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Wedding as a political act: 8 ways to show your wedding is part of the resistance

We've talked for years about folks who've used their weddings as political statements, most notably with marriage equality back before it became legal nationwide… but we're in a different era now, and I'd argue that things are way more overwhelming than they were back then.

Let's talk about a few ways to make a political statement with your wedding…

Doing good while getting wed: wedding charity ideas to support your favorite causes

"In lieu of a gift registry, what are some of the options/ideas to ask people to give to charity? My partner and I met volunteering and are passionate about that particular organization and some others. We'd love to get others on board with helping support these places but are wondering how to do that." Boy do we have ideas for you! From donations to charitable registries, there are lots of ways to give back. Here's a roundup of charity wedding ideas…

Charity in your registry? Do some good with charcoal-efficient stoves for women in Kenya

This year, 2.3 million couples will get married in the United States and will receive $19 billion worth of wedding gifts (that’s a ton of gravy boats). Imagine if each couple added just one more gift to their registries, or in lieu of shower gifts, favors, etc., a gift that would help a family in need. Yep, we're talking charity in your registry! The Adventure Project, a nonprofit that “adds venture” capital to create jobs in developing countries, is now offering a wedding registry campaign to provide charcoal-efficient stoves to women in Kenya.

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Steal these 35+ super offbeat gift registry ideas from REAL SoKind registries

SoKind Registry is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide!

Our kinship with SoKind Registry makes total sense when you know that they focus on gifts of experience, charitable causes, and non-stuff gifts. Not acquiring a bunch of stuff makes total sense for most couples. We decided to work with SoKind to find some of the most interesting, most "why didn't I think of that" offbeat gift registry ideas from REAL SoKind registries.

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How to donate your wedding leftovers to shelters or animal rescues

Looking for a way to save your leftover wedding food from going to waste without having to haul it back to your house for a three-day binge? You can actually donate your unspoiled leftovers. Your caterer may already be doing it, in fact. If they're following safety standards and in communication with coordinating shelters, it can totally work. Let's talk about how to donate your wedding leftovers.