We were touched to receive an invitation a few months ago to the wedding of a college friend and his long-time girlfriend. They're a wonderful couple, and it meant a lot to us that they'd include us in their celebration. We were even more moved, however, when we went to get them a present from their registry and found that in lieu of traditional gifts, they had requested contributions to three of their favorite charitable organizations.
What an incredible choice they had made. They stood to benefit greatly from their friends' and families' generosity around their wedding, but decided to re-direct that generosity towards charitable causes they believed in. The selflessness and compassion reflected in that decision really impressed us.
This was our first exposure to what we soon learned was a growing trend of charitable wedding registries, and it's an amazing trend indeed. Given that it's still in its early stages, however, it has some kinks etiquette-wise that a lot of couples may not initially think of. Most significantly, couples who do the work of identifying a specific charity to benefit with their registry may be disappointed when they realize that, in all likelihood, it doesn't offer a way to keep them informed about resulting donations. This can lead to challenges for those couples who want to be diligent about their thank you notes (and we're pretty sure that all couples who would think to register with a charity in the first place fit within this group).
Before Power of Deduction, you had two options for dealing with this, and they were both pretty bad: send guests directly to the general donation pages for your preferred charities and ask them to just let you know when they've made a gift, or call on a third party to serve as an intermediary and keep you informed, understanding that that third party's fees will reduce the amount going to those charities by about 13%. Our friends chose option one, and the resulting email we had to send after donating was embarrassing—like a thinly veiled request to be thanked. But the notion of ignoring their instruction and leaving them uncertain as to whether we gave in the first place didn't seem right either.
We had all of this in mind when we designed what we think is a substantially better option for couples looking to make charity part of their wedding registries. True, we aren't the only service that can keep you informed regarding gifts to your registry so that your guests don't have to send those awkward emails. But we are the only one whose methods enable us to add to the amounts we receive, not subtract from them, when we pay the money forward to charities serving your preferred causes.
We're delighted to be part of the charitable wedding registry movement at Power of Deduction. It's hard to imagine a more satisfying group of people to work with than couples looking to use their weddings to make a meaningful difference with their preferred charitable cause, and we're proud to offer them what we're confident is one of their best means for doing so.