Charitable Wedding Favor

April 18, 2005

Outline of a hand holding up a heart to the sky with sunset in the background.I stressed out over wedding favors for our guests when we were getting married. I thought about getting traditional favors, like tiny picture frames (that the men don't care about) and tiny trinket boxes (that men don't care about) and everything else under the sun that would be left behind by the men attending our reception, and of course some women (I'm guilty of that).


Because we were going to have so many guests (220 people) I decided we'd do something edible. Cookies were going to cost us $5.00 per guest at first, then I talked her down to $3.00, then I thought I was out of my mind with 220 people coming that were going to eat all that money we were going to spend! They were already getting chocolate dipped strawberries, and of course the cake!

We finally decided that we were going to donate what we were going to spend on cookies, to a charity on behalf of all our guests at the wedding. However, only a charity that doesn't take out administrative costs and 100% of our donation would go directly to the cause. Choose which ever charity you'd like.

We went with a charity where we could pick exactly where we wanted the money to go. (ex. a pig for a family, AIDS care for children, telephone for a family, pre-natal care for expectant mothers, and many other things to choose and in specific countries). We printed how much, to what country, and what we wanted this money to buy, and framed it for all the guest to see what others got.

The priest read out everything before the blessing of the meal, just in case some didn't see the frame at the seating table. There was a louder applause at that, than after he said "You may kiss the bride"!

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