(Closed) What do you think of making a donation to charities versus candy favors?

posted 10 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I would think that it was a sweet idea. There are very few people whose lives haven’t been affected by cancer. I would just make a little note card for each table or something though to let people know, and maybe stick some pictures of the people you have lost to cancer around to make it even more special.

Post # 4
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Considering your family history I think that it would be wonderful gesture.

I agree with MsBlueberry about recognizing those affected by cancer in some way; I’d suggest maybe placing their names on the back of the donation card. A little note on each table explaining the donation would also be enough. I’m not sure you’d have to make one for everyone. This way people who don’t know both sides of your family can learn about why you chose this charity. 

Post # 5
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Personally, I’m not a big fan of the donations for a favor idea.  I understand the obvious tie and appreciation you and your Fiance have for the above mentioned charities and I wholeheartedly am for the two of you supporting them as you see fit.  But giving money to a charity shouldn’t serve as a favor for your guests.

In my mind, the favor is supposed to be a small thank you for attending your wedding and being a part of your special day.  And I just don’t see how donating money to a charity that many of your guests will have zero tie to is a thank you to them.  I think you should make donations on your own time but not as favors.

Post # 6
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i love the idea of doing a donation instead of favors, and you have a charity that really means something to both of your families. as a guest, i’d be happier knowing that you are supporting a great cause than having a few pieces of chocolate to take home. i plan on going this route as well. i agree with a pp that it would be nice to print up some cards for each table explaining the donation and the significane to your families.

Post # 7
41 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

My fiance and I are buying our table placecards and favour boxes from the Make-a-Wish Foundation UK, which come with a little pin to put in the box along with whatever we decide to put in (sweets, memento, etc).  We are going to tie a ribbon around each box in our wedding colour, so it fits in (they are cream and gold, the boxes so they go with most everything). 

The whole set (table placecard, favour box, and pin) is £2.50 per person, so we get items we can use at our wedding reception and we’re also getting to make a donation.  It seems better (to us) than buying the table placecards and favour boxes from another company, since we know the money will go to good use.  We’re also putting a note on our invitation that we would be happy for our guests to donate to the charity in our name, in lieu of a gift, if they would rather.

We chose this charity because my brother was granted a wish from the Canadian counterpart when we were kids.

Post # 8
41 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

Crap, I tried to attach a photo but it was too big, maybe this one will work (re-sized).  This is the sample photo they sent us, when we enquired.  😀


Post # 9
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love the idea of doing a donation over favors.  We definiately considered doing that but then we got some really great favors for free so we couldn’t pass them up.

Post # 10
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Know your guests. On each placecard I gave my guests the option to vote for a charity, and several commented that they really appreciated the gesture and were tired of regular favors! Guests dropped their votes into a box at the card table.

I’m sure the minority of old-school guests present were not as pleased, but since I knew the majority of my guests were like-minded and less traditional, I was comfortable with the idea.

Post # 12
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t think donations are a replacement for favors; a donation isn’t a token the guests can take away with them, which is, by definition, what a favor is.  A donation is a great idea on its own, without it being called a favor. You’re right, though. A donation to a charity would be a better use of your money than a favor. 🙂

Post # 13
4499 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love donations as favors. I’ve only been to one wedding where this happened, but it really struck me as nice. It made me happy to think that someone made a donation to a charity in my honor, rather than buying something trinket-y that I will most likely throw away.

Post # 14
3761 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Favors can take a lot of forms – including a gesture (aka a donation). 

Miriam Webster has a few definitions:

a (1) : friendly regard shown toward another especially by a superior (2) : approving consideration or attention

a : gracious kindness; also : an act of such kindness <did you a favor>

a : a token of love (as a ribbon) usually worn conspicuously b : a small gift or decorative item given out at a party


It can take many forms.  Basically, it is a nice way to say Thank You.

Post # 15
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I vote for donations!

Post # 16
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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I agree with you @FutureKMM.  People have taken the time/money to come to your wedding, I think it is nice to send them with a ‘taste’ or a small token from you.  A little effort goes along way. 

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