Photo by Krista Photography
Given yesterday’s tragic events in Oklahoma, we wanted to take a moment to encourage you to consider adding a charitable element to your wedding day celebration. Whether you ask guests to make a donation on your behalf or make a donation yourself in lieu of favors, it’s a good idea to start your marriage off on a generous and charitable note. We recommend letting guests know about any donations with a small sign – either on each table or near the escort cards. You can also put a note in your ceremony program if you so desire. If you’re specifically looking to respond to the Oklahoma tragedy, here are a few organizations that are worth looking into:
Oklahoma Red Cross
Central Oklahoma Humane Society
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
Are you planning on including a charitable element to your wedding day? Tell us about it in the comments!
Hydrangea Dude and I volunteer a lot of our time, and donate money to charitable organizations. We also participate annually in the Charity Walk for Children’s Hospital Boston. So, we’ve decided that in lieu of traditional favors, we want to do a charitable donation.
Children’s Hospital has really simple items that you can use as favors/place cards when you donate for a special occassion. We are going to go with the Ivory scrolls and we can customize a few lines of text with our names and wedding date. We’ll then roll them up and tie them with a ribbon in our color scheme and put them at everyone’s place settings. A nice favor, and for a great cause (and tax-deductible too)! To view more about their options, click here.
I can’t tell you how many tins of mints, matchbooks, or little boxes of chocolates I’ve brought home from weddings. I also can’t tell you how many favors I’ve seen left at tables to be thrown away (or how many people throw them away once they get home). So, if they throw away our scroll – no big deal, it’s just a piece of paper. However, the money we spent doesn’t go in the trash. And I feel good about that!
We decided to do this as our favors pretty much the week we got engaged. Since then, I’ve seen it done at a wedding, and heard about it being done at several others. Many other charitable groups offer these types of favors – just decide on your favorite charity and ask them if they have a special occassion favor product. Or, you could make your own! Give your donation, and then make up your own cards in your wedding colors and theme that simply say that a donation has been made to XYZ charity in celebration of the wedding.