Are You Being Good?
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Donating to a charity or a non-profit in lieu of giving favors is increasingly common, but if you still want to go the more traditional route, there are edible options there, too. One excellent choice for favors is Baking for Good, an "online bake sale" that offers all-natural cookies, brownies, and other sweets, and donates 15 percent of the price of every order to a cause selected by the couple. Still not quite right? Then opt for favors that will be useful, or will at least bio-degrade in this century. We love a gorgeous, favor-festooned table, too, but if you want to go green, you might reconsider choosing items just because they're "adorable" (and remember, that's your take on adorable—Uncle Ralph may see it differently.)
Today, couples can "register" and at the same time authorize contributions to charities through organizations like the I Do Foundation, which has partnered with stores like Target, REI, and Macy's to ensure as much as 10 percent of the cost of purchased registry items will be donated to a selected charity. If you're passionate about global welfare in particular, the registry programs at Ten Thousand Villages and Heifer International, will have special appeal.
For the bridesmaids: Try the striking glass candleholders from Glassybaby, which has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities ranging from amfAR to Conservation International. For the guys: Presents for Purpose specializes in personalized groomsmen gifts, but we especially like that 10 percent of the proceeds from each order is donated to a charity of your choice (e.g., Three Angels Children's Relief and First Book). And Vineyard Vines, the preppy clothier, offers snazzy groomsmen ties via its Tied to a Cause program.
We are compiling a list of designers and companies who are "Doing Good With Weddings" so if you know of one and want to tell us about them, send us an email.