In recent years we’ve noticed a trend of philanthropy at weddings. We’ve seen more and more couples finding ways to give back while celebrating their big day. Weddings are a big expense and often times there is a lot of waste after the party is over. From extra food to centerpieces and even wine that does good, we’ve got our favorite ways you can make a difference while celebrating I Do.
- One Hope Wine | Based in California, each bottle of One Hope Wine purchased gives back to a specific charity. They also offer wedding bar catering services. You can contact the company directly and work with a representative to order the appropriate amount of wine for your wedding with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the charity of your choice. They can even work with venues that supply the wine through a distributor! Want more information on One Hope? Check out the styled bar we shot with them.
- Donation Favors | Let’s get real about favors. Most of them either end up in the trash that night or as soon as your guests get home. And they don’t need another koozie. Instead of spending money on favors, make a donation to your favorite charity. Leave a note at each guest’s seating letting them know where you’ve donated and how they can get involved as well.
- Donate Extra Food | Depending on the state you live in, food regulations can be pretty strict meaning this might not be an option for you. However, talk with your caterer and see if there are any specific charities they work with that will accept leftover food after your wedding. It’s better than it ending up in the trash.
- Take Centerpieces to the Nursing Home | Bring extra vases with you and place centerpieces in them when the night is done. The next morning, donate the flowers to a nursing home to display around the facility and in residents’ rooms. Just be sure to arrange it with the facility before hand so they know to expect them. This will definitely bring a smile to people’s faces!
- Forgo the Registry | If you already have everything you feel you need, skip the registry and ask for donations to your favorite charity instead. Registry sites like Zola and MyRegistry will even let you do this in addition to registering for traditional items.
- Choose Environmentally and Socially Conscious Products | Items like seeded invitations can be planted after the wedding and beautiful flowers will bloom in it’s place. Additionally little things like wearing Toms means a kid in need gets a pair of shoes.
Are you planning on giving back in any way at your wedding? Comment below and let us know.