Not everyone wants to give another chotchke or more chocolate as wedding favours, which is why making a charitable donation in honour of your guests is a thoughtful alternative. However, it's still nice to have something that your guests can have and hold at the reception, something they can keep as a souvenir of the day. That's where charitable donation cards come in.
You want to do more than just hand out slips of paper to let your guests know about the donation though. By adding some decorative paper and a bow, you can turn a basic card into a sweet gift that guests can unwrap. Here's how:
- Flat cards
- Decorative paper
- Twine or ribbon
To let guests know about your altruistic gesture, print out cards with the details of the charity to which you made a donation, and include a thank you for joining you on your special day. In your choice of computer program (I use Apple’s Pages), create a document the size of your flat cards; I used 4″ x 5½″ cards. I tried smaller RSVP-size cards first, but they were too small for my printer to print on. Type in the information (here are some wording options), select a font and design your card; then print. If you’re having your wedding invitations printed professionally, you should be able to order these as part of your suite.
Next, cut your decorative paper to size. I used a natural paper with inclusions; it was given to me by someone, so I'm not 100 percent certain, but I believe it's a banana-fibre paper. My sheets were roughly 8½″ x 11″, so I was able to make one cut to get them the right size — I just cut each sheet in half lengthwise. If your flat cards and/or decorative paper are different sizes than what I've used here, you'll have to measure out what works for your favours. The decorative paper should be approximately 1″–1½″ thinner than the width of the flat card; the length should be 3 times the height of the card, minus 1"–2".
Place decorative paper face down, then centre the printed card face up atop it. I eyeballed it, but if you have trouble with this, measure and mark your placement first. Next, fold up the bottom, then the top of the decorative paper to wrap the card. If you're using a heavier-stock paper, you may want to measure, score and fold the paper before wrapping it around the card; the paper I used is almost tissue-like and was easy to fold without doing so.
Cut your twine approximately 4 times the height of the flat card. Tie in a bow around the card wrapped in decorative paper, then trim ends to length. If you have trouble keeping the paper in place as you tie the twine around it, use a small piece of double-sided tape or a Glue Dot to keep the paper in place.
Repeat for each favour. Put the favours at each place setting for the dinner, or place in a decorative vessel at the entrance to the reception, near the seating cards or guest book.
ASSEMBLY TIP When you're making hundreds, or even just dozens of charitable donation favours, make it easier on yourself by enlisting some friends to help out. Set up an assembly line where each person does one part — one person does all the cutting, another the folding and a third the bow-tying.