Requesting Charity Donations in lieu of gift

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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5822 posts
Bee Keeper

First of all let me say you are both AWESOME people for suggesting charity donations!!

Maybe something like this:

"Mehann and Andy have been fortunate to benefit in life and in love.  If you were considering a gift, they would be happy to accept a donation to your favorite charity on their behalf."

Post # 4
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2640 posts
Sugar bee

For those who will be spending a great deal to go to the wedding, could you simply explain via phone, e-mail, website (however you communicate) that their presence is gift enough. That you are honored simply by their committment to go.  (I’m not usre how far they are traveling.)

Also, could you accept the monetary gifts you receive, and make the donations yourself?  Then you can choose the charity.  Also, the contribution might be bigger that way.  If you leave it up to the guests, they might give less, or nothing at all, or just end up giving you money anyway.

Post # 6
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

We did the same thing at our recent December wedding and it worked out wonderfully!

Included in our invitation we had a card that said the following:

<span style=”font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: ‘Monotype Corsiva'”>The greatest gifts we can receive are your continuing friendship and your presence at our wedding.<span style=”font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: ‘Monotype Corsiva'”> <span style=”font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: ‘Monotype Corsiva'”>Therefore, in the spirit of the holiday season, we ask that if you would like to give us a wedding gift, that it be one which will help those with greater needs than ourselves. To accomplish this, we are graciously accepting monetary gifts to be held in trust by us until after the wedding, at which time we will distribute them to deserving local registered charities.<span style=”font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: ‘Monotype Corsiva'”> <span style=”font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: ‘Monotype Corsiva'”>After the wedding, we will be delighted to share with you information concerning where the gifts went so you can see what a difference we have made together.<span style=”font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: ‘Monotype Corsiva'”> <span style=”font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: ‘Monotype Corsiva'”>We sincerely thank you for honoring this request.

If you have any other questions about this, please let me know.

Post # 7
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Let’s try this again! Apparently copying and pasting does not work out well on these boards! ūüôā

 

The greatest gifts we can receive are your continuing friendship and your presence at our wedding.

Therefore, in the spirit of the holiday season, we ask that if you would like to give us a wedding gift, that it be one which will help those with greater needs than ourselves. To accomplish this, we are graciously accepting monetary gifts to be held in trust by us until after the wedding, at which time we will distribute them to deserving local registered charities.

After the wedding, we will be delighted to share with you information concerning where the gifts went so you can see what a difference we have made together.

We sincerely thank you for honoring this request.

Post # 8
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158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Nicely put MsB…

We are trying to figure out how to word "no gifts, your pressence is gift enough" more eloquently due to the expense required to attend our destination wedding.  Great ideas here!

 

Post # 9
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4 posts
Wannabee

I found a great way and place to do this – justgive.org. They set up a personalized web page for us, after we choose the charities for donations. The page also explains why we chose charitable gifts in lieu of traditional ones and allows them to give online @ their convenience. JustGive keeps track of all of the donations for us and all we have to do is let guests know the address of the web page. Sure makes it simple for me. And it also gives guests who can’t make it to the wedding (family across the country) a way to participate and honor our day!

Post # 10
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2009

What wonderful wording, MsB!

Post # 11
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Wannabee

nearlywedcc : 

MsB :  TREMENDOUS!!  I love it.

          Thank you for the inspiration.

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