July 9, 2009

Share the Love On Your Big Day

If you're planning your wedding, consider making event choices that will help others. By incorporating charitable giving into your big day, you can continue to share your love with the world long after you dance the last dance at your reception. Here are just a few ways that you can pay it forward:

1. Buy invitations from stationery designers who donate a portion of their proceeds to a charity. Bonnie Marcus Collection, for example, has a variety of stylish invitations for rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. The company donates a portion of each sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

2. Purchase your dress from a charity based sale. The Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation hosts a variety of Brides Against Breast Cancer bridal gown events nationwide. Most gown prices range from $99 to $799, including hundreds of beautiful new designer gowns valued up to $8,000. More than half the gowns presented at the sales are new designer dresses, straight from the designer. The proceeds from the sales help the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation grant wishes for terminally ill cancer patients. Click here for a calendar of sale events.

3. Finally, instead of giving your guests favors at the reception, make a donation to your favorite charity in their honor. Then, place a small card at each place setting explaining your reasoning behind choosing that particular charity.

* Bridal attire invitation by Bonnie Marcus Collection available at FineStationery.com

** Charitable favor card via The Knot.