Bringing Hope not just Hops to your Wedding.

Authored by: Rinette Emerson
July 31, 2013

According to a recent survey the average age of a newlywed couple is 33. This means that many brides and grooms are financially established before their wedding. Some are homeowners, and most own all the appliances, coffee mugs and cutlery they can use. In fact, many have two of everything! As a result many socially conscious couples are requesting donations be made to their favorite charities instead of handing out wedding favors or receiving gifts.

Selecting a charity or charities which reflect your values can be a bit of a challenge, unless “life” makes the choice a simple one – such as losing a loved one to a specific disease. You must do your homework on each charity you ask your guests to support, but don’t worry if you don’t garner unanimous support for your decision and/or your charities of choice. You’ll find that most of your guests will support and admire your decision to “give back”. But even if some don’t agree with your choices, this is your day so your beliefs and desires will be respected.

Many of the larger charities, www.cancer.cawww.diabetes.cawww.lung.ca, recognize this growing trend and have developed “Wedsites” to accommodate this form of charitable giving, making it a very easy gift option for wedding guests.Donations need not end on your wedding. Encourage your caterers to donate the leftover food to homeless shelters; your wedding party can drop off flowers at hospitals or nursing homes, and the bride and bridesmaids can donate their dresses (www.thebridesproject.com) to those less fortunate. These little-known options can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Is charitable giving something you would consider in lieu of giving wedding favours or receiving gifts? What do you think?

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About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist! You can follow her on LinkedIn.

 

Author Website: https://www.enduringpromises.com


HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

Authored by: Rinette Emerson
July 1, 2013

It’s due to be a hot one today, really hot…but don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Being from South Africa I grew up basking in the sun and the heat, and it’s something I pine for by the time March rolls around.

I just returned from an early morning run, (don’t say it, I know) and I’m sitting in my family room organizing my thoughts for the next blog. I’m all set to write about the transportation challenges on the wedding day, when I notice a beautiful cardinal in my yard. At the same time a boy goes by wearing “A Proud to be Canadian” t-shirt.

What am I doing – it’s Canada Day. Why am I locked inside writing a wedding blog? It’s time to put the keyboard away, be thankful for my new homeland and enjoy the blessings that come with living in such a great country.

So to all of us who have a choice, turn your computer off and enjoy the Canada Day holiday. The work can wait until tomorrow – the cardinal may not.

About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist! You can follow her on LinkedIn.

 

Author Website: https://www.enduringpromises.com


Sara and Tom

Hi Jim (Emerson),

Tom and I would like to thank you again for the wonderful job you did officiating our ceremony. You were so professional and always made sure that Tom and I knew exactly what we were supposed to be doing. 

You are a wonderful Officiant and we would recommend you to anyone! Even our wedding party and parents commented on how great you were. 

 Thank you again! 

Sara and Tom

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