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Ideal Royal Wedding Gift—Charitable Donation

Prince William and Kate Middleton are the future of royalty, and some of their decisions are quite a departure from those of the royal lineage. They have already decided to do without a staff of servants, will live predominantly in Wales while William finishes his military service commitment, and have now requested that in lieu of gifts for their upcoming nuptials, invited guests are asked to make a donation to charity. There is clearly no need for a royal toaster or crock pot that other couple just starting out might need…and it is a nice perspective for all of us to consider. Birthday? Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa? Anniversary? Wedding? Graduation? I like to receive a gift as much as the next guy, but my family stopped exchanging gifts years ago and instead we make charitable donations on behalf of the others for birthdays and Christmas. Not for everyone, but deciding where to donate each year is a fun kind of shopping, and seeing what new non-profit organizations my family has discovered is also a great eye opener each year.

If you have your own Wedding of the Century coming up, think about registering in a new way, à la Kate and William. Here is a previous posting about volunteer honeymoons and charitable gift registries, to get the brainstorming started. Prince William and Kate have a great target charity with the The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, and the foundation’s triple focus on young people, the environment, and the armed forces. William and Kate have both supported the charitable work of other organizations, and lend their presence to fund-raising events for groups doing the work they support, like their recent attendance at an event for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Volunteer Honeymoon

Well, today’s the big day for Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky as they tie the knot…perhaps you’ve heard? (If not, I hope it is cool and shady under that rock where you’ve been living. You can’t look at any media without being bombarded by speculation about the wedding). Congratulations to the two of them.

Kind of a fun day to look at the concept of a volunteer honeymoon. What a brilliant way to start your new life together, awake to the blessing of your good fortune while sharing all that energy with a community or project in need. Your passion for the world and passion for each other finding expression as you share this chance to change the world. And you can still arrange plenty of downtime and relaxation and private time—a volunteer vacation needn’t ever mean you are over-extended or exhausted or on-task 24/7 (unless that’s what you want).

In addition to the concept of a volunteer honeymoon, there are also some great ways to designate charitable organizations as recipients of donations in your name with charitable gift registries. If you’ve already got the toaster and towels, having your guests donate in your name to your charity of choice is a great way to spread the love. The I DO Foundation makes it simple to set up a Give Back Gift Registry (as well as tips for making your wedding a green event). Just Give makes it easy for your guests to give in your honor (for birthdays, graduations, and other special events as well). Changing the Present is a non-profit that helps you change the world via your wedding registry, one gift at a time. There are others, of course. Just a nice way to look at it all as you contemplate and plan (and stress out) readying for that day when you’ll be putting so much love into the world.