This is an idea that's near and dear to my heart as Aaron and I used our shark-themed wedding as a platform to raise awareness about shark finning. We included shark finning information packets in people's welcome bags, and ALL the money we spent on our wedding favors (shark fin soaps!) went to aid in the Sea Shepard Preservation Society's fight against shark finning.
I also immediately thought of other offbeat weddings that have added a charitable element to their parties:In lieu of clinking glasses to get Monica and Eric to kiss, at this wedding, you donated money to City of Hope. Monica explained their great success…
As mentioned in 10 ways to show your support of marriage equality at your wedding, Tribe member Channamasala set out a White Knot table to raise awareness to the cause of marriage equality. Lotte & David used their wedding for good:We raised $271. We didn't expect the mad stampede of guests waving dollar bills when we made the announcement. Boy did we have numb lips when it was over! We have such awesome people in our lives!
Like all good fêtes, ours had a cause. David and I decided to use the wedding to raise funds for The SAFE Foundation, a charity run by friends of ours. The proceeds from our fête games, our grand raffle, and the gifts from generous friends helped us raise over £1600 to support people living in poverty around the world.
I decided to sell the booklet in aid of SANDS [The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity]. Soon local paper and radio picked up the Handfasting Recipe Book story, and we have raised over £200. Recipe books have gone all over Europe, Japan, the USA, and Canada.
So, as you can see: we've featured charitable weddings before, but head over to Offbeat Home for even more awesome inspiration.