Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wedding Favors: Charitable Donations

When selecting a wedding favor, some couples will choose to donate money in the names of their guests or in memory of a family member to a charitable organization close to their hearts.

There aren't any rules when it comes to these types of favors, but here are some of my guidelines:

1. You can donate any amount of money. No one has to know how much you have donated to a charity -- except the IRS if you are writing the donation off as a tax deduction.

2. You don't have to give a specific amount per guest. Some couples give $1 or $2 per person, but if you have 250 guests, $500 may not be in your budget. The charity you choose will accept any amount you decide to give.

3. You can donate to more than one charity. Both you and your fiancé can each pick an organization.

4. Think of a creative way to tell your guests about your charitable donation. You can print the information on your program or create a tag to attach to a second favor, or ask the organization if they can supply you with, or make your own, donation cards.

If you're not sure of which charity to choose, visit I Do Foundation. They have a list of charities based on different themes -- health, hunger, children, social justice -- to help you decide. They also have donation cards that you can give to your guests.


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