My husband’s cousin is getting married next week. She and her fiance are both in their 30s, highly educated, with professional careers and a well-stocked home. They have a very short (one page) wedding registry at a big-box store, for just a few household items. But they also registered at Heifer International. I love this idea. Donating money to a couple’s favorite charity is a fantastic gift, and I love that they are asking people to do that instead of buying them more stuff.
Making a donation in honor of someone is a great idea – just make sure that you pick a charity they support, rather than one of your own favorites. In this case, they made it easy for us, by including it on their wedding registry – no need to guess. Another bonus is that they live out of state, so if we had bought them a traditional gift, we’d have had to pay to ship it. Now we can spend the money we would have used on shipping to make a larger donation.
If you’re getting married and already have dishes and a blender, think about asking your guests to donate to a cause you believe in – they’ll enjoy the change of pace, and you’ll feel great about raising money and awareness for a group you support. And you won’t have to find room in your house for a wagon-load of stuff.