Post # 1
Is anyone else doing this? My FI and I are planning on giving to the Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo), which is where we met. It means a lot to us, and that is why we want to do this. What does everyone think? Also, if anyone else is doing donations in lieu of favors, what are you doing?
Post # 3
I would skip favors completely and make a private donation. Your reception is the thank you to guests. And what if not everyone likes the particular organization? There are many people who don’t agree with zoos.
Post # 4
We’re thinking about doing this, but I think we’ll be giving to the Wounded Warrior Project or the USO. Both are very dear to our hearts and no one that will be invited to the wedding would disagree with the mission of either group (I doubt anybody does). We’re just trying to figure out how much to give.
Post # 5
we did this. We donated to the american heart society since my dad died of a heart attack just a couple of years before the wedding. It served as a favor but also served as a memorial to my dad. I had pictures of the two of us with the associations poem explaining to people that we donated in lieu of favors surrounding it
Post # 6
We aren’t telling our guests. Just putting the money we would spend on favors toward the WCS. Also, WCS is not just zoos. It is wildlife conservation as a whole.
Post # 7
I think it’s a great idea. We’re doing this, and we’re donating to a local charity that assists homeless women and children in our community.
Post # 8
@brendaray2009: Hi there! We chose to make a donation to the Susan G. Komen organization, since my MOH had just fought breast cancer and we have many other relatives that have fought it as well. We decided to have a frame at the entrance to the reception that stated our wish.
P.S. This has been a “controversial” topic in the past here on WB. So, be prepared for some people opposing what you’d like to do. IMO, do what you want!
Post # 9
I would not make a charitable donation (no matter how wonderful or worthy the organization may be in your eyes or many others’ eyes) in another person’s name or on their behalf, because he or she may not agree with something about that particular charity.
I agree with @MidwestBride2012: that if you do this, you should simply donate the funds privately and not make any mention of it to your guests.