1) Your registry
Perfectly named, The Good Beginning, is a registry platform for your guests to donate to charities of your choice. They took the legwork out of setting up and reaching out to charities and make the experience simple for you and your guests- as a wedding registry should be. Even if you can’t find your favorite charity they give you the option to submit one.
Founder Beth Helmstetter discovered this need to streamline donations through her own wedding clients and found that couples were wanting a platform like this that easily tracked guest donations so they could thank them properly and that the donations were properly given to the nonprofit.
2) Your gifts
You aren’t the only one who is getting all the gifts on your wedding day -there’s those traditional gifts a couple will give to show their appreciation to their wedding party from the bridesmaids to the mother of the groom. But traditional isn’t the way social couples think so here’s a couple of cause based finds to make your gifting even that more impactful.
Haute Hope is a chic social good giftbox destination. Their curated gifts all support cause based products from fair trade to mission driven brands. They are ideal for the mother of groom, mother of bride or bridesmaid in your wedding as their finds are lovely and chic as are the women in your wedding.
Makers + Goods is another option for a social good curated giftbox company. They have the option to gift “welcome gifts” to your guests (for destination weddings or out-of-towners coming all that way to celebrate you) or they can work with you for an awesome “give back” wedding favor. Founder Julie Skon practices what she preaches- not only does she select cause based products but Makers + Goods also donates 10% of their proceeds to special causes.
3) Your (or her) wedding dress
Celia Grace offers ethical, handmade and fair-trade wedding dresses with a mission to give back. For each dress sold they donate a uniform to a Cambodian child in need. They are committed to safe working conditions and pay their artisans a fair wage. They also use eco-friendly materials like natural fiber fabrics.
Once Wed is an online second-hand wedding dress listing service. Brides wear their dress once so secondhand is the perfect way to reuse something that is only meant to be used once making it an alternative for the consciously eco-friendly brides-to-be.
4) Your Rings
Lab created diamond retailer, Miadonna, offers eco-friendly and ethical diamond rings for the socially conscious bride. They have a lovely collection for both the bride and groom all at an affordable price.
Do Amore also offers lab created diamonds but they also offer ethically mined diamonds and naturally recycled materials in their rings all while being made in the USA. They offer a unique fingerprint ring for men and naturally they too have a mission to give back. For every ring purchase, they help someone in a developing country get access to clean water through their nonprofit partner charity:water.
So, for all those socially good couples they can start their marriage off with some goodness and reinvent the old saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” …while all of it should if we could, be purposeful and good.
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Claire Pettibone is the founder and Creative Director at Madison Grace a women's conscious lifestyle brand for those wanting to make a positive impact through purposeful purchases in their own way. When she’s not discovering an ethical find or collaborating with a social enterprise, she's a foodie at heart trying to figure out where to eat next.