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Favors are a very popular (and expected) item at receptions. Traditionally, favors are given to each guest as a thank you for sharing your day with you. Any little thing can be presented (often it's candy or a small pot of jam) but lately, brides and grooms have been giving back- to humanity. Many couples these days are electing to forge traditional individual favors and instead they are donating cash (or time) to their favorite charity. For many, this is a chance to raise awareness for a cause close to their hearts and include their closest friends in the journey. For the budget minded, this can be a inexpensive option to normal favors that also makes hearts feel fuzzy.
The donation favor is easy. Pick a favor charity- if it's local then walk right in and write a check (get a reciept for your taxes). Otherwise, pick from one of the many online charities. Then create one main sign for the guest book table (or individual cards for each place seating) that states, "Thank you for sharing this day with us. In honor of your love and goodwill, we have made a donation to [name of charity] in your name. Love, [bride and groom's names]". There is no need to tell guests how much money you donated.
Another spin on the donation favor is to donate your time instead of money to a charity. For example, volunteer to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity. In your message to your guests write, "Thank you for sharing this day with us. In honor of your love and goodwill, we donated over fifty-five hours of labor to Habitat for Humanity and helped a wonderful family build a new life- all in your name. Love, [your names]".
Donations. Think about it.