(Closed) Donating to charity in lieu of favors…how to make this known?

posted 8 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My cousin actually did this.  Her husband was involved with the Boys and Girls Club as a child and they donated to them as their wedding favors.  They had a small card on the plate of each guest with some information about his involvement and how much that meant to him, and it let each guest know that a donation was made in their name for X dollars.  It was actually really sweet because it’s sentimental and honestly, no one missed the favors!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I am also planning on doing this. My Fiance is a firefighter and we are going to make a donation to the burn society. I was also thinking the bottom of the menu card. But I don’t know deciding if you want the steak or the fish and then thinking about the burn society, is that weird? The little card on the plate is a very nice idea. But more things to print up! Sigh… it never ends.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

We did this and we put the information in the program on the page thanking everyone – where we are giving and why

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I made cards that say “A donation has been made in honor of the guests of the XXX-YYY wedding to Yellow Ribbon International in loving memory of the Bride’s Sister.”  Yellow Ribbon is a teen suicide prevention program.  They have little business cards that teens in crisis should give to someone as a cry for help.  I put little pockets at the bottom of each card, and I’m putting one of those cards in each pocket.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We did this too! Donated to Charitywater.
We had a poster made up and I put it in a frame on the table (next to the seating chart) at the reception.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

@Ngolden1:  Thank you.  I’m sorry for you and your FI’s loss, also.  It is definitely a difficult subject to bring up.

On a different note, a lot of the bigger organizations will print cards for you that say that a donation has been made.  I don’t know about Alzheimer’s organizations, though.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

Why do your guests need to know this information? They don’t. Any donation to any charity or organization should always be private between you and the charity. Your guests don’t need or want to know, especially if that charity is in any way controversial.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We ended up doing donation cards (4×6) that were double sided and and will be put in a double sided frame and used as part of our centerpieces.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am not sure if you do anything similar in the US but in the UK you can buy charity pins (like badges) which you wear if you support a charity.  We have bought each guest a charity pin so that way they get a little something to take away and the proceeds we paid went to the charity. x

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Ember78  You would not include the amount of money donated (I would agree, that is private) but a note/sign about the fact that in the guests honour a donation has been made (instead of a favor)…is perfectly fine. They might be wondering where the favors are if nothing is mentioned. Also I think it sets a good example. And in most cases I would say that is shows a bit of your personally and passions as to where you donate to.

 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We will be doing this for our wedding and donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society because my father passed away from lymphoma. On the cards I will be saying that in memory of xxxx we will be donating to the leukemia and lymphoma society in lieu of favors.  I personally always throw favors out from wedding anyway, this way its for a good cause 

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