Donations As Wedding Favors
by Sue Jackson
Donations As Wedding Favors: The Perfect Way To Make Your
Wedding Memorable And Helpful
By Sue Jackson
Everybody likes to receive wedding favors from the couple,
whether it is of the edible kind, the practical type, or the
displayable variety. For your wedding, you are thinking along
this line and looking at catalogs for wedding favors like cute
wine bottle stoppers, quirky scented candles, sweet mints and
candies, delectable cookies and cupcakes, sweet picture frames
and fridge magnets.
However, you can make your wedding more memorable by giving
donations to charitable causes of your choice. You can always
provide for the abovementioned wedding favors if you have the
budget for them and you want concrete objects to have and to
hold; your guests will surely love your thoughtfulness.
Do Your Research
Before you make charitable donations to the organization of
your choice, be sure to do your research. Organizations have
different approaches to accepting donations and spending
contributions, which you need to be aware of before you sign
that check. You can check the Internet first.
You have to make sure that your choice of organization issues
an official receipt for your donation, which could be used for
tax deduction purposes. Otherwise, you need to start looking
somewhere else lest you run into trouble with the law. With the
problems you face in your wedding preparations, you definitely
do not want trouble in your wedding favors where there is none
First, determine who and what you would like to help. This way,
you can narrow down your wedding favors cum donations to these
* Environmental Causes
Visit the website of your favorite environmental group and make
a donation through your credit card, which should take you very
little time. You can check out National Arbor Day Foundation,
Save the Elephants, Greenpeace or any local environmental group
you want. For example, National Arbor will plant trees in the
name of your guests.
For presentation, you can place a table card with an image of a
tree, the guest's name and your favorite tree quote. Your guests
will be thrilled to know that a tree is planted in their honor!
* Disaster Causes
You can donate to organizations helping to assist victims of
disaster rebuild their lives. Check out the Twin Towers Fund,
the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and any local organization
helping your neighbors.
Furthermore, you can save on the cost of your wedding since you
determine how much you donate. You can present this donation
through cards with messages of thanks from the organization and
* Cancer Research and Patients
You might have a family member battling the Big C. Your
donation to cancer research will warm his heart and those of
your guests, too. You can check out the hospitals that have
cancer wards and ask around for the patients who need help the
most. You can also directly donate to cancer research
The documentary requirements to make the contribution legal
will be more complicated but it is worth the trouble. Check out
the Make a Wish Foundation, The American Cancer Society and your
These donation ideas are just a few but when you put your mind
to it, you can find other causes to support. How about feeding
the hungry? Or clothing the poor?
Whatever you decide on for your wedding favors, always remember
that it is your thought that counts. If you decide to give both
donations and concrete favors, then everybody gets to be happy
on your most special day.
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