As you may have guessed from this Kenyan elopement inspiration board I’m really intrigued by the idea of eloping somewhere exotic to get married. (Be sure to check out this post before doing so though since it has some pros and cons you should definitely consider!) But what I’ve become even more intrigued by is ‘brides bringing hope’ – meaning, brides and grooms using their wedding to not only bring happiness to their own lives, but hope to the lives of others.
There are LOADS of ways to do this, and it’s easier than you think. You can choose to support vendors who give back to the community, donate the leftovers from your reception to your local food bank, donate your wedding dress after you’ve worn it to a bride in need, give your floral centerpieces and other wedding flowers to hospitals, and instead of asking for gifts (or as wedding favors) support a charity of your choice by either asking guests to make a donation in you and your fiancé’s names, or using your wedding favor budget to help those in need.
Burnett’s Boards is so pleased to be partnered with Uweza Aid Foundation. Locked away in Kenya is Africa’s largest slum – Kibera, and that’s where Uweza does its wonderful work. Uweza works within the community to bring soccer programs, journalism clubs, art classes, tutoring programs, and educational scholarships to the children living in this impoverished area and doing a little bit to help is so easy! Mosquito nets, storybooks, backpacks filled with school supplies, and medication can be had for what you’d spend on wedding favors, and just so that you don’t send your guests home empty handed there are printable cards to explain your donation and the good it’s bringing!
One idea that I’m particularly in love with is sponsoring a child for each of your bridesmaids! Wouldn’t that be sweet? But what really inspired this wedding inspiration board were these gorgeous paintings from the children in Uweza’s art program:
Aren’t they great? Brides-to-be: I hope you’ll consider becoming one of the ‘Brides Bringing Hope’ and let us know in the comments below if you have any other great ideas for ways to use your wedding to give back!
photo credits: Amanda Wakeley wedding dress // coffee and cupcake photographed by Kristen Anna // African style decor via Puro Deco // infinity scarf from Bark Decor on Etsy // macaroons photographed by Abby Tries Again // shoes via This is Glamorous, photographed by Deborah Jaffe // daffodil bouquet from Creature Comforts Blog, photographed by Erica Zanicky Photography.