You want to make your special day truly memorable for family and friends. Of course. Undoubtedly you are planning a ceremony after which your guests will go home celebrating your marriage, sharing in your joy and your hopes for the future. Many couples struggle with what to give their guests as a keepsake or a memento of the wedding. Small floral arrangements, candles, or chocolate are common as wedding favors.
If you want to make an uncommon impression on your guests, consider giving a donation to charity in the name of each of your guests. Beside their place cards, you could include a small envelope with a meaningful message of thanks signed by you and your spouse, and a tax receipt in their name. From this gesture, your guests are given a gift that could not be more personal. They know that you’ve chosen to support something you believe in, and that you’ve included them in your plans.
At weddings, a couple begins a new life together. Traditionally, they will start a home and (maybe) a new family. On this day of celebrating love, family, friends and home, why not consider making a gift to an organization like the UN Refugee Agency as a wedding favor to your guests? Through the UN Refugee Agency, for example, your gift can be put towards giving a refugee a place to call home as you build your home together.
Along with giving your guests a wonderful experience at your wedding, a gift like this also leaves them with the knowledge that you are making the world a better place as a couple. What a tremendous way to make an uncommon impression on your guests.
Of course, many couples are marrying later, sometimes after years of living together. Perhaps you and your spouse-to-be already have a home together? You know that many of the home-making gifts that your guests will want to give already reside in your cupboard. Why not add charity to your registry? Give your guests the chance to celebrate your wedding by supporting your favorite charity rather than buying you a second coffee maker or food processor.
There are so many choices and decision to be made when you plan your wedding. Adding a charity to your list is an easy way to help you make your day a day of celebration for you, your guests, and the broader community in which we all live.