Issues With Philanthropy – Help With Our Wedding
I’ve been spending a lot of time with family and close friends over issues in the past few days trying to figure out what kinds of gifts I want. Don’t get me wrong; people have been calling me and asking me what Sam and I could like, what we could use. They have also been asking as discreetly as possible, mind you my parents for suggestions.
My parents, of course, have been turning it around and asking me without giving anything away. Bless them, but it wasn’t issues to guess why they were asking. I didn’t let on though. We discussed the typical ones and tried to come up with out-of-the-ordinary ideas. Not an easy thing to do!!!
Everything else seemed to be coming together quite smoothly. I was pretty much planning my own wedding with the guidance of my cousin who just happens to be a professional wedding planner. I couldn’t decide whether or not I really needed professional help. Between you and me this is going to be my third wedding. I don’t really count the first one.
I was young and foolish; we eloped, and it lasted less than four months. My second one was better. I went through a superficial type of planning philanthropy with didn’t involve any more issues.
It was a small wedding with no issues
We had a nice ceremony and comfortable reception. The food was tasty, and the wedding favors were sweet. They were glazed-over small glass hearts with the saying, “Love’s much lovelier the second time around.” That’s what I thought at the time anyway. What did I know; I obviously hadn’t learned too much, let alone enough.
This third time had to be my lucky one. It just had to. I was older, more mature, and Sam was a tower of strength and wonderfully supportive. I simply had to make our wedding stop time for us in that moment when we were saying “I do.” And, I wanted our guests our friends and family to enjoy the evening almost as much as we were going to.
Thinking I was driving everyone close to me a little crazy trying to think of novel ideas for gifts. Little seemed to click with me until my friend Camdan suggested I get onto the internet and check out a website that could very well be the solution to my gift dilemma. Knowing that this was my third time around, she knew that most gifts could very well be duplicates as new as they might be.
I didn’t like the issues of clutter
I kept badgering her to tell me about the site, but she told me to stop being so lazy and look at it myself. Well, when I finally did I knew she was right and I, then and there, made her my new best friend.
The site was all about the concept of honeymoons and what goes into making them fantastic, sexy, fun, and sparing you the honeymoon couple the expense. Or at least a great part of the expense, of the honeymoon. It also gave me a couple of ideas for possible wedding favors.
The site was a virtual gift idea phenomenon
The intent focuses on giving people a variety of options to buy into paying for different aspects of a honeymoon. Some of the choices included paying in part or full towards: the hotel room/suite; spas visits for facials, massages, or the hair salon perhaps; meals (dining room or room service); car rentals; and/or anything else that hotels offer their guests. They also had comparable choices for cruises and all the amenities.
The list went on, but you get the idea
It’s something like a time-share except you get to keep your share. And the best part of it all; the selection and actual gift purchasing can all be done from the comfort of one’s home. 21 century living. Go figure.
After browsing through that, I started thinking about wedding philanthropy favors and how it can be solved without absolutely any issues. I wanted to give unique wedding favors that would be fun and memorable, and I came up with an idea that I believed would overall fit the bill. I was going to get those small ships inside bottles placed on birthstone colored stones with words embossed saying “thanks for the memories.”