A Different Approach to Wedding Gifts

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Today, we are toasting all our furry friends…”Here’s to those that have been apart of Big City Bride wedding days, those that fill our homes with love and those that simply pass by our office making us smile!” Big City Bride taking a thankful moment to give back. Chicago is filled with inspiring charities all throughout the city. This year, Big City Bride made a donation to PAWS Chicago. PAWS Chicago is a Chicago-based charity founded in 1997 and has dedicated the last 17 years to servicing animals.

If a bride and groom are not fond of a traditional gift registry we suggest picking a charity you both love and asking guests to donate . A donation to a favorite charity is a special way to add purpose behind each gift. Creating a charity donation is a unique and personal touch to a wedding. It releases the pressure of finding the perfect gift and instead invites family, friends and loved ones to celebrate a cause they know you love.

There are a few ways to do this! We suggest setting up a wedding website explaining the “no gift” policy and attach a link to the website where guests can donate. This two-step process is easy, efficient and a personal way to explain the charity. Make sure to include information on the invitation making guests aware of the gift policy or the link to the website. Communicating to your guests how to find the information is very important! 

After the donations have been made and the wedding celebrations have ended, this can also be a fun way to celebrate as newlyweds! If a local charity has been selected, pick a day and donate a few hours. Maybe this even becomes a yearly donation celebration right around your anniversary.

We understand everyone is juggling different financial situations and donating money might not always be an option, Chicago charities are always looking for volunteers and even just one hour can make a difference!



Photo Credit: Chicago wedding photographers Husar Photography (top left) and Edenhurst Studio (top right)