Charitable Wedding Favor

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Instead of giving away something all your guests may not want, you can donate what you plan to spend on wedding favors to a charity on behalf of all the guests at your wedding.
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April 18, 2005

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!

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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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By Mary (Guest Post)
April 18, 20050 found this helpful
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What a great idea! I always thought the wedding favors were pretty useless and an unnecessary expense. I think it's a much better use of the money to help others in need! At a wedding I attended awhile back the bride and groom donated all the money from the dollar dance to charity.

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It was such a nice gesture, and I think it's a really upbeat and positive way to start your new lives together. Congratulations!

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By Teejay (Guest Post)
October 23, 20050 found this helpful
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I thought this was such a great idea. I am using it at my wedding. We planned to get married in 2004 only 3 weeks before the wedding my dad collapsed with a brain tumour, he passed away 4 weeks later. We are now getting married next year and instead of favours, we are going to donate all the money we would have spent to Cancer Research. I hope others share this great idea, and help some truely worthwhile causes.

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