Weddings are not going to become cheaper any time soon and it seems like wedding guests, at least, would much rather know that their money is going for a good cause.
According to The Knot's 2016 Wedding Guest Study, millennial guests want to offer a gift that gives back. The survey found that people ages 18-39 are more likely to donate to a charity the couple has included on their registry, rather than buying a traditional gift.
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Future newly-weds should also be aware that a whopping 93 percent of millennial wedding guests would purchase a gift from the couple’s registry if a charity contribution is included free of charge. The Knot also reports that registries are not going anywhere anytime soon—they are still the most popular place to select a gift. That's probably not very surprising considering half of Americans have reported they needed help to figure out wedding gift etiquette.
And while you don't have to donate all of your registry to charity like this wonderful couple did (although if you do, major props to you and your S.O.), you could include a few items that benefit charities that are close to your heart.
Here are a few suggestions:
Global Goods Partners
This NGO works with 40 partners that employ over 3,000 women in 20 countries around the world. They offer a curated selection of beautiful handmade home decor products that help communities by creating economic opportunities for women.
Founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, (RED) collaborates with some of the world's best known brands on home products, electronics, accessories, apparel, and travel, and donates 50 percent of the proceeds to Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
This wine subscription service will send you three bottles of wine each month, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to non-profit organizations such as The Fiver Children’s Foundation and Sustainable Harvest International.