Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Charitable Wedding Favors

Searching for a fabulous wedding favor? From candle to wine and bar favors, there are so many to choose from in a variety of price ranges. Your guests get to walk away from your wedding with a small token of appreciation from you. But have you considered letting your guests go home empty handed? Many couples are turning towards donating to a charitable organization in lieu of a wedding favor or in combination with a small favor. Some organizations will offer table cards or favor cards with a minimum donation. The donation may also be tax deductible (see individual charities for specifications).

Below are a few popular choices for charitable giving:

Pink Envelope Project
Make a pink envelope donation on behalf of your wedding guests. A donation of $100 or more on behalf of your wedding guests will help grant wishes to people who have been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. With your donation, you will receive favor cards explaining the donation that may be passed out at reception or placed at table settings for guests to read. Most brides donate $3 to $10 per guest.

American Diabetes Association
The funds donated will help The American Diabetes Association fund research, information programs, and advocacy efforts that support the nearly 26 million children and adults with diabetes, and the 79 million with prediabetes. Complimentary invitation cards and personalized table tent cards, scrolls or bookmarks are given on a donation over $200. It is suggested donations range from $2-$5 per person.

Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Through donations, Make-A-Wish Foundation is able to grant wishes for children undergoing difficult medical treatments and create a positive force that helps them overcome their obstacles. After making your donation, you will receive an electronic copy of the printable certificates – may be printed in black and white or color.

Special Olympics
To give people with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to participate in their communities, develop belief in themselves, and feel like champions. A donation helps more to participate. With a donation of $2 per person, you receive a favor card for each guest with the logo for Special Olympics and a message inside that reads, "On this special occasion, a generous donation has been made to Special Olympics in your honor."

American Heart Association
Donations support research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk of Heart Disease. With a donation, you will receive cards or scrolls that can be placed at each table setting. The cards or scrolls can be personalized to honor the memory of a loved one along with the names of the bride and groom and wedding date. Couples may also create a Tribute Page and ask guests to make a donation to the American Heart Association in lieu of a wedding gift.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. To donate, purchase 4" x 5" personalized commemorative place cards for each of your guests. The cards are $3 each, and all proceeds go directly to LLS. Card is available in white or ivory with LLS logo and mission printed, along with your choice of wording.

There are sites, such as idofoundation.org, that let you choose the charity of choice. Then print DIY table cards, favor cards or invitaiton inserts for your reception; or check with your wedding invitation stationer for ideas - they may have pre-printed announcements you may wish to consider or can help you create your own design and message to compliment your wedding stationery.

Have a charity close to your heart that you think other brides may wish to consider? Email us.

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