Charitable weddings: Using your wedding for good

By on Mar. 15th

Our extra wedding favors

Buttons from the charities our wedding aided.

Over on Offbeat Home, two sisters, Amy and Mistie, wrote an awesome guest post on how you can use your powers — and parties — for good.

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…

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!

white knots

Photo by Keira Lemonis

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.


Photo by Lauren McGlynn

Lotte & David used their wedding for good:

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.

This is pretty clever… After their wedding, Sarah and Chris turned their potluck wedding menu into a recipe book benefiting a charity close to their hearts. Sarah explained,

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.

Read more posts about: ,

About Megan Finley

Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher for the Offbeat Empire. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog, Twitter @meganfinley, and Instagram @meggyfin.