(Closed) Charity Donation Box?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Helper bee

I don’t think it will cause guests to give less money to you, because I think by the time they see the charity box, they will have already put their money to you in the card. I can’t imagine anyone opening their card and taking some of the money out to put in the charity box.  That being said, I think asking the guests to give to charity on top of what they are already spending is too much.  You could make a donation to a charity instead of buying favors.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I agree with winterbride1593- I don’t think a charity box will take away from gifts people give you (they already have their cards sealed before the wedding), however it doesn’t seem appropriate at a wedding- I second the idea of a contribution from you and FI in lieu of favors.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it would be inappropriate to have a donation box for a charity at a wedding. Your guests should not be subject to pressure from you or other guests ( no matter how subtle) to donate to a charity at all, much less one that may not be the charity of their choice.

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you can, why not ask all guests to donate money to the charity instead of giving their cash gifts to you? That way you’re guests won’t feel pressured.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

At our wedding, our “make the couple kiss” thing (instead of clinking glasses and such) was to put money in a basket for the organization I volunteer for. We had a bunch of different amounts. Kids loved coming up and putting change in the basket and some people put in 10s and 20s to kiss us themselves! It was fun and we didn’t see a problem with it mainly because people in my area (mostly family weddings) have some sort of collection box on their guestbook table for a charity. One I can think of was for a bride’s cousin suffering from a disease so they chose to donate money to that respective foundation.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think I would rather have this be an option with the registry than a charity donation box. FI and I never carry cash or our checkbooks and by the time we arrive at a wedding, the card already has cash/check or the gift has been delivered. While we would like to donate to the charity (depending on the cause), we wouldn’t have the means to simply because we only have our CC on us. If this was located on the website where the registry is, we can use our CC online and donate directly.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, in this case, I guess you can just put out the box and see what happens. Even if you only get a dollar, that’s a dollar towards the charity that they didn’t have before! Again, my main concern would be that people may not have cash on them. When I go to weddings, I typically take a small clutch and all I have in there is my phone and my lipstick. We have never attended a wedding with a cash bar or money dance where we would need cash. Even when there’s valet parking involved, the B+G usually covered that too.

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

@FluffysMama:  I do not think your wedding is an appropriate choice to promote your charity.

It is too much to expect guests to take time from their day, go shoppping for a gift, get dressed, pay for drinks (or not), and then get hit up for a charity donation.

If you want to donate, then do so.  People who want to give to charity, do. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think you should ever expect a gift from anyone for anything. However, I think the donation box for a good cause is a great idea. The wedding favors I am giving out are soaps my fy FBIL anf FSIL’s organic soap company, moksa organics. Proceeds from each one of their amazing bars goes to different causes which are mostly wildlife related. My wedding has an eco-friendly tone to it.

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