Her fiance canceled the whole event just weeks before her bride-to-be Quinn Duane. Although reservations had been made, the deposit checks were long expired. What could a girl with her confused family do? They decided not to let their heartbreak turn into an empty nest. Instead, they turned the 120-guest reception into a heartwarming event to help the homeless. Duane and her mother then set off on their would-be honeymoon.

They took advantage of the situation to do something kind for others and then flew home to Belize. We don’t have to feel heartbreak to do good at our weddings. There are many ways you can use your big day for charity, including going green and becoming a charitable person.

Select Earth-Friendly Invites

Look for a printer that actively reduces the carbon footprint when making paper products. Clients who order wedding invitations through Smock Paper and Bella Figura can donate $10 to American Forests. They will also match the donation. It’s a great thing to offer clients the chance to plant trees and give back in a paper-driven industry.

Reduce your dependence on extra inserts

Consider the inserts to further your earth-conscious attitude towards invitings. Although printed maps were great a decade back, GPS has made them obsolete. Consider using RSVP postcards as an alternative to cards that require envelopes. You can also use e-vites to save paper for informal events such as showers or engagement parties.

Include a call to action on your invites

Florida bride Leigh McManus requested that her guests gift another person with a random act of kindness on her wedding invitations. She received many messages from her loved ones leading up to the wedding. McManus’ friends had fun sharing smiles, whether donating cat food for an animal shelter or supplying their doorman with frozen yogurt.

Make it a point to incorporate your favorite charity in an actionable way.

Do you love animals? Social event planning shared how an animal-friendly couple went all-out for their four-legged friends. They replaced table numbers with photos of adoptable dogs and included information on the back that explains where guests can find them if they are interested in adopting one. The bride shared that she would prefer to spend money on something useful and lasting forever than wasteful. There is no way to price the benefits of having a pet that loves you and your family. However, we can price help them find their forever homes.

Gift a friend or family member his big break

It is important to give back to the wider world, but it is equally important to help a friend. Do you have a friend who is a skilled photographer and has a job that pays the bills while still photographing weddings? Even though she isn’t yet a professional photographer, that doesn’t mean she won’t be able to take amazing photos. You might be what she needs. The same goes for DJs. There’s a good chance you have a nephew or cousin who needs someone to believe and support them. You need to make sure that they are responsible and professional and that their work meets the high standards you expect for your wedding.

By Merri

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