(Closed) in leiu of……

posted 6 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

“A donation has been made in the name of “wedding party” to the R Society for the Protection of Animals.”  

Post # 4
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are following another couple’s example and putting:

In Honor of Our Guests

The Bride and Groom have made a donation to ___, which [work they do].

At the bottom of our programs, before the “Thank you for your love,” etc.

I’ve seen really cute signs like this on Etsy – you could also make one yourself, put it in a picture frame, and have it on a table somewhere at your reception.

Post # 6
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We got the idea from my friend’s wedding, where her parents made a donation to a cause they were involved with (raising guide dogs) and had a sign about it next to the guestbook. The sign had more info in case people wanted to learn about the organization (if we did it that way, we were going to add a QR code – really easy to make and free online). I thought it was really cool and a nice alternative to traditional favors.

Post # 7
23 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012


This is the photo that I framed for my wedding on 10/19/12. The frame will be displayed on the escort card table. 

Post # 8
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@futuremrslennon:  Most of my charitable giving goes to animal welfare organizations.

But I find the trend to to tie a wedding what-would-have-been-gift-for-guests to a charity to be simply odd. And kind of annoying, really, especially if I don’t like the charity.

You do not owe me a “favor.” Don’t act like you do. Just give to the charity, or not. Don’t brag about it. Leave me (the guest) out of it.

And for god’s sake don’t give favors, no on cares about that.

Post # 10
8527 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

(Except that most of my giving goes to alleviate hunger — Food Gatherers, Forgotten Harvest, etc.) (Human hunger, I mean.) (Not that I approve of hungry animals, I just prefer to help people first.)

Post # 13
2324 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m not sure about the RSPCA, but i knw that if it were the Cancer Council they actually provide little business cards type things to put on the table – as you would a favour – may be worth contacting RSPCA as they may do it for you?

Post # 15
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Love this so much. Stealing some wording for our wedding favor donations! Thanks all.

Post # 16
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We didn’t want it to be “BAM IN YOUR FACE!!!” with our charity favors, so we just did a simple sign by our escort cards. We are huge animal lovers too so we picked two smaller dog rescues for our charities.

The sign was designed by me and featured SO and I with our dogs on it. The headline/design said “In honor of our guests” but then the actual blurb said, “In lieu of favors, we have made charitable contributions to:” and then we listed the two charities with a short description of each one (in new paragraphs). Then we followed that up with another paragraph that said, “Thank you so much for being a part of our lives and joining us on our wedding day!”

I read a lot online about people’s issues with charity favors and one major issue is that people didn’t like the “in your name” part (as in, “we have made charity contributions in your name to x”) so it was easier to just be short and sweet, while also calling attention to our charities and explaining why we picked them and what they do.

To be quite honest, I also didn’t want to spend the money ordering postcards when that could just go to the charities themselves. It was much cheaper to print one sign and pop it into a frame.

We also had a photo booth and some rather fun/elaborate escort “cards” (that others have actually used as favors), so all in all, actual/deliberate “name + date” favors were not missed by our guests.

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