4 Tips for Planning a Wedding That Gives Back
When planning your special day it’s great to think about all the things you want. However, if one thing you want is for your wedding to benefit others there are ways to plan a wedding that gives back. Here are our best tips to help you out!
1.) Choose a non-profit for your venue site.
Every month beautiful weddings take place at museums, botanical gardens, aquariums, historical societies, etc. The fees these venues charge to host a wedding go to the maintaining of these properties and often times, their educational programs. If you are having an outdoor wedding, consider a nonprofit, like a museum, to host your reception. People will think you’re generous, intelligent, and classy for choosing the right location!
2.) Donate to a charity in your guests honor.
Most wedding guest don’t need another trinket to take home and throw away later. Instead leave a place card at each seat letting them know that a donation has been made in their honor, to the charity of your choice. If you want to give them something to take home consider your favorite fair trade coffee or chocolate. It will be the best of both worlds, and if they love it, they can continue to support the nonprofit long after your wedding date.
3.) Donate your flowers.
Most wedding flowers either go home with the last remaining guest or get thrown away. Instead of trashing those expensive beauties, consider donating them to a nursing home or a hospital in the area. They could brighten the day of whoever receives them (see video below) and you can feel good about sharing the beauty with those in need. Ask your wedding coordinator or local florists where they should go and arrange for delivery beforehand.
4.) Register at a few local shops.
Choose a few of your favorite local shops for your registry and strengthen your community at the same time. If you don’t have enough local shop to fill your registry or if you have out of town guest you can supplement a list of larger stores with one or two local shops. Buying from local small businesses is a great way to give back to your community and support the local economy.