Incorporating charitable giving at your wedding is a great way to not only celebrate your big day, but to use your wedding for the greater good. And having hundreds of people engaged in your event is a perfect way to engage them in giving back to your community.
Help From The WGIRLS Milwaukee
To brainstorm ideas for how to incorporate charitable giving into your wedding, we talked with an organization that touches multiple nonprofits from the work they do. The WGIRLS – Milwaukee, is an organization that is ran purely by young professional women volunteers.
The WGIRLS Milwaukee host social events and fundraisers that raise money for worthy causes that help women and children in Milwaukee. A few organizations that have benefited most recently from their events include Meta House, Cinderella Project, and Make a Wish Wisconsin.
Ideas for Charitable Giving at Your Wedding
There are many ways you can be creative when considering giving to charitable causes for your wedding, and here’s some to help spark your imagination. Note that you can contact the the WGIRLS – Milwaukee for help and advice on getting physical donations to worthy organizations.
1. School Supplies Drive
While this can be done any time of the year, it is even more fitting for August weddings, right before the school year starts. School supply lists can cost hundreds of dollars which can be daunting for low income families.
2. Book Drive
This can be done any time of year. Sixty-one percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. Check out Milwaukee’s Next Door Foundation to donate books.
3. Charity Registry
Through the I Do Foundation, your guests can make online donations to the organization of your choice as their wedding gift to you.
4. Food Drive
Ask guests to bring a non-perishable food item to your reception and donate the collection to Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force.
5. Children’s Christmas Presents
6. Make a Wish
Sponsor a child who is looking for a wish to be granted. The Make a Wish – Wisconsin website has a list of sponsorship levels and how each level corresponds to the type of wish you can grant. Consider sponsoring a child’s wish and your wedding day can take on a whole new meaning of celebration.
7. Donate Your Flowers
Contact Milwaukee’s Petals for Patients, who will pick up your wedding flowers after your reception and donate them to patients in hospice.
8. In Lieu of Favors
Instead of spending money on favors, you could donate to your favorite charity in the name of your guests. Let everyone know in your programs or by making an announcement at the reception.
9. Brides Against Breast Cancer
This organization allows you to donate your wedding dress to help cancer patents and their families. You can either ship them your gown or donate it when they come to Milwaukee for their charity bridal gown sale. Check their website for more info.
10. Cinderella Project
Encourage your bridesmaids to donate their dresses to the Cinderella Project. This worthy cause helps young girls get an awesome prom dress along with providing them advice and self confidence. The WGIRLS are currently collecting dresses for the Cinderella Project.
Volunteer Opportunities – Include Your Bridesmaids
Volunteering is another way to give back to the community. Make it a fun, bonding experience and include your bridesmaids – maybe as part of your bachelorette party weekend. Don’t forget to get the groom and his groomsmen involved too!
11. Charity Run
Looking for a bonding experience with your girls? Consider doing a run that benefits a charity.
12. Serve a Meal
The WGIRLS – Milwaukee serve a meal at Kathy’s House on a monthly basis. Contact them to get involved. Another great way to have a bonding experience with your girls.
13. United Way’s Season of Caring
The United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s Season of Caring offers a variety of meaningful volunteer projects you and your group can get involved in.
The ideas above are by no means the only way you can incorporate charitable giving into your wedding. Be creative – there’s so many opportunities available, I’m sure you can find one that works for you. And it’s a great feeling to know that you not only married the love of your life, but made a difference in doing so.