Wedding favors. Oh, how the topic can be such a source of discussion. You will find all sorts of threads at WeddingBee or TheKnot discussing the pros and cons of doing wedding favors. To some, it’s a tradition that should be kept. To others, it’s a waste of money. But to some? It’s an easy opportunity to give back.
Giving part of the wedding budget over to charity is becoming a trend. At the most basic level, it works by giving a donation to your favorite charity or charities and then giving your guests a small card which says you, the couple, have given a donation to charity instead of (or in lieu of) a traditional wedding favor. Because of this growing trend, the opportunities are endless should you want to make a charitable donation in lieu of a favor.
Love the environment? Want to help the poor? Read about real couples’ wedding favors for a cause here.
Lucky in Love made the process personal with her DIY “cast your vote” favors:
(photo credit: Lucky in Love)
The opportunities are endless! Simply Google “wedding favors for a cause” or browse the WeddingBee threads, and you’ll come up with a ton of ideas. Remember that just because you don’t see something you particularly like doesn’t mean it can’t be done. All not-for-profits would gladly welcome your donation to their cause and will assist you in making your favors memorable. Contact your local humane society or homeless shelter, explain what you are looking to do, and ask if it would be okay to place their name and website on wedding favor cards.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you are doing it because you want to do it and not because it’s a new “trend” you feel obligated to follow. The wedding day should be a genuine celebration of who you are. If you want to give traditional favors–do it! If you want to make a donation to a charity–do it! If you want to scrap the favors altogether–do it! Whatever you do, do it for you and make it personal. Your guests will appreciate a thoughtful, honest gift.