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An increasing number of couples are opting for weddings with a conscience. Whether it’s by having an eco-friendly wedding or choosing wedding favor donations in lieu of traditional wedding favors, it’s clear that couples are giving back.

Here are some ways that you can use your wedding as an opportunity to give:

1. Instead of traditional favors, choose wedding favor donations. Simply make a donation in each guest’s name to the charity of your choice. Place a card on each place setting letting guests know about the donation.

2. Donate your flowers to a nursing home or hospital.

3. Donate your leftover food to a local food bank. Make arrangements beforehand for the food bank to pick up food after the reception.

4. After the wedding, have your bridesmaids donate their dresses to Operation Fairy Dust, an organization that takes gently used gowns and gives them to underprivileged teens for proms and graduation.

Photo: American Diabetes Association

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I really like the new breast cancer ribbon favours. They are plantable and a portion of the price you pay for them goes to charity.

 
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Jessie Blum @ Eclectic Unions (message)  360 posts, Helper bee

I love this idea, and think it’s such a wonderful trend - I hope it continues!

 
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The American Cancer Society is also good for wedding favors, although they aren’t as well set-up for it as the Diabetes Association. I happen to know, because these were the chosen charities for our wedding, but we gave “normal” favors and instead ask for contributions in lieu of gifts. We suggested ADA and ACS, but let folks pick their own; many chose JDRF, and others found local cancer centers they wanted to support. Everybody wins!

 

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