Weddings that pay it forward. Share your ideas!!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Great ideas.  How about donating all your centerpieces to a nursing or assisted-living home, or a hospital!  (Just make arrangements ahead of time.)

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did donations instead of favors and registered through the IDoFoundation, which gives some percentage to charity for travel booked through them, and registry gifts (Macys works with them). Also –

– The 5 GMs, the ring bearer, my DH, and I all wore TOMS (I actually bought 2 pairs for me), so that’s 9 pairs of shoes that were given to those in need.

– For my BM gifts, I tried to give back a bit. I bought the girls 2 large candles from St Judes Children’s Hospital, LUSH lotion (the charity pot, which donates money to a charity) and EnviroSax, reuseable bags from a company that also does charitable donations.

– We decorated our already-beautiful outdoor ceremony venue with 16 potted plants, which we also used in our reception ballroom, and returned them to the florist a day later. So, we didn’t have to kill more plants.

– I don’t know if this counts, but we had the reception at a historic location that’s always struggling to raise money, so we gave business to them rather than some corporate or private location.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

There is a not for profit caterer in our area that teaches kitchen & restaurant skills the less fortunate individuals.  Their prices were good and their food gets good reviews. 

We’re looking at not for profit venues right now.  Places that have camps for kids often have neat programming and cool locations.

You can buy goods and services from bridal charity auctions.  Often it’s a win-win: discounted service, and a donation for the charity!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@OnceUponATime:  I had heard of other couples buying services at that sort of event on the boards, actually!  Seattle has an event called “Get Hitched, Give Hope,” and Brides Against Breast Cancer is a pretty well-known one.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Great ideas, and I like the concept but I do want to point out that the favors are gifts for your guests as a thank you for being there.  IMO, a charitable donation is not the same thing and doesn’t substitute.  🙁  I know many brides disagree, but there is a contingent on here that believes this.

Hire people just starting out a new business.

Ask the wedding party to wear outfits they already own.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m asking the students I work with to do my hair and make up trials so they can fulfil their portfolio requirements. We are also going to do charity favours for a local children’s charity. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@confettiegg2000:  How do the logistics work out with the favor donations? 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@chachaD:  I’m seen it executed in a prettier, more official way, but we just printed up a little sign that said, “In lieu of favors, the bride and groom have chosen to make a donation to XXX and YYY.” (omitted on this forum to avoid further controversy) and set it up near the gift table and guest book. Then, we made the donations on our own time, and that was that.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@OnceUponATime:  thank you. This is a great idea. We have a cause that’s really important to us. I am going to talk to my planner about this. These ideas are so much better than favors. I would rather give something back. Thanks for starting this thread, it’s one of the best and most useful I have read thus far.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

LOVE this thread. We are doing Kiva loans instead of favors and letting our guests pick which countries they go to.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jdhall89:  I love your venue ideas!  If you’re going to be paying so much money to use a space, it totally makes sense to choose a place that has a mission you can really get behind!

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