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Charitable Weddings

Planning a Wedding or Commitment Ceremony? Think about Incorporating Your Favorite Charity.

Planning a wedding or commitment ceremony? Many nonprofits encourage couples to think about incorporating their favorite charity into their receptions or gifts.

The Washington Post is reporting that Kate and William have one request for their royal wedding: no gifts, please. They are asking their guests to donate money to one of the 26 organizations they selected, in lieu of giving them material gifts. How many Kitchen-Aid mixers can one royal family have, anyway?

Of course, you don’t have to be a royal to use your wedding as a chance to raise some money for your favorite organization. One local couple, Katie and Kyle Gilpin, used their 2010 wedding as a chance to raise money for Stone Belt, an organization that provides support to people with development disabilities. Rather than spending money on party favors, the Gilpins made a donation to Stone Belt on behalf of their loved ones. Stone Belt then created custom table tents that explained the donation—and lack of favors—to their guests. According to the Gilpins, their guests responded well to the unique idea. Read more about it here.

Did you incorporate charitable gifts into your wedding planning? Tell us about it in the comments.

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