We have all been to those weddings where you receive a completely useless favor as you head out of the door. Sure, candy, matches, koozies, etc., etc. can make for very cute gifts, but they are definitely not for every bride or every wedding. If you are looking for something that stands out and will be remembered for the difference it made, then charity favors are a great choice. Your guests will never miss the fact that you did not present them with a favor they will never look at again and the joy of donating can be shared by you and your guests. There are so many amazing charities out there, why not use your wedding day to share your love with those in need? If you are wondering, “what are my options?” or “where can I find something like this?” don’t worry! Oh-Brides has the scoop.
What are charity favors?
Charity favors are donations made in honor of your guests in lieu of the usual gifts you might pass out at the end of the wedding. You can choose to give your guests gift cards that are preset with a certain sum to donate to their favorite charity, you can buy gifts for your guests where the proceeds benefit the charity of your choice or you can register with an online website that allows guests to donate to collective fund that will be donated in full. Depending on what you are looking for, any of these options can be a phenomenal choice.
How to choose a charity and the gift style?
Trying to decide between so many amazing charities can be very difficult, especially when there are so many people in need and so many great causes. When deciding, try to think of a cause that is close to your heart or that has influenced you or those that you hold dear — perhaps cancer has been a prominent illness in your family or a close friend suffers from Parkinson’s disease. If you still struggle to decide, leaving the decision to your guests with the gift card option may be the best choice for you. Just remember that no matter what charity you decide upon that your wedding day has helped change the life of someone in a small way.
How to explain the gift to your guests?
Depending on the method you choose, explaining the favor to your guests can range from including the information with the invitation or the thank you cards to attaching a small note with each gift card. If the charity you decide upon is especially important to you and your hubby, a note at each table or a small speech at the end of the evening will also do the job. Be creative! No matter how you explain your decision, your guests will love this philanthropic favor.
Where can I find something like this?
A simple Google search for “charity favors” will produce thousands of options for you and your groom. Some of our favorites are:
*Truffles for a Cause — This great website offers amazing chocolates for you to purchase as favors. A portion of the proceeds goes to the charity of your choice. What’s not to love? Chocolate and a good cause! For more information, check out their website here.
*Charity Gift Certificates — With over 250 charities to choose from, Charity Gift Certificates is a great option if you like ideas of the gift card. Here you can either select the charity you wish all donations to go to or you can leave the decision up to your guests. See why we love this organization by clicking here to view their website.
*The Hope Shop — The Hope Shop is run by The American Cancer Society. Here you purchase custom scrolls to place at each guests seat to inform them that a donation has been made to The American Cancer Society. This allows you to make a great donation and automatically solves the problem of explaining the donation to your guests. Find out more here.
*I Do Foundation — The I Do Foundation not only offers charity gift cards, but charity registries. If a charity registry is for you, there are two options: 1) You can pick one of their partner stores. For each gift that is bought from your registry, a 5% donation is made to the charity of your choice or 2) Donations in your name. With this option, instead of asking guests for wedding gifts, you request that they use this site to donate to the charity of their or your choice. To find out more, click here.
Of course, these are only a few of the many great organizations and charities sites that exist. If charity favors are for you, take the time to explore your options. Your love can make a difference too.
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