As we come to the end of June and July is just days away, I realized that the month zipped by without a mention of weddings. When you think June, you think weddings, so we simply can’t end the month without a few tips on how to incorporate charity into your big day. Decades ago, when we were married these options didn’t exists but today couples are using this special day to not only make a statement but more importantly to make a difference.
Here are few great ideas that couples are incorporating philanthropy into their big day.
1. Registering for gifts can now make an impact on others with the help of the I Do Foundation. Couples can either select a cause they want donations to go to rather than gifts or register with a variety of retailers who will donate a portion of those sales to a cause.
2. Wedding Dresses there are a number of organizations such as The Bridal Garden in NYC that donate 75% of their sales to a non-profit for children’s causes. Then when the big day is over you can donate your wedding dress and pay it forward with Donate My Wedding Dress.org
3. Wedding Details and decor couples are picking a theme and or cause for their wedding and incorporating that into their decor. Different tables can represent different causes and the decor follows suit, with pink napkins for breast cancer and red for heart disease, all furthering awareness to a cause the couple cares about. Donations can be made in lieu of favors or the I Do Foundation also has charitable favors, so gifts that keep giving.
4. Food and Flowers can always be donated to homeless shelters and flowers to hospitals. Ask your caterer or crew to help you make sure that both of these get passed on to an organization who will appreciate them.
5. Honeymoon who knew that now even some all-inclusive resorts, such as Sandals, have local non-profits that they support? A wonderful way to know that even your vacation is helping the communities you are visiting.
Just knowing that you are starting out your new life by inspiring others to give and impacting lives is something worth celebrating.
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