Wedding Wednesday: Donations Instead of Favors

Will your guests leave your wedding with a favor at the end of the night? Jason and I did CD's of our favorite music, which is now funny for me to listen to, and unfortunately we still have a pile of extra ones in a box in our garage.

Sometimes favors can be fun, but after going to so many weddings, I often see favors left by the plates of many guests at the end of the night. Not everyone wants a heart-shaped wine stopper or a CD of indie rock.

More and more couples are foregoing favors altogether opting to make a donation to their favorite charity in honor of their guests instead. Don't get me wrong, I love getting a little box of chocolates and picture frame coasters, I'm not totally anti-favor, but here are a few reasons to consider doing a charitable donation.

1. Show you guests what is important to you as a couple. Your wedding is a great time to let your friends and family know what you love and support as a couple. This is a great way to start off your marriage by sharing the love!
2. Don't waste your money on something that'll be left on the table. Lets be realistic, even if your guests do take home whatever favor you choose to give, is it really going to be life changing for them? Consider that the same amount of money could buy a meal for someone, or a book, or a mosquito net and drastically impact someone's life.
3. Advertising for your favorite charity. On top of everything else, this is a great way for you to share your favorite cause with the people you love. In doing so, you might get others to champion the cause as well!

PS. If you're looking for an organization to support, there's always the one that is dear to my heart, Construction for Change!

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