The Growing Trend of Charitable Weddings

From favors to registries, ways for anyone to give back for that special day

Charitable Weddings Visit

Eight years ago when my soon-to-be wife and I were planning our wedding, we thought long and hard about how our wedding could reflect who we are and the love we share.

Like many engaged couples, we found a beautiful site—overlooking the confluence of two rivers. We involved our families and even took a painstaking amount of time finding just the right poem for the ceremony. But we weren’t able to share one important part of our lives: giving back.

I Do Foundation was founded for couples like my wife and me who want to make charity a part of their wedding. Backed by the work of organizations like I Do and JustGive, the trend of charitable weddings has grown by leaps and bounds—nearly 20% of engaged couples explored giving back last year.Celebrate Green

By joining forces this past November, I Do and JustGive became the most comprehensive charitable wedding source for brides, grooms, and their guests. As the unparalleled leader in helping people create socially conscious affairs, we’re committed to helping you and your guests to give back and go green at weddings.

Planning a Socially Conscious Wedding

Together, we offer engaged couples the largest variety of free services at In addition to personalized wedding websites and comprehensive tips on socially-conscious and green weddings, we help soon-to-wed couples raise money for charity in a variety of ways:

  • Gift Registries that Give Back: Create gift registries with major retail partners, and receive up to 10% back for the charity of choice.
  • Wedding Favors for Charity: In place of traditional favors, make charitable donations to honor guests.
  • Charity Registry Create a Charity Registry and allow guests to make donations in lieu of traditional gifts. (With more than 1.5 million charities on site, it’s a cinch to find ones that matter to you.)
  • Shopping for Change: Purchase invitations, honeymoons, rings and other services through I Do Foundation and generate donations for charity with each purchase.

Tools like these mean that we can look forward to the time when someone returns from a wedding, and people ask: “Who was the best man? What color were the bridesmaids’ dresses? And what was the couple’s charity?

As I look back on my wedding day, the sun was shining and my bride blushingly beautiful, but I do wish I Do Foundation had existed then. Sharing a part of the celebration with charity would have made our wedding day even more meaningful and personal.

Know someone getting married? Share how to plan a charitable wedding with them, or send them to the I Do website!

Be in love. Be inspired.


Celebrate love this spring

Days are getting warmer, flowers are in bloom, and love is in the air! Spring is a time for fresh, new beginnings, perfect for weddings. From favors and gifts, to invites and cakes, couples want echo-chic and budget-friendly wedding ideas that reflect their lives together. JustGive’s Wedding Center has plenty of tips and ideas for sharing the love—not just with friends and family—but the world.

Give the perfect, personal and meaningful wedding gift … even on a budget

With nearly 1.5 million charities on JustGive, it’s a cinch to make a donation to the couple’s favorite. Not sure which one to choose? The easy-to-use JustGive Guide features 1,000 national charities grouped into 19 categories. Add a personal message and JustGive will send an email to the couple saying you donated on their behalf (earth-friendly and the perfect last minute gift!)—or print the confirmation and enclose it in their congratulations card.

A gift that gives twice. Personalize a GiveNow charity gift card and let the newlyweds choose the charity together. JustGive offers online gift cards which can be printed or emailed as well as physical gift cards we will send to the couple in the mail.

Does the couple love animals, big and small? Or are they passionate about inspiring and educating children? Purchase a Gift Collection of four charities that support a cause you know is close to their hearts.

Plan a wedding that makes a difference

Recently engaged or have soon-to-be-married friends? JustGive’s Wedding Center offers all you need to make charity more a part of this special day.

  • Customize a charitable Wedding Registry and inspire guests to give to the charities that mean the most to you both. JustGive keeps track of gifts and notifies you when donations are made, so thank-you notes are a breeze!

  • Honor or remember loved ones by making a charitable gift in lieu of favors. Shara S., of Pennsylvania, loved the idea of wedding favors as a charitable way to help others. She thought using JustGive was hassle-free and “so worth it,” saying it “beat any mints, picture frame, or wine stopper you can buy.”

Love these ideas? Share them with others and celebrate love in an earth-friendly and budget-savvy way this spring.

Fall weddings turn a shade of green

More couples than ever before are choosing to give, rather than receive “green” to honor their special day and the love they share. Trendy and eco-chic, charitable donations are a unique and meaningful alternatives to traditional gifts. Couples are choosing to:

1. Register online for charitable gifts

2. Give personalized charitable gift certificates to their wedding party

3. Make charitable donations their wedding favors to thank guests.

For Catherine E. and Tom B. of Oakland, California, “charity gifts set the right tone” for starting their life together. Other couples want to honor a family member or give to a cause close to their hearts. Some choose charity because they “already have too much stuff.”

In the last year, experienced a 50 percent increase in the number of couples making charitable giving a part of their wedding. Since launching the Wedding Gift Center service five years ago, JustGive couples have contributed more than $1.1 million to charitable organizations.

Want to spread the word? Tell a friend.