May 28, 2014
Speaking of philanthropic registry items, this is a hot trend that I hope sticks around forever! You can ask your friends and families to support an organization or cause that you really believe in rather than buying you a crazy kitchen gizmo. The I Do Foundation is an amazing resource. You can utilize the Charity Registry to solicit donations for your favorite causes, and there are tips on eco-conscious and charitable vendors and great DIY ideas. Seriously, check it out!
Arizona Weddings Blog
May 12, 2014
I Do Foundation was founded in 2002 by a group of nonprofit leaders to link engaged couples with charitable choices for their wedding. By working closely with corporate and nonprofit partners, they’ve established a host of ways for couples to celebrate generously™. www.idofoundation.org
May 6, 2014
When you are a Prince and Dutchess, somehow Crate and Barrell just doesn’t cut it. Srrrrsly. The royal duo opted to have donations in lieu of wedding gifts, and from that a charity was born. If you’re in the boat of “There’s really not much I need”, consider donations as an option. It’s a feel good all around. If this route is up your alley, there are some great websites out there to help facilitate charitable giving. Check out the “I Do Foundation” or “Just Give” for more information!
May 1, 2014
Some of the newest trends include home decorating items, organizational supplies, outdoor entertaining, recreational products, and gift certificates for travel or experience gifts. Gourmet kitchen supplies, food and wine are popular. High-end linens are often requested, as are electronics, gaming systems, movies and CDs. In addition, today's wedding couples love to give back and are actively seeking out ways for their incoming gifts to have an impact on the issues that are important to them. The "I Do Foundation" allows guests to give money to your chosen charities instead of to you, and other registries offer to give a percentage of each guest's purchase to your chosen organization.
May 1, 2014
Do you ever feel like the luckiest person in the world for having found your soul mate? Do you feel like your good fortune creates a cosmic imbalance and you just need to give something back to make it right? If you answered a resounding, "Yes!", read on. Here are four great ways to restore the balance and create good karma for your marriage.
May 1, 2014
Here are the top 10 things you should actually register for. Maybe the church that you are getting married in means a lot to you and you’d like to give back. Perhaps your mom conquered ovarian cancer and you’d like to use this opportunity to contribute. Maybe you met your mate working for the Peace Corps and accessible water is a cause you both deeply believe in. Whatever the cause, Just Give & The I Do Foundation can help.
April 30, 2014
I Do Foundation, for the couple with hearts of gold and/or that has everything they already need! A charity registry allows you to choose a charity or cause that is near and dear to you and your future betrothed and asks guests to contribute a donation in lieu of gifts. Or, if you can’t afford to offer up all those wedding gifts but still want to raise money for a good cause, you can register for gifts as well along with your charity of choice. The best of both worlds!
Twinlights Wedding Design
April 22, 2014
In honor of Earth Day, let's throw some love to our Mother by offering up some ideas to honor Her on the big day: Celebrate generously. Register online through programs such as the I Do Foundation, where a percentage of gift purchases goes to support a charity of your choice. How cool is that.
April 4, 2014
You can make a donation in the name of your wedding guests and order tent cards to display at your wedding reception. The tent cards announce to guests that you and your spouse donated money to a specific charity instead of spending money on wedding favors. If you send the I Do Foundation your guest list, they'll send you a personalized PDF file you can use to print your own table announcement cards.
April 2, 2014
This is one wedding favor which is sure to be used and appreciated, without producing any waste from packaging! Making a donation to a charity of your choice in the names of your guests is a wonderful green way to give back on your special day and to thank your guests for their support and attendance. Choose a charity that is meaningful to you and your partner and reflects who you are. . . These kinds of donations are extremely easy to make these days with the help of organizations like the I Do Foundation, which has over a million charities to choose from.
Let's Be Fair
March 10, 2014
A great option is to ask that your guests give to a charity in your honor! My husband has a love of pandas so we chose to create a fundraising registry through World Wildlife Federation’s Panda Pages. You can also create a charity registry through the I Do Foundation and Just Give, and have guests donate to multiple organizations like Amnesty International and Children’s Defense Fund.
A Touch of Modern Blog
March 6, 2014
Couples who come to I Do Foundation are looking for ways to give more meaning to their celebration. Many of them tell us they want to feel good about the wedding they’re having and not get caught up in the wedding frenzy. By giving back to charity, they can make their everyday personal values a part of one of the most special days of their life.
March 3, 2014
Want to share your love with the world? Through the I Do Foundation, you can create a gift registry of your favorite charities that are close to your hearts and encourage your guests to donate in lieu of buying a traditional gift.
February 25, 2014
“If you have a family member touched by a health issue or who has passed away, it’s a great way to honor their memory,” notes the I Do Foundation. Other sites like JustGive.org will even help you create charitable wedding favors supporting a community organization or another cause close to your hearts.
February 19, 2014
After Valentine’s Day last friday and the long holiday on monday, I have a sneaky suspicion that maybe a few thousand people got engaged over the long holiday weekend. With all of those newly engaged couples in mind , I heard about the most incredible foundation that “helps couples celebrate generously.” The I Do Foundation is the country’s first wedding-focused nonprofit, that makes charity a part of weddings. How beautiful is that?
February 11, 2014
The I Do Foundation lets you register for charitable donations instead of grapefruit spoons and bath towels. They’ll also make placecards letting guests know you’ve made a donation in their name to use for your wedding favors.
Sassy Chicago Weddings
January 13, 2014
Want to give back to the community? The I Do Foundation allows couples to create a charity that allows guests to contribute to a charitable and great cause (secure online donations directly to the charity)!
Ottowa Wedding Magazine
January 3, 2014
If you really believe in your cause and want to do a charity-focused wedding, then make it your overall theme. The Knot features dozens of themed wedding ideas ranging from traditional to offbeat. You can have a traditional wedding with a charitable wraparound by incorporating benevolent giving into your bridal shower and registry using the I Do Foundation. They make it easy for guests to give to a charity in your name.
January 2, 2014
Some couples simply have enough “stuff” and don’t really want more nor do they want their guests to feel obligated to purchase anything for them. However, some guests really feel compelled to offer a gift of some sort, so why not support a charitable cause that you feel strongly about? The I Do Foundation is an EXCELLENT resource. You can set up a registry here offering an easy way for your guests to celebrate your new life together with the cause of your choice. The website is also full of ideas for ways to be more charitable and eco-consious in all of your wedding planning.
KC Wedding DJ
This past weekend I served as the Master of Ceremonies and wedding DJ for a bride & groom who had their wedding ceremony and reception at Kansas City’s Union Station. Instead of investing in the less than memorable, cliché ridden or even “tossable” wedding favors, they used that portion of their wedding budget to do good things for others through donations to four different charities and in the name of their guests. They gave to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), St. Jude’s Children Hospital, the Noyes Home for Children and a local Kiwanis Club.
Saving up for a house? Some banks have programs that let brides and grooms establish a special account to which guests can give money for a down payment. And couples who have a favorite charity may register with the I Do Foundation (which sends guests' contributions to whichever organizations the couple chooses). If you select one of these alternatives, keep in mind that there will be guests who would prefer to purchase more conventional gifts for you. So it's best to set up a registry with at least one store.
Many second and third marriages begin with much smaller and simpler weddings. First weddings often involve stress and pressure from family members, but second weddings are really about -- gasp! -- the couple. When two full-fledged adults with their own opinions, kids, and even homes make a commitment to each other, it's more about the relationship and less about the party (though that's fun, too).
Marry and Bright
The first subject is a pretty huge part of the wedding industry—registries and gift-giving! While this can be a taboo subject to talk about (people should be giving you gifts out of kindness and not obligation) This is exactly why we want to talk about it with you and hopefully clarify some questions you may have!
A Country Wedding
Weddings are a huge and expensive undertaking and can leave an even bigger footprint on the environment. More and more couples are looking for ways to to host an eco-conscious wedding which can be difficult since weddings are typically associated with hyper-consumption and produce a great deal of waste. Invitations, decorations, food, travel, etc. the list is endless. Unfortunately, many items at a wedding only get used once and are tossed into the landfill. By incorporating any number of these suggestions for an eco-conscious wedding, you’ll be doing your part to sustain the earth while being a role model for others.
Martha Stewart Weddings
Move over, flatware and bone china! Here are 10 under-the-radar luxuries you probably didn't know you could register for—from chic coffee-table decor to quirky kitchen gadgets.
For most brides and grooms, the wedding day is all about them. But it doesn’t always have to be. Along with gifts (or instead of them!), some couples now ask guests to donate funds to a local charity in their honor or make a donation themselves.
Marianne Chua Photography
Here are 5 ways to incorporate charity into your wedding, you don't have to do all 5 together, but even if you did only one, you'd still be helping out others in some way which is great!
When people you love find love, and get married, they deserve a wedding gift as a token of your happiness. Right? Sure. But do they deserve to dictate exactly what you should get for them?
Ask Miss A
Now it’s easy to say “I do” with your favorite charity! The I Do Foundation is the first wedding-focused nonprofit in the nation and their goal is to help engaged couples “celebrate generously™” by incorporating charity into their special day.
As Mom Sees It
Marriage is no longer a young persons game. For men, the average age at their first marriage is almost 29 and the average woman is getting married for the first time is almost 27. The focus on careers and independent lifestyles has become more important, and often necessary. This also means that men and women are much more established and independent before becoming a couple; they’ve their own sets of pots and pans, their own blenders and mixers and their own furniture and entertainment centers.
A great way to give your wedding purpose is to set up a charitable wedding registry. The I DO Foundation is the nation’s first and largest “Wedding Focused” not-for-profit organization. It has helped 75K couples contributing $6.5 million dollars (and counting) to more than over 5500 charitable organizations. Imagine being one of those couples renowned for celebrating for a cause; that’s a wedding no one could ever forget.
Fab You Bliss
When you’re just starting out as a newly married couple, having registered for things you’ll need for your new home together is an important, (and fun), part of the wedding process. But just like the wedding itself, many items you’ll be registering for are better for the environment than others. So I have a list of items you may want to look into putting on your registry in order to carry your green wedding over into your everyday life.
The Pink Bride
I’ve been writing a lot lately about the importance of a personal wedding guest favor, but I’ve not quite given you any ideas as to what I mean by this. In today’s post, I want to give you five of my favorite finds so far when it comes to options for a personal wedding favor. From sentimental and meaningful to favors that truly make an impact on the world we live in, these wedding favors are sure to give your guests amazing conversation pieces and sweet memories when they finally leave your celebration. Read on for my favorite options!
Cat in a Wedding Dress
Let’s face it, Pittsburghers...you are chic. And savvy. And environmentally conscious. So how do those such as yourselves throw one heck of a wedding bash that doesn’t result in excess waste – and yet still looks marvelous? By going green, of course!
With the hefty cost of wedding flowers, food, décor, and a gown, more couples are opting to extend the life of their investment by donating their leftovers to hospitals and nursing homes that can continue to enjoy them long past last call at a reception.
For The Bride
Move over white. Green is the new color for weddings. Today, more and more couples want to minimize their carbon footprint on the environment by including eco-friendly options for their wedding. Want to plan a greener wedding without starting from square one? Here, some tips to make your day a little kinder to Mother Earth.
Rustic Wedding Chic
Think beyond department stores and price scanners and come up with a registry that fits your needs and style (and that won’t leave you with three sets of lemonade spoons and four French presses to squeeze into your apartment). From creative registries such as Merci Registry to charitable ones like I Do Foundation we found some great alternatives.
Marry Me Metro
As I watch the absolute devastation in Shawnee and Moore, Oklahoma, I felt compelled to spread the word about Red Cross donations, the incredible Oklahoma City wedding photographer, Ely Fair Photography who is also helping the tornado disaster relief efforts, and a post a list of links to other ways you can help. After you read this post, at the very least, please share it on your social media, blogs, and via email. Every little bit can make a difference in the lives of others!
The Diamond Dossier
Make your wedding day more meaningful! Share your love and joy by giving to charity. Here are some creative ideas that can help change a life.
If crystal goblets and sterling flatware aren’t your style, and your linen closet simply can’t hold another sheet or tablecloth, take a look at the latest crop of alternatives to traditional retail lists. A honeymoon registry, or one that supports a cause, may well prove to be the best gift of all.
Married in Milwaukee
Incorporating charitable giving at your wedding is a great way to not only celebrate your big day, but to use your wedding for the greater good. And having hundreds of people engaged in your event is a perfect way to engage them in giving back to your community.
Coordinator for a Day
After months of planning, the big day has come and gone. You may have elements from your event that you do not have room to store, but you’re hesitant to simply throw everything away. Below is a list of alternatives to the “keep it or toss it” decision. Why not donate or sell your event wares? This way you can either make a profit or make someone else’s day.
Life in Green
But with minimal effort, you can have a greener wedding that’s also more intimate, natural and beautiful than your cookie-cutter event. Our initial motivation for holding a casual woodsy wedding was to save money, enjoy the outdoors and keep our nuptials meaningful. However, by cutting out excess, my fiancé and I also managed to cut our carbon footprint.
Sometimes it can seem like weddings are all about dressing up, looking glam and getting gifts. But if there’s a cause that’s close to your heart, why not use your nuptials as an excuse to give back? At LovingYou, we’re all about inner beauty, and there’s no better way to make your big day even more meaningful than giving to a worthy cause. Check out our top three ideas for giving back!
Gay Destination Weddings
They say its better to give than to receive, but let’s face it, getting a boatload of gifts on your wedding day makes your special day... just a little more special. For LGBTQ couples, finding the right wedding registry can be quite a quandary. We want to work with retailers who visibly embrace our community while fully supporting marriage equality. No need to fear, there are ample retailers that fit the bill. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
ON TAP FOR TODAY
Look into alternates to traditional registries. One of the most thoughtful wedding gifts we received was a donation to a children’s charity in our names. Nick and I were really moved by that. Sites like I Do Foundation and Just Give allow you to share your favorite causes with family and friends.
A wedding can be a great time to recognize a cause that's significant to the bride and groom. After all, isn't giving back what it's all about? Below, discover 10 creative ways to be charitable at your wedding, from donating leftover flowers to planning a voluntourism trip.
Preston Bailey Bride Ideas
Creating A Charity Registry
Do you have a strong passion for a specific cause? Instead of having a wedding registry, why not ask your guests to bring gifts/money which will be donated to the charity of your choice. I Do Foundation's Charity Registry makes creating such a registry as simple as registering and picking your charity of choice.
I've been working in the wedding industry for the past six years, and I've worked one-on-one with a lot of creative brides. In that time, I've seen some amazing ways to bring meaning to a wedding -- and if I were going to plan another wedding (which, as a divorcée, I may very well, at some point), I'd do several things a little differently.
Registering for wedding gifts can feel like a festival of selfishness – hardly the thing that good marriages are built upon. If you already have an established home, gently suggest that your guests give to your favorite non-profit organizations.
Black Bridal Bliss
One resource we'll be exploring to do this is the I Do Foundation which I recently stumbled upon online. This all-encompassing resource allows couples to give to their desired charities in all their guests names and/or allows their guests to give through the I Do Foundation in lieu of or in addition to a traditional registry gift.
Estate Weddings & Events
It is no surprise that a lot of money goes into weddings. Typically tens of thousands of dollars...all for one day! A lot of the items that you purchased for your wedding will never see the light of day again, and it seems like such a waste! There are some incredible charities and programs out there that would be ever grateful for your wedding castoffs. Here are a few ideas on how your wedding can be a way to give back to your community and the world.
The Life Of The Party
Most couples traditionally ask for new bedding, kitchen supplies, and things for around the house, but this is your chance to get creative and ask for items that aren't so cliché that you really want!
Instead of (or in addition to) a traditional gift registry, raise money for causes you care about by requesting donations to charity as wedding gifts. Start a charity registry with I Do Foundation, and guests can conveniently give online. It's a great way to support an issue close to your heart or fund research for a disease that's affected your friends or family.
Green Bride Guide
At I Do Foundation, we help couples celebrate generously™ and consciously. By “consciously,” we mean thinking carefully about the impact of each choice you make for your wedding.
Oh-Brides Wedding Magazine & Website
We have all been to those weddings where you receive a completely useless favor as you head out of the door. Sure, candy, matches, koozies, etc. can make for very cute gifts, but they are definitely not for every bride or every wedding. If you are looking for something that stands out and will be remembered for the difference it made, then charity favors are a great choice. Your guests will never miss the fact that you did not present them with a favor they will never look at again and the joy of donating can be shared by you and your guests. There are so many amazing charities out there, why not use your wedding day to share your love with those in need?
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Why not consider a more eco-friendly event, one that basks in sustainability with a touch of elegance? Whether you are planning a wedding for yourself or consulting as a friend or family member, celebrate with these simple tips in mind.
Brides and grooms love to incorporate different ideas to make their day unique, but how can you do that if your budget is limited? Or maybe you're simply too busy to dream up the ideas yourself? These days you have a slew of interesting options to show off a little creativity without spending a fortune in time or money. Try out a few technology-oriented wedding ideas that will certainly help you create a buzz both before and during your wedding.
Just like Prince William and Kate Middleton, you too can ask for charitable donations in lieu of wedding gifts.
Charitable favors are becoming a more popular part of weddings as a way for couples share their values. Not only to honor a special person, but also to support a cause that has touched their lives.
Weddings are expensive (!) and an expression of your values. These two things combined make weddings an excellent opportunity to vote with your dollars and really have some clout. What can you do to support local producers and vendors and those that are making the world a better place? You are queen (or king) for a day—how can you wield your power for good?
Brit Creative Living
1. I Do Foundation: This option makes it easy for you to give back by offering multiple ways for your guests to make charitable contributions. Create a registry where all the gifts are charitable contributions, or make a more traditional one through I Do Foundation partner stores and 5% of all purchases will benefit the charity of your choice.
Every year more than two million U.S. couples walk down the aisle—to the tune of about $26,000 per wedding. That adds up to some scary math: Not only do these nuptials rake in billions for the wedding industry, they also call for serious environmental resources at every turn, from diamonds and paper to fuel and flowers.
Red Letter Event Planning
We at I Do Foundation believe that giving brings meaning to life—and we're passionate about helping connect soon-to-be-wed couples with the charities and causes they care about most. After all, weddings are a joyous occasion, made even more so by sharing a little love with those who need it!
Bride & Groom Magazine
What kind of gift do you get for the couple that already has everything? Maybe nothing.
Green Bride Guide
Be honest: Do you really need one more gravy boat? Another bedding set? More importantly, don't you want to create a more memorable way for your guests to gift you for your wedding day?
Then again, it doesn't have to be all about you if your heart is all about something else. Charity wedding registries such as those set up by the I Do Foundation either donate a percentage of all gift purchases to the charity of your choosing or substitute wedding favors with charitable donations.
GiftRap - Gifts.com
You can offer to help the couple register for Fair Trade or eco-friendly gifts. Be sure they know about registry sites like IDoFoundation.org and JustGive.org where they can register for gifts that give back to a cause that matters to them.
Organically Beautiful Life
Gift a donation of their choice to your guests, or raise money for charity on all registry purchases from partner stores. The I Do Foundation is a one-stop-shop for many of your wedding woes, and serves our society at the same time.
My Dee Jay
We're all familiar with the traditional wedding registry packed with blenders and china but in our day and age with more couples living together before marriage than ever, what can non-traditional couples do for gift registries that don't involve a hand-held scanner or bone china? Here are a few creative ideas we've come across that we wanted to share with you.
Many couples are personalizing their weddings by registering for charity and requesting donations for causes they care about. With organizations like I Do Foundation, it's easy to manage a charity registry online, simple for guests to donate, and convenient to get a ready-made gift list when it's time to send thank you notes.
One Big Movement
Say “I Do” to Charitable Weddings. If you've decided to tie the knot with that special someone, consider creating a charitable gift registry through the I Do Foundation and its many retail and nonprofit partners.
Wedding Channel Forum from The Knot
I ran across this site that donates to a given charity of your choice, and all you have to do is register at one of these places. Kind of like iGive.com or GoodShop.com, but to a group you pick. Guests have to buy the items online via a link. It costs nothing to you or your guests. The store donates. I set up my animal rescue group (had to enter the group myself) and I think I may do Target.
Here are 7 inspiring favor ideas from http://wedding.theknot.com to help you get creative with your own gracious gifts.
The Wedding Café
It's time to think outside the (gift) box and create a registry list that fits your personal style and taste.
If you're cash-strapped, that doesn't mean you can't help others this holiday season. Here's a few Web sites where you can give without a lot of green.
American Lung Association
When Barry and Angie Ceridan were planning their wedding three-and-a-half years ago, they decided to request gifts that are not usually found on a traditional wedding registry.
Instead, the Louisville, Kentucky couple asked their guests to help improve the life of those living with lung disease by making donations to the American Lung Association.
Wild Basin Lodge
A friend recently sent me the information for the I Do Foundation, a non-profit organization that couples may select for their gift registries.
During a time when bridezillas are glamorized and over-the-top celebrity weddings are broadcast for the world, some couples are opting to do something more altruistic on their special day.
The Mode Life
I Do Foundation's Charity Registry—Would you rather your gifts go toward a charitable organization? This straight-forward registry gives guests the option to donate to your favorite charity. With this registry, you can specify a certain amount for each donation, or allow guests to choose any amount to give to your favorite nonprofit organization or cause. Already have new appliances? If you're passionate about a cause, this might be the registry for you.
If giving out traditional wedding favors like chocolates, flowers or almonds sounds predictable, boring or even a waste of money, you may consider taking part in a rising trend: giving charitable donations as wedding favors. Couples who feel so inclined may make donations to charities of their choice in the names of their wedding guests, so that in lieu of spending money on small gifts, they send it along to a philanthropic cause.
Let your wedding registry help to make this world a better place. Couples, who don't wish to accept gifts, can donate to good causes by diverting the gifts to charitable trusts. Websites like greatergood.org, idofoundation.org and justgive.org lets you choose the charity you favor and also enables your guests to contribute online. There are more than 1.5 million charities listed with these websites, providing you choices out of many charitable causes. No bigger gift than heartfelt blessings of the people in need, isn't it?
Q: My fiancé and I would like our guests to make donations to two of our favorite charities in lieu of giving us gifts. How should we share this information with them? Would an insert in the invitations be appropriate? –Raleigh, North Carolina
Aaron Watson Photography
Recently Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds did a charity concert in Charlottesville, VA where each of the attendees had a chance to donate the cost of their ticket to the charity of their choice through justgive.org. We were really inspired by this and after having a chance to check out the website we found out about the I Do Foundation.
JustGive has launched two new ways to create personalized GiveNow charity gift cards, making them unique and memorable
Create a charity registry so friends can contribute to your favorite causes.
Wall Street Journal - SmartMoney.com Column
When Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in March, the royal couple asked that their wedding guests donate to charity instead of giving them presents. Their well-wishers got the message: In the eight weeks since the wedding, the couple's Royal Charitable Gift Fund has raised a whopping $1.7 million -- and inspired untold copycats
The Best Wedding Blog Ever
For the more charitable couple looking to do good during the “I do's,” websites such as IDoFoundation.org and JustGive.org provide the opportunity for newlyweds to give instead of receive. Talk about generosity at its finest! Instead of registering for a bunch of appliances and dishware, why not give to a cause in need? Because if it's truly in giving that we receive, couples registering at these locations will surely get the greatest gift of all :)
Savvy Scoop: OneWed's Bridal Blog
We determined that the best way to have the wedding of our dreams would be to help others through the process both by raising awareness and money for various causes. What started as a crazy idea turned into an amazing process that motivated us to give more, introduced us to new non-profit organizations, and opened our eyes to all the ways other couples could give back just by committing to make selections that they would make anyway, that could do more for others.
Today's Chicago Woman
Wedding registries have evolved to reflect the less-traditional preferences of today's couples. With an average age of 28 for brides and 29 for grooms, newlyweds are older, more sophisticated, more informed and more practical when it comes to their spending and their gift preferences. By the time couples have decided to tie the knot, they've already stocked their households with appliances, housewares, china and linens. So, unless they simply want to upgrade their current inventory, these couples are opting out of traditional registries in favor of one that appeals to their lifestyle and overall quality of life.
With I Do Foundation, you can raise money for charities simply by registering with one of their partner stores. Up to 10% of guests' gift purchases from these partner stores will be donated to your selected charity. These donations are made at no additional cost to you or your guests.
Create a wedding gift registry through the IDoFoundation.org and up to 10% of gift purchases will be donated to your favorite charity. You can harvest charitable rebates with wedding purchases through the foundation, and even create a charity registry where guests can donate to commemorate your special day.
The I Do Foundation (idofoundation.org) has partnered with stores like Target and Linens 'n Things. When you register through the foundation's website for items sold by these companies, 10 percent of the purchase price will be donated to your favorite charity.
The Heart of Giving
Say “I Do” to Charitable Weddings. Tying the knot this year? Consider creating a charitable gift registry through the I Do Foundation and its many retail and nonprofit partners.
San Joaquin Magazine
10 WAYS TO CELEBRATE CHARITABLY ... Set up a donation gift registry through the I Do Foundation. - www.idofoundation.org
Couples who have lived together before marriage report that they already have their juice glasses, coffee mugs and bathroom towel sets. ... At www.IDoFoundation.org, the bride and groom can sign on for their favorite charities, adding personalized notes on what they love about each cause and their thanks to guests who opt to make donations as their wedding gifts.
Sign up for this registry and have guests donate to the charity of your choice. Still craving that bread maker? Register with one of the site's e-commerce partners, like Amazon.com, and it will offer up 10 percent of the proceeds in your honor.
The trend of charitable weddings—weddings that find ways to give back—has exploded over the past few years. Brides and grooms all over the country are figuring out ways to bring a social focus to their weddings so that as they share their commitment to each other, they give back to their community.
If you set up your wedding registry through the I Do Foundation, you can get your gifts AND get a donation to your favorite charity&emdash;and it won't cost your guests any extra!
Just this week, JustGive and I Do have joined forces to provide even more features for your charity registry.
Create a wedding registry that keeps on giving. The I Do Foundation is a group that connects your guests to national retailers that donate 3%-8% of registry gift purchases to your selected charity. It's a simple way to help out your favorite cause!
These 75 resources are stellar, whether you're looking for cha-cha lessons or a custom sugar cookie....At idofoundation.org, you can link to stores like Target and REI , which will donate a percentage of guests' gift purchases to your favorite charitable cause.
Donate up to 8% of the value of your wedding gifts to charity when you register with the retail and travel partners affiliated with the I Do Foundation. Or, simply have your guests make tax-deductible contributions to the charity of your choice.
August 21, 2008
Philanthropy Web sites and industry sources report a rise in weddings with a cause, including a move to channel donations to charity in lieu of traditional gifts. Newlyweds also are sending unused food from their receptions to local food banks and spending their honeymoons doing service work. "There's been more consciousness about bringing your values into your wedding," said Grant La Rouche, executive director of the I Do Foundation, a Washington, D.C., group that matches couples with charities for their wedding.
Indianapolis Business Journal
July 12, 2008
It’s a trend fomented by Washington-based The I Do Foundation, which encourages couples to give as part of weddings. The foundation offers engaged couples a slew of options: traditional online gift registries where the vendors promise to donate a portion of proceeds, invitations and party favors tied to a charity, and for the hard-core philanthropic couple: a charity registry that can replace wedding gifts all together.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
June 4, 2008
The I Do Foundation is a Washington nonprofit group that enables couples to set up an online registry where their guests can give to a cause of the couple’s choosing.
June 1, 2008
Greatgreenwedding.com suggests donating your wedding gown to charity. Organizations such as Brides Against Breast Cancer and the I Do Foundation (idofoundation.org) resell the dresses and donate the proceeds. Bridesmaid dresses can be donated to the Glass Slipper Project (glassslipperproject.org), which provides free prom dresses to low-income high school students in Chicago. Perhaps one of the most eco-friendly favors is to make a charitable donation in honor of your guests through the I Do Foundation.
May 19, 2008
You can call the stores on your registry to ask them not to pack a catalog with each shipment. Pare down your list. If your house is already well stocked, come up with a few big-ticket items your guests can chip in and buy for you. If you go online to www.idofoundation.org and create a wedding gift registry with the I Do Foundation's partner stores, up to 10 percent of gift purchases will be donated to your favorite charity.
May 14, 2008
"Or consider ordering or creating personalized donation cards. Some organizations, like the American Diabetes Association and the I Do Foundation, can create them for you. These cards are also a great way to explain why you've chosen the particular charity, whether it's to honor a deceased relative or celebrate a cause that you feel strongly about as a couple. You can put favor donation cards at each place setting with the menu, display them next to each table name or make an announcement during the toast portion of the evening."
April 29, 2008
Even better, encourage guests to buy carbon offsets, contribute toward an experience (skydiving lessons, here you come!), or donate to any number of cool charities via nonprofits like the I Do Foundation, which also accepts donated wedding dresses when the day's done.
February 10, 2008
Number 25: I Do Foundation
Consider [the I Do Foundation] your essential do-gooder spot. Through the site and any of its partner stores (like Target and JCPenney), you can have a percentage of guests’ registry purchases go toward your favorite cause. You can even set up a charity registry to let guests donate in lieu of gifts. Or, instead of favors, donate to a charity of your choice through the site. What we really love: Book your honeymoon or order invites through a site partner, and a percentage of your purchase can go to charity.
December 14, 2007
"If tikkun olam is a priority, weddingchannel.com, working with the I Do Foundation, lets its couples link their registries to various charities. When an item is purchased via that site, a donation will be made to one of 100 charities, such as the American Cancer Society or the World Wildlife Fund; the more gifts, the greater the donation."
November 18, 2007
"...The I Do Foundation, a District-based operation that makes it easy for engaged couples to create online registries that channel their guests' generosity away from crystal and toward all manner of good works."
July 8, 2007
If you're getting married and can do without the pasta bowls and flatware, consider setting up a registry at the I Do Foundation, where your guests can give money to your favorite charity in lieu of a gift to you.
April 25, 2007
For those who want a traditional registry but still feel the altruistic call, try the I Do Foundation. You can create your own Web site and register as you normally do at stores like Target and Linens ‘n Things. When guests purchase gifts, 3 to 8 percent of their value gets donated to your charity.
April 22, 2007
"Brides are sending recyclable invitations and asking for charitable donations in lieu of gifts.
Event planners are adding bins for recycling aluminum and glass to their party checklists. Caterers are getting grilled about whether their food is homegrown. It’s partying with a conscience, and it’s catching on.
I think there has been a lot more awareness in our society," said Amy Cress, executive director of the nonprofit I Do Foundation, where couples register to have guests donate to charities.
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