From your venue to your vows, your wedding is a unique opportunity for you and your partner to express everything that makes your relationship special. With so many amazing charities and causes, it’s no surprise that couples are finding ways to give back amid the flurry of wedding planning.
1. Donate Your Wedding Goods
Talk to your vendors about what can be done with leftover material and or if they know where you can donate extra supplies. You can donate leftover food to your local food bank. Your caterer will likely be able to tell you what types of food will be accepted.
2. Consider donating your wedding dress through Brides for a Cause.
Here is list to get you started, though there are countless similar charities to choose from!
3. Opt for Charitable Bridesmaid Outings
Giving back is a great bonding opportunity, and, depending on where you live there are many ways to donate your time for charity. Ask your bridesmaids if they’d be up for spending time together working in a community garden or soup kitchen. If you live in Cyprus where there are fewer structured charity opportunities, why not create your own bridesmaid/ groomsmen marathon and fundraise from friends and colleagues for a charity of your choosing?
4. Donate to Charity in Lieu of Favors
You can forego treats and donate to a charity that means something to you as a couple. Put a prominent sign on a table or put a note on each guest’s place setting saying a donation has been made in their name. I have assembled list of charities below. If you would like to suggest one yourself, please comment below or send me a message!
5. Make it Local
Planning a wedding is the perfect time to support small businesses in your local area or wherever you’re getting married. Since so much money goes into wedding planning, think of how nice it would be to put some of those funds towards a business that works hard to offer a great service to their community, while making a living.
– Go local for favors
– Use a small print shop
– Shop gifts from local businesses
– Hire local musicians
– Tag your local vendors on Social Media
– And write glowing reviews to help other couples make it local too!
6. Volunteer during a portion of your honeymoon
Spending even the smallest part of your trip helping others can be so rewarding. From helping build schools in Vietnam or walk with lions as you support a breeding-and-release lion programme in Africa. You can visit Habitat for Humanity (https://www.habitat.org/) and Honeymoon Volunteers (http://www.honeymoonvolunteers.com/) for more information!