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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.(

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

  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. ( (

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

  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. ( (

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

  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. ( (

  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. ( (

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