Saturday, January 29, 2011

A little love goes a long way

If you are or have ever planned a wedding, you are well aware of how much money a wedding costs. It's really quite ridiculous and sometimes it feels so unnecessary and super selfish. I am currently working on a LLM (Masters of Law) in International Criminal Law at the University of Amsterdam, so I spend my days reading about the most horrendous crimes on earth (ie. mass rape, genocide, torture, etc). After hours of that, I feel so silly spending hours looking at wedding porn! I totally need the escape but end up feeling crazy guilty.

The more I thought about it the more I realized there has to be some way to have my wedding and eat it, to speak. I know that a lot of people donate money on behalf of their guests in lieu of favors, which I think is great! On the other hand, why take the money from your guests when you can take it from corporations ;) Here's some of the great organizations I found that totally make that possible:


On I Do Foundation, you can raise money for charity simply by registering with one of their partner stores. Up to 10% of guests' gift purchases from these partner stores will be donated to your selected charity. These donations are made at no additional cost to you or your guests.
In addition to a charity registry you can shop from select stores which will give back a certain amount of their proceeds to charity! Additionally, they have partnered with Traveler's Joy to give back 3% of whatever you raise for your honeymoon!


Brilliant earth is an amazing company with a strong moral compass. They have a three pronged mission focused on: providing quality products from pure sources, encouraging change in local communities affected by the industry and promoting growth by donating 5% of their proceeds to help communities who have suffered from unethical practices in the jewelry industry.

{Baking for Good}
Baking for Good is dedicated to providing high quality, irresistible treats that are perfect for any occasion. Moreover, they're committed to helping great causes raise money for things that matter. That’s why 15% of every purchase goes to the cause of your choice!

The Bridal Garden is New York City's only not for profit bridal boutique. They sell gently used dresses at up to 75% off the original prices and all proceeds go towards education programs for children in the city!

It makes me epically happy to know that I can use my wedding to help others. What have I missed?? What are the options available in your community??

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