(Closed) What do you think of donations?

posted 11 years ago in Favors
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

While it may not be popular opinion, I don’t believe that donations are favors at all, nor do they have any place at a wedding. Favors are something that guests take home, whether something edible or a keepsake. A donation is neither of those as it is not for the guest. If you want to give a donation to a charity you regularly donate to, that’s one thing and should be kept private between you and the charity. Your guests don’t need or want to know anything about it. Definitely do not donate in your guests’ names as the charity will come after them in the future for further donations and it may be a charity they don’t personally agree with.

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I love the idea of the donation to the SPCA!  I haven’t seen many favors that I have been WOWed by (despite all of our efforts to be thoughtful and creative).  It’s true to you.  If you can add a little human treat that’s all the better.  Have you thouht of using pictures of your pets and friends pets in decorating?  Not going crazy, dog themed wedding, but I saw someone who used pictures of her dogs in place of table numbers….the frisbee table, loves the water…  that may be too much for you.  But the donation as a favor is good, noone is really going to miss the favor and the world will be a better place.

Post # 19
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We are doing favors to an animal charity as well! I think we’re going to donate to a local SPCA as opposed to the bigger organization. Most guests don’t care about favors anyway. Think about it this way- if you were the guest would you rather receive a useless trinket or a couple pieces of chocolate or know that the money for favors was given to a good cause? Donations hands down! 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are doing a donation to the Special Olymipics. I love weddings that do this and enjoy not having to take home a some cheesy favor that I will never use and usualy end up throwing away.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I am always a big fan of couples that forego the usual favors, and opt to donate the money to a favorite charity. It says a great deal about the couple’s values and that they genuinely care about a great cause.

Any guest should feel honored that a donation was made in their honor!

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I’m all about donations as favors – I think it’s a great idea!

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I love donations in lieu of favors.  We plan to donate to a local Children’s Hospital or to Unicef.  We won’t be adding anything “extra” but I do like your idea of a little treat for each guest.  I don’t see how anyone can be offended by not receiving a favor.  Would anyone ever think “omg I can’t believe I didn’t GET a favor after coming to my dear friend/family member’s wedding and eating a nicely hosted dinner and having a great time at the party”!?

Post # 24
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re doing a donation as well. We’ve chosen the Alzheimer’s Society (for my maternal grandmother who I’m 95% sure won’t be able to make it to the wedding) and they’re giving us Forget Me Not seeds for our guests. I think if it’s a charity close to your hearts your guests will recognize that and appreciate that more than a tiny cheesy picture frame. I love your idea of the little bones! So cute!!!

I’m also making homemade jam with my sister (MOH) over the summer which is somewhat unnecessary but I love doing that stuff so I’m running with it!

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

we were thinking of doing a donation as well, i thing you have a great idea. def. to be commended. skip the candy and all that jazz.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@danadelphia

My guy and I were thinking about doing that as well… I was going to wait a couple of months and start a thread about it. I’ll just lurk on yours 😉 His family is very very conservative and Catholic. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ bakerella sorry about your grandmother. That is a great charity and it is wonderful that they are giving you the seeds for your guests. I also love the jam idea! Those are the kind of favors I love and will actually use rather than a cheap photo frame. We are going to can this summer as well and give some of the canned goods to our attendants in a little basket.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are also having donations as favors and will probably donate the the Humane Society of the US.  I don’t see how there can ever be anything wrong with replacing candy or cookie wedding favors that guests take home with a donation to help a greater cause.  I have never once really appreciated any piece of candy or candle I have received at a wedding (not like I would a donation in place of that candy or candle).  I say go for it!!!!!!!!

Post # 29
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Tonya2010 – We’re date twins! Cute! What are you canning? I love that the charity is providing us with something for our guests which makes it really meaningful to me. In the spring my guests will sprinkle the seeds in their garden and think of our wedding and my grandmother each time they stop to look at the flowers. That makes me smile.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ bakerella, Yay! We ARE date twins! We are going to can homemade salsa, green beans, corn, carrots, apples, strawberry jam and hopefully blackberry jam. We love organic vegetables, so it will be a gift that means something to the Fiance and I, and I think that our attendants will truly appreciate the time spent. We are going to get them something else too, but this will be our thoughtful gift. If I have enough time I may make jams for my guests as well…we shall see. =) I plan on making homemade caramel apples for everyone for sure, so that may be all that I can do. Reading the part about your guests sprinkling the seeds and thinking about your grandmother and your wedding made me smile too when reading it. =)

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