We’ve all heard of the dreaded Bridezilla Syndrome, which causes a previously rational, generous human being to morph into a self-obsessed, demanding monster in the run-up to her wedding. Thankfully the syndrome is rare, with most of us only encountering one or two in our lifetimes. A sure defence against this most unpleasant of ailments, however, is to remember that other people exist and some of them aren’t as fortunate.
If your wedding is rapidly approaching and you want to give something back to society, then there are loads of ways to do it. Here are some of the easiest and most popular ways you can make your special day a charitable one.
Ask guests to make a donation rather than giving you a gift
If you have a gift list, then you could send it out to guests with a link to your favourite charity. In this way, people have the option to buy a traditional gift for you or to send the value of an item to your cause.
Send your flowers to a local hospital
Once the day is over, most of those blooms will just go to waste, so why not arrange for them to go to a local hospital or hospice to brighten the place up a bit?
Make your favours work harder
Whatever your favours are going to be, why not see if you can buy them from a co-operative workshop, or from a fair-trade supplier? Make sure each favour has a little tag bearing the details of the organisation or charity.
Give your leftovers to a shelter
If you have some food left over at the end of the reception, them some of it could be delivered to a homeless shelter or women’s refuge in your town. Approach the shelter first, though.
Go through a charity’s donation page every time you buy something for the wedding
Some online retailers give a percentage of their commission to a charity of the shoppers’ choice, so if you’re ordering a lot of things from one or two larger online retailers, you could give every time you click.
Use your wedding website to encourage donations
You might want to think about embedding a donation badge on your website so guests can decide to make a donation when they visit your site. The publicity for your charity doesn’t hurt, either.
Donate your dress to charity
Some charities take gently-worn wedding dresses and resell them. Your bridesmaids might want to do the same, as well.
After all, you’re not planning to wear it again, are you?