Donations As Wedding Favors

June 26th, 2010

Everybody likes to receive wedding favors from the couple, whether it is of the edible kind, the practical type, or the displayable variety. For your wedding, you are thinking along this line and looking at catalogs for wedding favours like cute wine bottle stoppers, quirky scented candles, sweet mints and candies, delectable cookies and cupcakes, sweet picture frames and fridge magnets. However, you can make your wedding more memorable by giving donations to charitable causes of your choice. You can always provide for the above mentioned wedding favors if you have the budget for them and you want concrete objects to have and to hold; your guests will surely love your thoughtfulness.


Do Your Research


Before you make charitable donations to the organization of your choice, be sure to do your research. Organizations have different approaches to accepting donations and spending contributions, which you need to be aware of before you sign that check. You can check the Internet first.


You have to make sure that your choice of organization issues an official receipt for your donation, which could be used for tax deduction purposes. Otherwise, you need to start looking somewhere else lest you run into trouble with the law. With the problems you face in your wedding preparations, you definitely do not want trouble in your wedding favors where there is none expected.


Donation Ideas


First, determine who and what you would like to help. This way, you can narrow down your wedding favors cum donations to these choices:


Environmental Causes


Visit the website of your favorite environmental group and make a donation through your credit card, which should take you very little time. You can check out National Arbor Day Foundation, Save the Elephants, Greenpeace or any local environmental group you want. For example, National Arbor will plant trees in the name of your guests. For presentation, you can place a table card with an image of a tree, the guest’s name and your favorite tree quote. Your guests will be thrilled to know that a tree is planted in their honor!


Disaster Causes


You can donate to organizations helping to assist victims of disaster rebuild their lives. Check out the Twin Towers Fund, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and any local organization helping your neighbors. Furthermore, you can save on the cost of your wedding since you determine how much you donate. You can present this donation through cards with messages of thanks from the organization and from you.


Cancer Research and Patients


You might have a family member battling the Big C. Your donation to cancer research will warm his heart and those of your guests, too. You can check out the hospitals that have cancer wards and ask around for the patients who need help the most. You can also directly donate to cancer research institutes.


The documentary requirements to make the contribution legal will be more complicated but it is worth the trouble. Check out the Make a Wish Foundation, The American Cancer Society and your local hospital. These donation ideas are just a few but when you put your mind to it, you can find other causes to support. How about feeding the hungry? Or clothing the poor?


Whatever you decide on for your wedding favors, always remember that it is your thought that counts. If you decide to give both donations and concrete favors, then everybody gets to be happy on your most special day.

Cheap Chic Wedding Cake Decor

June 25th, 2010


I just love using the words “cheap” and “chic” in the same sentence. After all, being a YesBride founder I’m all about saving dough while helping others create a fantastic wedding. That’s where DIY projects come in and this video is no exception. Here you will learn to create a cheap wedding cake topper that looks very nice and costs next to nothing. Music to my ears. If anyone out there has some other DIY wedding ideas let me know.

White Wedding Desserts

June 24th, 2010

Who says a white wedding should only focus on the bride? After all, it is the bride and her beautiful white wedding dress that is usually the show stopper at most weddings. Well, here is a wonderful and sweet new twist on the white wedding: The white wedding dessert bar. Check out these amazing dessert photos courtesy of Caroline Tran. Clearly Caroline has captured the essence of this dessert bar. To view more amazing photos please visit her at



White is definitely the color of choice for this wedding dessert bar. 



Love the bright yellow contrast against the white. All these amazing treats are courtesy of Cakes By The Pound. 



Even desserts need accessories. Love that little kite flying off the glass. 



Lemon meringue anyone? 



This has to be one of the most unique dessert bars I have ever seen. 



Who wouldn’t love the leaning tower of cake and those coconut donuts are so scrumptious. 



Are you serious? White chocoloate malted shakes! I can’t imagine how many of these I’d have. 



Finally, a nice coffee with luxurious, creamy, white foam. Yum!

Do You Have A Sweet Tooth?

June 23rd, 2010

When I was a little girl, my mom would take me to the candy store to cheer me up after a bad day at school. I loved the sight of all the rainbow colored candies that filled each jar stacked neatly on the shelves. The owner (a close friend of my mom’s) would offer me free samples. I usually went for the chocolate mints or the dark chocolate raspberry truffles. The chocolates always cured me! My troubles seemed to fade away…. Even now as an adult, I still love chocolate, especially anything with dark chocolate!


In the last few years, Brian and I attended a few weddings where there was a candy bar for guests to enjoy. I think more and more brides are looking into this “sweet” trend. The candy bar allows the guests to choose the candy of their choice and place it in a take home container as a “wedding favor.” Love the idea for two reasons. The first reason, if you are inviting a number of kids, it’s fun for them to treat themselves to candy, second, adults like to indulge in the candy bar too. Time to feel like a child again! However, I recommend that you research the prices of candy, etc. to see if this is within your budget. As fun as candy is for all to enjoy, it can get pricey. What are your thoughts about a candy bar at a wedding reception?