Brides often wonder what to do with all of the “stuff” that is used on their wedding day in addition to incorporating ways to give back. From flowers to decorations, there are several things to do with them that benefit others and prevent waste. Make the best of the things you use on your wedding day by giving back! Another tip – when scouting for a photographer, consider one that donates a portion of their proceeds to different foundations.

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Ever think your flowers from your special day deserve to brighten someone else’s day after serving their purpose on your wedding day? Repeat Roses is a national floral services that does just that! Give your centerpieces and ceremony florals a second life. This service will pick up used arrangements and recycle or donate them to patients in hospitals, shelter facilities and treatment centers across the country. Nothing says “giving back” more than a chance to make someone else smile.

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When putting together favors for your guests to part with – consider something edible. There are all sorts of programs such as the American Heart Association or PAWS Chicago, where the portion of the tasty treats is donated to. Not only are they cute and creative goodies your guests and their fur-babies will LOVE, they are making a difference to others in need as well.

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Consider creating a charity registry in place of a traditional household item list – or even do both! This idea is perfect for honoring a loved one or supporting an idea that you and your spouse care for dearly. Sometimes it’s not the things that are important, but the way you are able to impact others that make life so special.

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Your wedding dress is one of the most important and most sentimental pieces of your wedding day. Some traditional brides value their gown and wish to pass it down to their daughter one day. If you are someone who doesn’t value this idea and would like to impact someone else, there are several organizations that utilize wedding gowns around the country. The Angel Gown Program is an organization that transforms donated wedding dresses into free and beautiful burial gowns for infants to wear that have passed during their hospital stay. Another program is the Wish Upon A Wedding foundation, a national non-profit organization that donates wedding attire to terminally ill patients regardless of their sexual orientation.

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