Your wedding day, without question, is one of the most important days of your life and it should reflect you completely. Couples in the United States are now spending, on average, between $25,000 and $35,000 on their wedding and we can understand wanting some part of it to go to a good cause. Below are a few ways to give back on your wedding day! Featured image by Life Long Studios.
Weddings are beautiful and love filled affairs, so why not do a little good to the earth while you celebrate. Work with florists that compost their clippings and ask relatives or guests to take arrangements they don’t want to nursing homes the next day. Select local and in-season flowers to help cut down on their shipping footprint and look for flowers that are VeriFlora certified, meaning they are sustainable and ethically grown.
Ask your caterer to donate the excess food to shelters the next day and choose outdoor venues or ones that consume less energy. Search out recycled paper shops to use for stationary (hint: you can’t tell the difference) and give guests edible treats to take home or favors such as saplings that they can plant help you give back!
Many couples give favors that are thrown out at the end of the night; in lieu of this, donate to your favorite charity in honor of your guests. Another option is to give each guest a “token” as a favor and have voting boxes where guests can place their tokens with each box representing a charity, at the end of the night announce which charity won and that donations will be made to that charity in honor of the guests.
Use wedding day details from companies that participate in one-for-one campaigns such as Toms Shoes, Feed Projects, or DivvyUp Socks and donate wedding or bridesmaid dresses to local wedding and prom dress campaigns. Couples can also use their registry as a way to donate by asking guests to give to charities in lieu of gifts. List the charities on your wedding website and let the goodness of your guests do the rest!
Partner with Charitable Vendors
Numerous wedding vendors are finding ways to help couples give back on their wedding day. Either by sourcing organic and ethical products or by partnering directly with charities, vendors provide many ways for couples to do-good. Vendor collectives such as Love Gives Way partner with local charities and give percentages of their profits to the charities on the couples wedding day. Many vendors give to organizations that they’re passionate about and can work with couples to contribute to their passions as well!
How about trading in the typical bachelor and bachelorette parties for to volunteer events or trips. Travel with your girls to spend some time at an orphanage while you enjoy Cabo San Lucas or put together shower kits for the local shelter while spending time at a cabin in the mountains. Couples are also taking time during their honeymoon to volunteer or they’re choosing to go on volunteer trips instead of heading to the beach.
However you choose to celebrate your big day make it something meaningful to you and your guests!