Wedding gifts

Share your love with others

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

How does one just ask for charitable contributions to their favorite(s) charities instead of asking for gifts? With more and more couples starting a home together before getting married, it is just not as necessary to request housewares, bedding, and silverware as a wedding gift. If you decide to request money for good cause, there are many online websites that will manage collecting and distributing the funds for you. If you have a favorite charity, ask them what the best way is for them to accept money.

Spread the word through your wedding website

 

Spreading The Word About Charitable Contributions In Lieu of Wedding Gifts

The best way to get the word out to your guests is via your wedding website, as well as your Save the Dates and your invitations. Then on the Registry tab, you have the link there it goes directly to your favorite(s) charities and you’re done! Don’t give guests any other option for other places to shop.

The second best way is word of mouth. When people talk to your wedding party, family and close friends asking where you are registered, give these people the direction to send inquirers to your website so they can donate to their charity of choice. If you are having showers, this is a great way to get the word out as well, if you are asking for donations in lieu of gifts at your wedding shower.

Support the Heifer Foundation

Carrying Out The Theme

At the wedding, you can carry out the theme of the charity. I had one couple as the favor donate to the Heifer Foundation and the foundation sent them little cards to put at everyone’s place setting of a cow, chicken, goat, horse, and sheep.  This is a great way to let people know that you are all in for the charity and would like to leave the world a better place.

Honeyfund, which offers honeymoon registries to finance the wedding, also offers other crowdfunding options.

Bio: Taylor’d Events is owned by Jennifer Taylor and Alex Chalk, dedicated wedding professionals and the driving force behind the one-of-a-kind weddings at Taylor’d Events Group. They specialize in weddings throughout the Pacific Northwest and Maui, Hawaii, they plan unique weddings anywhere.

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Unsure about exactly which items to put on your wedding registry? I mean, there are just so many OPTIONS! Whether you’re just starting the list or putting the finishing touches on your perfect registry, the key is to focus on the essentials that fit your lifestyle.

To make it easier to find just the right pieces, we’ve highlighted some top picks from our friends at Macy’s. (With exciting perks and thousands of items, Macy’s “I Do” Wedding & Gift Registry is one of Honeyfund couples’ favorite registries!)

When you find your faves and add them to your Macy’s Registry, you can link the whole list right your Honeyfund!

Hotel Collection Bath TowelsHotel Collection Ultimate MicroCotton Bath Towel Collection, 100% Cotton

Ahhh, feel blissful — it’s the Hotel Collection Ultimate MicroCotton® bath towel collection in 21 colors of soft and absorbent luxury!

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Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Bakeware Set

Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Bakeware Set

Everything you need to get your bake! Heats up fast, distributes heat evenly, and releases food easily for picture-perfect treats.

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Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 11Pc Cookware SetCalphalon Contemporary Nonstick 11-Pc. Cookware Set

Looking for a gourmet finish? Three layers of hand crafted superior nonstick coating gives durability & easy release. Plus, this 11-piece cookware set is dishwasher-safe for easy clean up.

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French White 10Pc Bakeware SetFrench White 10-Pc. Bakeware Set

Ooh la-la! Everything for a perfect meal. Serve your guests effortlessly with this fluted stoneware 10-piece set. Plastic and glass lids let you take food on the go or store in the fridge or freezer.

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KitchenAid KSM150PS Artisan 5Qt Stand MixerKitchenAid KSM150PS Artisan 5 Qt. Stand Mixer

Prepare up to four loaves of bread, nine dozen cookies or seven pounds of mashed potatoes! This retro style and easy to use KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer comes in dozens of unique colors! Everyone needs a classic mixer! 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty.

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Pyrex 19 Piece Bake Storeand Prep Set with Matching LidsPyrex 19 Piece Bake, Store and Prep Set with Colored Lids

This versatile glass bake ware is perfect for mixing, serving and storing. Use just one dish for prep, presentation and keeping leftovers fresh! Colorful lids make it easy to organize. The key to a spic and span space!

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Chicago Cutlery Insignia Cafe 18Pc Cutlery SetChicago Cutlery Insignia Cafe 18-Pc. Cutlery Set

Every chef needs the right tools. Use a range of professional cutlery to create gourmet meals. Features stainless steel blades & long-lasting sharpness. Quality tools to stay confident and precise.

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The Cellar Acacia Wood Collection Serveware Bowls WoodenThe Cellar Acacia Wood Collection

Love the natural look? Bring wood to your dinner table. The Cellar’s Acacia Wood collection of serving dishes features beautifully carved shapes and textures to give a touch of the outdoors to every meal.

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Marth aStewart Collection Collectors EnameledCastIron 6Qt Round CasseroleMartha Stewart Collection Collector’s Enameled Cast Iron 6 Qt. Round Casserole

Perfect for baking casseroles, browning meats and much, much more. Heats evenly, locking moisture in to slow-cooked stews and braised roasts. Generous sized handles for a secure, confident grip and easy serving.

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Fiesta 4-Piece Place SettingFiesta 4-Piece Place Setting

Casual quality dinnerware at the right price! Durable for everyday use; versatile for entertaining at home. Add flair of color to your kitchen. Comes in a bunch of fun colors!

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katespadenewyork Dinnerware Wickfordkate spade new york Dinnerware, Wickford Dinnerware Collection

Timeless and contemporary. Embossed with a twisting rope design. Mix and match with Sandpiper and Sea Cliffs dinnerware for a dinnerware collection to last for years to come.

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Nina NJ600 Professional BlenderNinja NJ600 Professional Blender

It’s quick. It’s sleek. It’s the Ninja Blender! High powered to get the day started right. Make your nutrient-packed smoothies, delicious beverages and a variety of meals easily. 1 year warranty. A cornerstone of many people’s kitchen — get yours today!

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Don’t forget these awesome Macy’s Perks:

  • You’ll receive 10% off remaining registry items for 90 days post-wedding.
  • Two years after the wedding date your registry will stay active.
  • Register a Macy’s credit card, and you’ll be eligible for the Registry Star Rewards program. For everything you buy with your card, you’ll receive 10% of the purchase price in rewards dollars to spend on anything at Macy’s; for everything your guests buy off the registry, you’ll receive 5% of the purchase price in rewards dollars. It’s a win-win!

Sign up for your Macy’s “I Do” Wedding & Gift Registry and link to your Honeyfund account today.

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