kenyan elopement

African elopement wedding inspiration board

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:

Kenyan artwork 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!

Part of the Brides Bringing Hope Series


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.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. What a wonderful cause! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love love love love love this! Although I will kill you if this means that Jen decides to elope in Kenya! 🙂

  3. I want that wallpaper.

  4. Lovely! I photographed a wedding in Zimbabwe 3 or 4 years ago and it was one of the best trips of my life. Such a beautiful country, but definitely a lot of people in need. Donating anything to such countries is such a fabulous idea!

  5. This is such a fun idea! I love the textures and patterns you pulled in and I would LOVE to see an exotic elopement!

  6. A beautiful board for a wonderful cause! My best friend is an art therapist who currently works in Zimbabwe, and this reminds me of her. She would love those paintings! I really like the idea of using a wedding as an opportunity to help others. We did a charity registry with the I Do Foundation, and I’m really glad that we did.

  7. This is a wonderful inspiration board. If you are going to elope, Kenya is the way to do it. Lovely colors!

  8. I read that Kenya was not supportive

  9. I read that Kenya is not supportive of gay marriage. I will be crossing this one off my list. But I do know where I will be adopting from.

    • That would not surprise me. I only have real extensive in country experience with Uganda and they are definitely anti same-sex marriage. It’s truly unfortunate 🙁