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ELEVEN WAYS TO GIVE BACK
By Cox News Service, 3/11/2004

  1. Choose a reception location owned by a nonprofit, such as a nature preserve, university or museum, where the rental proceeds will go to a good cause.

  2. Donate leftover food. Locate your local food bank or food rescue program and find out how your left-over food can be put to good use.(www.secondharvest.org)

  3. Think green: To create a wedding that is beautiful and environmentally sound, incorporate Earth-friendly practices into your ceremony and reception. (www.organicweddings.com)

  4. Consider donations in place of gifts. Give your guests the option of donating to your favorite charity. Combine a donation registry with your gift registry. (www.idofoundation.org) (www.justgive.org)

  5. Plan a service project. Mobilize your shower or engagement party guests to volunteer their time at a local organizations. (www.networkforgood.org)

  6. If your wedding weekend coincides with a local charity effort, invite guests to participate.

  7. Make your honeymoon count. When honeymooners book a package with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 5 percent of the purchase is donated to charity. (www.ecotourism.org) (www.idofoundation.org)

  8. Donate your flowers. Check with your area nursing homes to see where your centerpieces could be put to good use. (www.nursinghomeinfo.com)

  9. Choose charitable wedding-guest favors. Make a donation in honor of your guests in place of wedding favors, or consider a favor such as a seedling or plant.

  10. Recycle your wedding dress. Donate it to brides in your community who cannot afford to purchase a dress. Or give it to an organization that will sell it and give proceeds to charity. (www.thecinderellaproject.org) (www.makingmemories.org)

  11. Gift registries that give back. Create a wedding gift registry with the I Do Foundation and up to 8 percent of the gifts purchased will be donated to your favorite charity. Or create a unique registry with a fair trade organization that markets crafts made by low-income people in third world countries. (www.idofoundation.org) (www.globalexchange.org)

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