Post # 1
So, I am considering making a donation on behalf of our guests rather than go with favors. My Fiance and I are huge dog lovers – we’re the proud owners of 2 rescue dogs – and I think it would be really meaningful and very “us” to find a local rescue to donate too.
My question – what are the creative ways you did or are doing the whole ‘donation’ thing besides having a sign at the front of the venue? I’d really like to make it special and a little qwirky at the same time but I don’t want to spend much money on it (because I feel that defeats the purpose) or make it borderline cheesy.
Post # 3
Why do you need to say anything at all to your guests about it? Favors are never necessary. A donation in honor of your wedding is always appreciated by the recipient. But a donation is not really a “favor” to your guests. And publicizing your charitable donation among your guests just seems like calling attention to yourself, and/or trying to get credit for favors when you didn’t actually have them.
My advice would be to make the donation, skip the favors, and also skip the sign, etc., publicizing the favors.
Post # 4
@2dBride: I completely agree.
Post # 5
We made a donation to the American Heart Association since my father passed away of a heart attack. We had one sign that was a lovely poem in rememberance of my dad. At the end of the poem we said that we made a donation. I had pictures of me and him around the sign. It didn’t draw too much attention and it wasn’t in your face. But it was a nice way to remember my dad, too. Could you have a sign and then have some pictures with your dogs? I think that will be a nice way to show your love toward the cause.
My Italian family is very traditional so we had to have some way of explaining the ‘lack of favors’.
Post # 6
also, the sign didn’t say ‘in lieu of favors’. we actually didn’t mention the idea of favors at all in the sign.
Post # 7
@2dBride: I think the point would be not to draw attention to ourselves, but to our cause. I don’t plan on running around with a badge on my chest saying “I donated money”, but I would like to find a creative way to showcase why we choose to donate and why we’re choosing to do it where we’re going to do it.
Post # 8
Depending on how many guests you have at the wedding, is it possible to make a cookie in the shape of a dog bone and attach a card that give information on the charity (website, phone number, etc).
If the cookies are too much work/not cost effective, you could have a small set up as guest are leaving with pictures of your dogs and perhaps some brochures/information about the charity.
Love the idea of donating to a charity. We did as well, and many of our guests commented that they would rather the money go to something worthwile than to a favour they would never use.