Family & Relationships Why Couples Choose A Charity Registry Instead of Wedding Gifts
Should You Ever Go Paperless For Your Wedding Invite?
When an envelope made of fancy paper stock shows up in your mailbox, you know what's coming your way. Mailing out wedding invites is an essential stage of wedding prep, serving as a prelude to the ceremony and all the festivities that will ensue.However, like the many other things that are going the paperless route, email wedding invitations are gaining popularity. Economically, we can understand the shift; sending digital invites is a much cheaper and convenient way to notify people of your big day.
Traditionally, weddings themselves and the months leading up to them are bursting with generosity. There are engagement parties and ; people spend hundreds on and ; friends and family members offer their time, support, and energy. So, in this time of great giving, what better time to give back?
Whether you make a donation to a cause in place ofor ask your guests to invest in a charity instead of a crock pot, a little selflessness can go a long way for many non-profits—and experts say the practice is becoming more and more popular for .
Yes, You Can Split Wedding Gifts — But Here's How You Should Do It
Wondering if the bride and groom will find you tacky if you split the cost of a wedding gift with someone? Here's what wedding planners have to say about it.If you're invited to a wedding, it's generally expected that you'll bring a gift. But the world of wedding gift shopping can be treacherous terrain to navigate.
Why? Lizzy Ellingson, co-founder and chief creative officer of, explained to Brides where this spike in charitable registries came from.
"Millennials areand getting married later in life," she says. The material needs of a 21-year-old just starting out are different from a couple of 30-somethings who have already been living together.
Additionally, "Crowdfunding has exploded in popularity over the past 10 years growing at 26 percent a year. Based on proprietary research, Blueprint Registry estimates that cash gifting and personal crowdfunding will exceed $33.5 billion by 2021," Ellingson says. She expects this to heavily impact wedding registry trends, as well—her company has already seen this shift start to happen.
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Little acts of kindness that go a long way.When I was planning my own wedding, I found it super helpful—turns out, I appreciate physical touch in the form of de-stressing facials and great massages. And my husband? He appreciated words of affirmation, especially when things got a little nutty. Check out which languages ones “speak” to you and your crew’s personalities the most, and get ready to spread some major love all around.
"At Blueprint Registry," she continues, "70 percent of couples register for at least one cash gift like a honeymoon plane ticket or contributions to help with remodeling a kitchen. We still see couples register for both physical and cash gifts, we just see more couples register for cash who may not have registered for any cash gifts five years ago."
The increase in popularity for cash registries demonstrates that even for "the couple who has everything," there is a way for guests to celebrate the union with a gift. It's also a good option to help ease the financial burden for guests who might already find it challenging to accommodate the(think destination weddings and multi-day celebrations). Just like with any crowdfunding, there's security in numbers—each individual doesn't feel obligated to fork over the same amount they might for a more traditional, high-quality registry item, and that's fine.
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Learn about the custom scent for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming royal wedding.That's right. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day is now even further customized with it's own special wedding perfume. The couple is set to receive their own custom scent from perfume icon, Floris London, just for the occasion. Amalia Robles, the manager of Floris’s Jermyn Street store in London, revealed to People that the perfume is similar to the brand’s Bergamotto di Positano perfume.
Blueprint found that while the average fundraising goal for charitable registries is just under $900, and the average amount raised is a little less than half of that. An idea for couples who want to keep their guests motivated to give more: if your budget allows, agree to match their donations up to a certain amount. You'll do good for the community and the world, plus you'll get an even bigger tax write-off.
You can also think small if you'd like. A charitable registry—or swapping out wedding favors to donate money in your guests' names—can have a more local impact, too. Blueprint Registry offers an option to create a cash registry for local charities as well, which has become the most common choice among couples on the site.
Choosing which organization will be gifted with your support can be overwhelming—but with so many worthy causes, you can't go wrong choosing something personal to you and your fiancé. A couple who hasdue to a certain illness might donate to research efforts around that illness; if they rescued a pet together they might donate to a charity that aids animals in need. This is just another way to while giving back. Whatever you choose, know that you're making a difference by paying all that wedding generosity forward.
What Is a Hatchelorette and Why Should You Have One?
Mamas-to-be, you're going to LOVE this idea.The baby shower: probably the least exciting 'shower' you'll have. Like a bridal shower or wedding shower, it's basically just another social gathering where your family and friends watch you open gifts you picked out yourself. But this time, most of the gifts aren't even for you, and most of them involve potty-training cleanup. Fun! And while you can't exactly liven up the fiesta with booze, there are other alternatives to the traditional baby shower. Enter: the hatchelorette.
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Here are 10 charities doing innovative and important work across the country to consider donating to in lieu of wedding favors or gifts.
Keep the party going with a donation to this group that hosts birthday parties—complete with presents, cake, decorations and games—for homeless children living in shelters or transitional housing across the country. Last year, the group's volunteers threw more than 180 bashes, and with additional donations and new partnerships with brands like the super yummyand others, The Birthday Party Project aims to host at least 371 in 2016.
This growing group of volunteer pilots, drivers, and animal rescue workers transport animals at risk of being euthanized (typically at high kill shelters) to areas where they are more likely to be adopted—while they are taken care of in foster homes. Founded in 2015 by a pilot, the non-profit is based in southeastern Pennsylvania and currently pays the $300 to $500 cost of each transport out of pocket. With a little more funding, the group plans to outfit its own dedicated aircraft specifically designed to transport furry friends.
Why Weddings Make People Feel Like They Have To Lose Weight
<p>A 2008 study from Cornell University found that most engaged women envisioned an ideal "wedding weight" that was, on average, 23 pounds lighter than their current weight.</p>In fact, a 2008 study from Cornell University found that most engaged women (70% of the study's participants) envisioned an ideal "wedding weight" that was, on average, 23 pounds lighter than their current weight.
Spread the love from your wedding to a couple in need through this organization—which funds weddings and vow-renewal celebrations for couples facing serious illness or other life-altering circumstances. Brides and grooms as well as husbands and wives battling terminal cancer, cystic fibrosis, and other obstacles benefit from the charity's work and partnerships with wedding and event industry pros in chapters across the country. In addition to monetary contributions, brides can give a little extra by donating their wedding gown as well.
One in 10 people around the world don't have access to clean water. This tech-savvy group works with local partners in places like Africa, Asia, and South America, and it puts 100 percent of public donations toward sustainable solutions as well as education about the crisis. Completed projects include the installation of new water pumps, safer wells, filtration systems, and other infrastructure geared towards cleaner water for all.
You can add a charitable donation to this global job-creating organization right onto your registry using The Adventure Project's online tools. And to keep the home-making registry theme going, the current targeted donation program gifts a stove that protects a family in need in places like Uganda or India from breathing in the toxic smoke of an open flame. Other featured programs tackle hunger, health, water, and the environment.
Created by wedding planner Beth Helmstetter, this online registry allows couples to research, choose, and embed a link requesting donations for a variety of local, national and international charities that support everything from human rights to animal welfare to faith-based initiatives right onto their wedding website. Don't see the charity you'd like to donate to on the site's list of causes? Let The Good Beginning know and they can add it.
If You and Your Partner Make Different Salaries, This Study Says You May Be Less Likely to Last
There are a lot of compatibility factors that go into a successful marriage - but a new study suggests that love and hard work may not be the be-all and end-all when it comes to making your marriage last. There are a lot of compatibility factors that go into a successful marriage - but a new study suggests that love and hard work may not be the be-all and end-all when it comes to making your marriage last.
A particularly meaningful pick if you or your fiancé have a grandparent or relative that served in World War II, this non-profit flies elderly or ill veterans to visit war monuments in Washington, D.C. The group is currently in the process of expanding their services to eventually honor veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars as well as World War II.
Plant a tree in each of your guests' honor through the conservation and education organization behind the holiday. Your donations can also help fund specific nature-loving programs like rain forest rescue, outdoor education, or community forestry restoration efforts after natural disasters.
The idea behind this well-known charity group is to help hungry and poverty-stricken communities become self-reliant through the donation of animals, farming supplies, or small business support. Encourage guests to help you donate a goat, a water buffalo, or a whole "gift ark" to communities in South America, Asia, Africa, or Europe, and you'll receive updates on how your contribution is making a difference.
Music lovers? Painting enthusiasts? This group provides funding and resources to community arts education organizations across the United States that can help kids and adults follow those same passions. With a focus on key initiatives like after school youth programming and arts opportunities for the elderly, the New York-based Guild has a wide reach that any wedding guest can get behind.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Think This Wedding Tradition Is 'Very Important' .
Like many other couples. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be upholding one superstitious wedding tradition regarding the wedding dress.On Friday, People reported that Kensington Palace confirmed Harry will see Meghan in her wedding dress for the first time with the rest of us: when she walks down the aisle.
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