- Miss Puppy Love
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
(wasn’t really sure where to post this)
I am very blessed with a wonderful family and friends, exciting experiences and opportunities, and good health and living arrangements. I am very passionate about being proactive, about giving back to my community, so I’ve known since day 1 that I wanted to use areas of my wedding to promote this perspective to our guests. I mean, did I tell you what Donny and I ended up getting each other for Valentine’s Day???
Without knowing it, we both got each other animal sponsorships. I got him a Barn Buddy sponsorship through the Humane Society. Meet Quackers!
And Donny got me a penguin sponsorship through the St. Louis Zoo!
So, of course, we are set on supporting more great causes through our wedding.
I ended up “winning” the session from a silent auction. As regular volunteers with the Humane Society (see pictures), I signed up to volunteer a the Rescue Runaways fashion show coordinated by Maurices in the mall. At this event, they had a silent auction table from other supporters of the Humane Society. I happened to browse the table and saw a free photography session! Recently engaged, I couldn’t resist! I bid on the package…and won (all proceeds donated to the Humane Society)! Then, Studio 163 was so great and decided to donate any additional proceeds (e.g. any prints/albums purchased) to the Humane Society, too!
We were so excited about this, not just because we volunteer there, but also because Donny proposed using a puppy we fostered from the Humane Society. I wasn’t set on doing engagement photos, but I’m so happy we did! I just wish we could’ve brought our puppies with us (they were back in STL the weekend of for a vet appointment).
2. Donate Dress. I am really excited to have stumbled across this charitable program when I Googled “donate wedding dress”: Brides Against Breast Cancer. One of my really good friends, who is only 20 years old, just lost her mom to a lifelong struggle with breast cancer. My FI’s mom suffered but overcame breast cancer. And a close family member just recently was diagnosed with cancer. I would like nothing more than to help a soon-to-be-bride find the dress of her dreams!
3. Create charitable registry. There are so many ways brides can give back! The IDo Foundation is a great place to start looking for ways you can help. I just created an account with them. Doing so, I get to create a site for registry information…using their partner stores, 6%+++ of gift purchases from guests are donated to the charity of your choice!
4. Use favors as donations. There are two options we are considering for this right now. 1) I had planned on simply making a large donation to a charity of choice, leaving placecards for the guests letting them a donation was made in lieu of a favor. 2) My mom and I attended a bridal show recently where we fell in love with Laughing Penguins Photobooth services. The best part? They donate a portion of their pay to the St. Louis Zoo (the penquins!!!!).
5. Buy locally as much as possible.
Have you considered using your wedding to promote the ideals of civic engagement? Are you doing anything to support the community around you?
“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve” -MLK