First and foremost, a wedding is a celebration of love—not only between you and your spouse-to-be, but also among the friends and family who—even before you found "the one"—have long given you support and companionship. In this same spirit of generosity and good will, many couples have begun including charities in their wedding registries. Now that people are legally pairing off much later in life, they often no longer need the registry regulars such as crockpots and toasters, having made those purchases as soon as they moved out of their parents' basement.
Instead, many modern-day engaged couples are looking to the needs of others. Some wedding planners say that up to a third of their clients ask their guests to donate to a cause rather than bring them a wedding gift. You also have the option of giving money as a couple to an organized effort near your hearts in lieu of party favors, because supporting love is as much a universal cause as a personal one. If you're getting married any time soon and you're interested in one of these philanthropy routes, you might consider using your registry or making contributions to benefit victims, both human and animal, of Hurricane Harvey.
According to the Washington Post, the storm "marks the most extreme rain event in U.S. history." More than five million people have been affected by the approximately nine trillion gallons of water. (We wish we were making up that number.) Thankfully, the radicalness of this disaster also inspired far-reaching relief efforts from across the nation—corporations are pledging millions, reports NPR, along with many celebs. Below, we've rounded up links from various verified organizations that you can click through to, or include on the registry page of your wedding website, to make your big day about something so much bigger than one day.
Austin Pets Alive
Catholic Charities USA
Corpus Christi Food Bank
Driscoll Children's Hospital
Give:Tendr (A new option from Tendr's online registry service)
Houston Food Bank
Houston Humane Society
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
SPCA of Texas
Starbucks (Must be done in-store)
See more: Wedding Favors That Give Back