October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This serves as a reminder that there are several ways to incorporate a charitable cause into your wedding day!
A common way to do this is to make a donation on behalf of you and your fiance to the charity of your choice. Many couples choose to do this in lieu of providing their guests with wedding gifts/favors. Instead of gifts, small placecards are put on the table describing your donation. A sample might read, "Kevin & Laura have made a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation instead of the usual wedding favors." Sometimes donations are given in memory or honor of loved ones who may be afflicted or have fell victim to conditions such as cancer. This sample may read, "In memory of Grandpa Joe & Aunt Marie, a donation has been made to the American Cancer Society."
It is not typical to ask your guests for donations at your wedding; you may not want to catch them off-guard or make them feel obligated. But many websites actually allow you to add charitable organizations to your gift registry for your guests to donate. You could also add something to the placecard like "To make a donation by visiting www.cancer.org." Making a donation to a charitable cause is really a great way to have your wedding make a difference, and to raise awareness about something that you believe in.
There are of course, countless charities that you can select. Sites such as Charity.com and JustGive.org give you access to a list of many charities that may be a perfect fit for you and your wedding.
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Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 5 consecutive years, 2010-2014, and was currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached