As we know, weddings can be a production. Especially those of the Big Fat Pakistani (Indian/Desi/Asian) variety. Likely, you either have, or will be, spending thousands of dollars/pounds/rupees on some special, but also very fleeting, days.
That’s why I think it’s an absolute no-brainer to be able to weave in some aspect of giving / social cause into your wedding. If you’re looking for a way to give back, like I was, I think that one of the easiest things that you can do is forego giving guests traditional favours (spoiler alert: no one keeps them) and instead make a donation to a charity of your choice.
On my wedding, I opted to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of my father who passed away from cancer when I was 13. For my donation, the society provided me with bookmarks and I had my wedding agenda printed on them. You can read more about that here. I loved the idea of bringing my dad into my wedding in this way and also be able to do a little good. At the bottom of the bookmark it says: “Thank you for sharing this special day with us. With your favour, a donation has been made to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Safa’s father, Ghias Mahmud Zaki.”
I think this post is timely because as I write this, we know that thousands of Syrian refugees are the victims of the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. Think: if every 2015/2016 bride took that $1 – $5 budgeted per favour and instead donated to the Syria Crisis, what a difference that could make. Unfortunately, it’s not just Syrian refugees that need our help. Pick the charity / cause that means something to you and use your wedding as a platform to help. When you look back on your wedding, it’s one thing that I guarantee you won’t regret.