Post # 1
We’re planning to make a donation in lieu of favors but are having trouble with the wording. We may be trying to acknowledge too many things… The organization we’re donating to is the Fresh Air Fund (it’s an organization that provids free summer experiences in the country to New York City children from disadvantaged communities). We choose this organization because my grandmother was a ‘Fresh Air Fund’ kid when she was young (she passed @ 10 years ago). And we also thought it would be fitting given that we’re having an outdoor ceremony in mountains, in the fresh air, etc. So, we’re wanting to say somthing about the donation being a tribute to the setting and in memory of my grandmother. So far we’ve come up with what sounds like run-on sentences! i.e. “In appreciation of the fresh air we’ve enjoyed with you at [name of wedding site] and in loving memory of bride’s grandmother, a former Fresh Air Fund kid, a donation has been made for our guests to the Fresh Air Fund.” OR “In appreciation of you spending this special day with us, a donation has been made in your name to the Fresh Air Fund…”-but then I’m stuck!
– Any suggestions for making it sound smoother?
-How to I imply it’s in place of a favor without saying “donation has been made FOR OUR GUESTS” doesn’t that sound confusing?
-Should we explain what the fresh air fund is?
Post # 3
How about something like:
“In honor of our guests, and in memory of the bride’s loving grandmother, (NAME), we are making a donation to the Fresh Air Fund. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has been giving inner-city children the joy of a summer vacation with volunteer host families and at Fund camps, creating unforgettable memories and fresh possibilities. As (NAME) enjoyed her fresh air summers as a child, and as we enjoy the fresh mountain air of (LOCATION) with our friends and loved ones on this happy occasion, we will give other children their day in the sun.”
The Fresh Air Fund also has a fact sheet on their website you can check out that may give you some text ideas, like
The Fund introduces inner-city children to a world they might otherwise never know where night skies are filled with stars instead of street lights; vast stretches of pavement are replaced with grass and trees; and days are packed with all the joyful ingredients of summer: swimming, barbeques, bike riding, and, of course, fresh air.”
Post # 4
I like your first version. I think it gets the point across and it isn’t too long. Are you going to be giving your guests individual notes? If so, I like “a donation has been made in your name”, or you could use “in the names of our guests” instead of “for our guests.”
Post # 5
How about having a unique centerpiece or arrangement that looks like a field of flowers and grasses and have a sign in front or in the arrangement saying a line from the Sting song “Fields of Gold” like this…
“See the children run as the sun goes down
Among the fields of gold.”–Sting
Because she wished to see children run through fields of flowers, a donation has been made in your honor to the Clean Air Fund, a charity which allows disadvantaged NYC children to experience wide-open spaces, see fields of beautiful flowers and breathe fresh, country air.
In Memory of(have your grandmothers’ name here), in our hearts.
Post # 6
Wow- i’m so glad I asked for suggestions. You guys are very creative. I neglected to mention that we’re printing these on a 4.5″x6x card. So there’s a bit of a limitation re: amount of words!
Post # 7
You can have the small card with just a donation in your honor has been made to the Clean Air Fund, but having a larger display card (with stand) beside a nice grassy and flowery arrangement on what would be the favor table would really get the point across and bring attention to what it is and why you’re choosing to donate to this charity.
I’m doing two favors, one of which is a donation to the charity I choose which will best help with animal and marine rehabilitation due to the gulf oil spill. I am making a cool land and water arrangement with a display card on a small stand beside it explaining what and why we’re doing it (kinda like what I said for you to consider ) 🙂
Post # 8
I usually see something like “in lieu of traditional favors, the couple has made a charitable donation to XXXXXX” followed by an explanation (if necessary) for the charity. We’re donating to the American Cancer Society, so we’re not bothering with an explanation.
Post # 9
How about something like …. A donation has been made on behalf of our guests to the Fresh Air Fund, in appreciation of the fresh air we’ve enjoyed at [wedding site name] and in loving memory of the bride’s grandmother, a former Fresh Air Fund child.
Post # 10
I really like EmeraldR‘s wording!
Post # 11
Thanks, Julialimei! I write this kind of stuff for work, but it’s fun to branch out and write about different things. It’s tough to limit words, sometimes.