Thursday, June 12, 2008

Going to the Chapel

I don't know a lot of folks getting married or burying themselves deep in their wedding planning these days.

If I did, I would tell them about this new organization I just learned about today: it's called I Do Foundation. With the tagline, Celebrate Generously, I Do Foundation makes it easy for brides and grooms (and their guests) to give to their favorite charity in honor of their wedding day.

Right now, brides and grooms creating bridal registries with Target,, REI, or Linens and Things, can give up to 10% of the purchase price of gifts bought off their registries to the charity of their choice.

How cool is that?!

I understand that giving is supposed to be a sacrifice and should teach us something real about the nature of giving and maybe even ourselves. But I also like it when companies find unique ways of giving that allow us to feel good about shopping with them.

So, if you have friends or families planning their weddings right now, let them know about this easy way to turn their wedding into a gala fundraiser for their favorite charity.


Kel said...

that's a great idea...thanks for the post to let us know it's out there. I'll definitely pass it on.

Aleta said...

Thank you so much for sharing this and right in time ~ Greg and I are engaged. I'm going to share this idea with him!

Leah said...

That's a great idea! I used my favors as a donation. I made a donation to St. Jude's Hospital for Children (much more than I would have spent on regular favors, actually) and they printed our requested number (lots of extras, too) of bookmarks with our name, date, and an explanation of what we had done. I stamped them with hearts in our wedding colors and threaded ribbon through them to make them match, and that was it. It felt good, a bookmark is still quite useable for a guest, and I didn't have to be annoyed at wasted money when so many people didn't take the momento with them, because my money had gone to serve a much better purpose.

It also created a fun memory in that when I was punching holes for the ribbon, I realized that we had received several bookmarks with another couple's names and date! Minor freak out later, we discovered that it wasn't very many and we still had more than enough of our own. But, we were able to say a prayer for that couple on their wedding day. :)

Dawn said...

Leah! How neat! And how thoughtful of you to think of that other couple and they had no idea. : )