(Closed) Donation vs. Favor???

posted 8 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve never actually seen one, but it sounds like a nice idea. I think right now, the Gulf wildlife people could use all the help they can get cuz of the oil spill.

Post # 4
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We doing a donation instead of favors. We are not placing a card at each person’s place setting (mostly, because I’ve already signed myself up for more than enough DIY paper projects!). We are having a menu and bar card at each table (standing on the table), and at the bottom of the card, we’re putting:

In lieu of favors, a donation has been made to Equality Maine. Love conquers all.

Equality Maine is our local advocacy group for marriage equality. We debated several charities that we give to in our regular lives, but settled on marriage equality, because it’s important to us, especially at our wedding. I know it’s controversial for some, but it’s important to me and FH.

There are tons of great charities though – both local and national. I’m a big supporter of giving as local as I can, so I guess if you want to do a donation, just decide which organizations and causes are most important to you and your FH, and go from there.

Post # 5
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

we decided to do a donation. my fiance wanted to get the Livestrong wristbands, so it is a donation but with a token for each person to take. i am thinking that on the table with the guest book maybe i will get a big canister or simple square vase or something to put them in, and then I will make a 8.5 x 11 ‘sign’ in one of those clear standing picture frames you can get with a not explaining and telling our guests to take a wristband. we figured whose family hasn’t been affected by cancer, plus my fiance wears his yellow wristband everyday. and if people dont take them at least we made a donation.

Post # 6
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You should put a poll on this and see what the hive says!

Post # 7
661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are doing donations and having a framed sign by the guest book stating such.

Post # 8
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We did a donation instead of favors, mostly because I have just never understood the point of favors.  We donated to the local animal shelter where we adopted our cat and we put a note of it in the programs.  People really, really liked the idea and we had so many guests tell us that they were glad to not get a favor.

Post # 9
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We gave donations instead of favors. We thought about printing a card and putting it on each place setting, but considering we had 700 guests, we felt like it would be a waste of paper. So instead, we took a page of our program and designed it with a graphic and text to let people know that a donation was made in their honor in lieu of wedding favors (with a little explanation of the organization and the website).

Post # 10
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

We’ve made a donation in lieu of favors.  My Maid/Matron of Honor and a couple of other family members have been affected by Breast Cancer, so I thought it would be appropriate to make a donation in their honor.  I can’t imagine that anyone would be opposed to the Susan G. Komen Organization, since most everyone knows someone that has been impacted by it.  We’re placing a sign (see pic below) near the signature platter so that guests see it upon entering.  Thank you Etsy designer, mtkdesigns.  Smile

Post # 11
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

FI’s cousin did it in January – there was a small sign on the escort table and there was also a sign next to the table number saying where they donated the money to and what the charity means to the couple. I thought it was nice.

Post # 12
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

One of my favorites, Heifer International, has cards templates you can print. The cards usually feature a smiling child with the livestock your donation purchased.

Post # 14
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My wedding is a ways off, but my fiance and I both think that a donation lieu of favors is what we want. We will donate to the local animal shelter we adopted one of our dogs from.

Post # 15
11 posts

I completely understand not wanting to waste money on hokey wedding favors, and I think it is fair to simply forgo them.  Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always thought it seemed a bit tacky to announce that you have made a donation to your personal charity of choice in lieu of gifts for your wedding guests.  I have several charities that are of personal importance to me, but I would not give the bride and groom a card stating that I was donating to my charity of choice in lieu of giving them a gift. They just seem like separate things, you know?  By all means, make a donation to the charity of your choice, but why announce it?

At the last wedding I attended, the bride and groom had custom made cards professionally printed for each table that announced their donation to the local food bank.  I couldn’t help thinking that the food bank would have benefited even more if the couple had donated the money they spent on those custom made cards.

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