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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.
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.
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.