In Lieu of Favors | Organizations for a Truly Charitable Wedding

Generosity overflows in the time leading up to a wedding.  From engagement gifts to bridal showers, plane tickets and hotel stays…and of course the actual wedding gift.  With all of this love surrounding you, why not share the wealth and offer the chance to give back!  Here are some of our favorite wedding charities to consider “in lieu of favors”.

Wish Upon A Wedding

Fundraiser to benefit Wish Upon a Wedding

Wish Upon a Wedding teams up with wedding professionals to help couples in need celebrate the love they deserve.  Donations to the cause can be done in many different ways:  individuals can donate wedding dresses and accessories, provide services, give professional expertise and even hold fundraisers to raise money for couples in need of a wedding wish.  This project benefits couples with life-threatening illnesses or life-altering circumstances and helps them celebrate their union when they may otherwise not be able to do so. 

The Good Beginning by Beth Helmstetter Events

This is our go to “online registry for donating to charitable causes throughout the world.  A place where couples begin their marriage by doing good”.  And what could be better than that?! Create your own registry by choosing some of their featured charities or add your own choices if you don’t see it already listed.  The links to the charities will be embedded to your wedding website for your guests to easily donate. Donations are tracked as they come in, so it is easy for you to say “Thank You” to your loved ones!

ReBloom Flowers

Don’t let those wedding flowers go to waste!  Donate your gently used wedding flowers to ReBloom and know that they will go to a good cause.  ReBLOOM is Canada’s first floral recycler and composter since 2016. Innovators in repurposing event flowers, converting them into little bouquets of happiness for charity. ReBLOOM’s mission is to bring joy to those less fortunate in local communities and to reduce environmental waste by composting the florals after they have been enjoyed. They currently deliver flowers to over 25 charitable partners. 

One Hope Wines

The best wedding favors to give your guests are the ones that give back.  “ONEHOPE creates delightful products that inspire people to indulge and do good”. From their award winning wines, to fair trade coffee and beautiful gift boxes, every gift purchased for your guests is making an impact in the world.  Go to their “Impact to Date” page and see all of the difference One Hope is making! 

Feeding America

When the dance floor is empty and everyone has had their final toast of the night….what do you do with all of the left over food?  Donate it to Feeding America!  In America, we have enough food to feed every man, woman and child, yet 72 billion pounds of safe, edible food goes to waste each year. In fact, an estimated 25 – 40 percent of food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. will never be consumed. And more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste. Send your leftovers to a good cause and help people have a hot meal after your festivities are over. 

The Glass Slipper Project

No matter how good your intentions are and how much thought you put into the bridesmaids’ dresses, you KNOW your tribe will most likely never wear those gowns again!  Rather than letting them hang in a closet, donate your bridesmaid dresses, accessories, shoes and jewelry to Glass Slipper Project and make someone’s prom truly special.  To date, Glass Slipper Project ® has helped “20,000 young women attend their proms in style! The dresses, jewelry and accessories are distributed at “boutiques” each prom season, where each student receives individual assistance from a volunteer “personal shopper” as she shops for the dress of her dreams.”