The idea of taking one of life’s most extravagant events and using it to help others is fairly new. Couples are beginning to realize they can have a special and wonderful wedding day, while contributing to the community or the planet. Below you will find a few simple ideas that make a huge impact.
Wedding invitations are a must. While you cannot eliminate the invitations, you can opt for invitations printed on recycled paper. The higher the content of recycled paper, the better. The paper is beautiful and the quality untouched. It is estimated that one ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce for groups who will accept your used invitations, and turn them into beautiful greeting cards to send to patients, soldiers, and senior citizens.
Plumfund is a crowdfunding site that allows you to collect donations from your wedding guests in lieu of gifts. You designate the charity or family the donations will benefit. This is the perfect program to help someone in need, and since it is all done electronically, there is no waste of gifts, cards, wrappings, and shipping expense. Best of all, Plumfund is free to set-up and they do not charge your guests fees.
Instead of the traditional wedding cake, opt for a beautiful candy buffet. A candy buffet is stylish and carries a “Wow” factor! Instead of hiring expensive servers (and services to clean-up), set up a candy buffet, using candy to match the colors of your wedding. Inexpensive (recycled) gift bags or boxes allow your guests to take candy with them. Sweetservices.com is the place to go for bulk candy, specials, and inspiration. They also have specialty candies for designer selections.
Do not forget to check with your local post office before purchasing postage stamps. Often the postal service will have special stamps that donate a portion of the costs to charity.
As you can see, there are many ways to make minor and selfless changes in your wedding that will help other people. These changes do not affect the beauty or sentiment of your day. However, it feels great knowing your wedding day changed the life of someone else.
Wendy Dessler: Super-Connector at OutreachMama
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