By Christine Bowley
Can you remember what wedding favours you received at the last wedding you attended? Did you take them home with you? Leave them on the table? Throw them out even?
While planning her own wedding earlier this year and trying to stick to her budget, Lisa Goode from Give and Get Weddings worked out that Australians spend around $33 million each year on thank you gifts for wedding guests, which are all too often discarded by their recipients.
“I wanted my guests to feel nice about their gift and have that money do more than gain the five seconds of appreciation you would normally get for a tiny box of chocolates or sugar coated almonds,” she said. “So I thought, why not give that money to someone who needs it.”
Give and Get Weddings’ mission is to make charity wedding favours the new etiquette, where couples can donate to charities online in lieu of gifts for the guests.
In return, you can get exclusive discounts and savings through Give and Get Weddings on everything from your dress and accessories through to cakes, cars, photography, styling and hire, with vendors offering up to $1,000 off their retail prices.
Give and Get Weddings don’t charge their vendors any fees to feature their offers on the site, so local wedding suppliers can advertise the great savings they are prepared to offer without it costing them to do so.
100% of donations go to your chosen charity, with no commission or admin fees deducted. So get savvy and give yourself a wedding treat by saving on all your wedding needs while giving back to those who need it the most.