Weddings are expensive — that's a given. From the venue and flowers to the dress and catering, the costs can really add up! And when you finally get around to picking out favors for your guests, it can be easy to either want to skip the extra expense or wish there was something better to do with your money. Making charitable donations in your guests’ honor is a fantastic way to put the funds to good use, but sometimes you want to have an actual favor to share that will still help make the world a better place.
We’ve scoured the web for fantastic (and affordable!) products that you can feel great about buying, because your guests will love them and because the companies selling them are using proceeds for the greater good. Here are a few of our favorites — don’t forget to pair them with a tag or note explaining the meaning behind what you’ve chosen!
OneHope Wine (Above)
If you’re total wine-lovers (or are having a vineyard-inspired wedding!), a bottle of wine is a favor your guests will really enjoy. Napa-based OneHope donates 50% of the profits from each of their wine varietals to a different charitable organization, from rosé that supports ovarian cancer research to Pinot Grigio that helps shelter animals find homes by funding pet adoption. When wine is purchased for your wedding, an additional percentage can be allocated to a cause of your choice, making this favor extra personal. (Lodi Rosé, $18.99 per bottle, from OneHope)
Two Hearts Candle Set
These handmade candles come tucked into kraft paper boxes printed with a totally wedding-worthy quote. Made in India, they’re created by the artisans of Silence, a project for those who are deaf or physically disabled. Ten Thousand Villages has been working with Silence since 1983, and works directly with artisans around the globe to determine fair pricing, create safe and healthy working conditions, and foster a global marketplace to support creators worldwide. (Two Hearts Candle Set, $6.00 each, from Ten Thousand Villages)
Wedding Cake Gum
Thought those “Mint to Be” tins of breath-fresheners were a little too cheesy? You’ll love the sweet taste of the Wedding Cake gum from Project 7, as well as the fact that proceeds help provide emergency shelter for those displaced by natural disasters. Prefer something mintier? Their First Kiss flavor raises funds to plant trees and fight deforestation. (Wedding Cake Gum, $16.76 for 12 packs, from Project 7)
Dog Tag Bakery Cookies & Brownies
End the night with sweet bites in the form of fudgy brownies or decadent cookies from Dog Tag Bakery. Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C., the bakery’s proceeds don’t just support veterans: Their staff is made up of vets, too! They provide valuable (and delicious) work experience that helps their staff of veterans succeed as they reenter civilian life, and even have a work-study program in partnership with Georgetown University where graduates earn a Certificate of Business Administration and enter the job market as competitive and highly sought-after candidates. Now that’s a dessert you can feel really good about. (Dog Tag Bakery Cookies, $2.00 each, and Brownies, $2.50 each, from Dog Tag Bakery)
Charity Gift Card
What’s even better than making a gift in your guests’ name? What about letting them choose where the charitable gift goes? TisBest’s charity gift cards let you do just that. Choose one of their card designs or create one to match your wedding at no extra cost, then load each card with cash. Your guests can visit their website to choose from the 300 charities they support, and can even divide the card between up to three causes if they just can’t decide. Even better? Every card is made from 100% recycled plastic. (Charity Gift Card, from $5.00 each for orders over 50 cards, from TisBest)