Of all of the traditions associated with weddings, none carries with it more potential controversy than the wedding registry. Some couples don't even think about it -- it's just one more responsibility to deal with. Other couples get excited about it! Who doesn't like getting gifts? Then there are the couples who specifically choose not to create a registry or ask that their wedding guests donate to a charity in their names.
There is, however, another option that lets you choose gifts AND give money to worthy charities. The I Do Foundation has established partnerships with a number of national chain department stores that donate between 3% and 6% of the purchase price of the gifts on your wedding registry to charities that you pre-select. The best part? It doesn't cost you or your guests anything -- the mixers, flatware, and everything else you like best are the same price they'd be in a regular store.
Once you start your gift registry with any of the partner stores, you can manage and change your registry online or in the store in accordance with the guidelines the individual store has established. You don't have to stick to one store, though. You can register with as many I Do Foundation partner stores as you like, and we're talking regular stores like Target and Linens-n-Things.
Registering with the I Do Foundation is a great way to compromise if you don't particularly want to set up a registry, but your family and friends are bugging you to create one. They don't run the risk of buying you something you don't want, and you can rest easy knowing that at least some portion of the price of your gifts is going to help a good cause.
Click for more information about setting up a wedding registry or a charitable wedding registry