding registry. We went through the I do foundation. every gift purchased, the company will donate (while it is a fraction) a percentage of the cost to Doctors Without Borders. some of our wedding guests expressed they wanted to buy us a gift- while other wedding guests were pleased to make a charitable contribution directly to Doctors Without Borders themselves. We just provided the option either way. Personally, we wanted to have people make a contribution- or we were going to make a contribution in lieu of favors. But some of my mom’s friends didn’t seem to understand either concept… some were like ‘we want to get you a gift!’ and other’s were like ‘I have never heard of contributing to a cause in lieu of favors’. so we covered our bases.
Post # 4
i think its GREAT that you want to incorporate a cause thats near and dear to your heart into your wedding and i really think like youve already mentioned, the favor way is the best way to go. i really like the idea of the ribbon and the donation made in someone’s name, i think the guests would really appreciate it and commend you for donating in their honor. i have heard of it done and that it was a great hit. what would be nice to do would be to make a small speech/toast to explain the donations done in the guests honor.
Post # 5
We are discussing doing something similar as our favor. Our church works very close with Advent Conspiracy and Living Water, so I think we will donate money that would’ve been spent on favors that would most likely would get left behind or thrown out at some point. I think we will put a little note in the program or at each seat or by the guest book…or even have what would have been our "favor" table with information of what the charity does and why it’s an important cause to us.
Post # 6
Our "favors" are MOO business cards stating that we have made a donation to our favorite charities in honor of our guests. It lists the charities. On that side, there is a pink ribbon (for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of our picks) and on the other side we have an assortment of pictures of adoptable animals from the local animal shelters representing our other pick (Colorado Humane Society). These will be placed at their seats. I don’t think it’s preachy, and probably some guests will be releived not to have to take home a favor they don’t like.
Post # 7
I posted this a while ago on a different board….
"We aren’t doing favors. Instead, a local TV station has what’s called an "Honor Flight" program. It’s where you can adopt a WWII veteran and pay for a flight and a night in a hotel for them to go see the monuments dedicated to veterans in Washington DC that they have never had the chance to see. We are both HUGE history buffs (I’m actually a history major) and we feel that it’s more important that someone who put their life on the line for our country be able to see their monument than it is for our guests to take home a little box of M&Ms or something like that. We are going to make a little place, probably by the cake table, with a framed picture of the veteran and a blurb describing what war he was in, his rank, etc and explaining that we chose to do this in lieu of favors."
Post # 8
I don’t think it’s "preachy" at all. We’re planning on donating the money we would have spent on favors to the Jonsson Cancer Center at UCLA (our alma mater). It is a cause near and dear to our hearts. We’re planning on placing cards on the dining tables indicating that "in lieu of favors", we have chosen to make a donation in our guests’ names.
Post # 9
Oh good, I like these ideas! I think the favor route would definitely be the easiest and most logical way to go then. And yes, the ribbon for autism are the little puzzle ribbons, it stands for ‘piecing together the puzzle’ of treating autism.
And Miss Snowflake…what a coincidence, one of my good friends just volunteered for an Honor Flight. She said it was absolutely, without a doubt, one of the most amazing experiences of her life. Tears all around and everyone, veterans and volunteers, were touched by the event.