Early in my planning process, I decided that we weren’t going to have favors. As much as I love how personalized favors can be, I wanted ours to be “more” than just little gifts for our guests to bring home. I wanted it to mean something.
My Nonna has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. It’s in its final stages: she now doesn’t recognize anyone, isn’t able to follow or contribute to a conversation, needs help to bathe, go to the washroom, and eat. She needs round the clock care, and has been placed in a nursing home for the past three years because of this. It breaks my heart, but we can’t have my Nonna attend the wedding. She is afraid to leave the nursing home, and this wedding – all the people, the different place, the duration of it – would be too much for her.
My Nonna and I, Dec 08
Howdy garden! I’m here to spread the word about the White Hot Hope initiative — a month-long, nationwide program to help women and children in need find their “happily ever after”. White Hot Hope is sponsored by Brides magazine and supports two really great charity organizations: Operation Smile and Dress for Success.
Both the fiance and I are really excited about the big day, but we knew we wanted to make it truly special and unique and not just all about us. Having 15 minutes at the ceremony of everyone’s attention on us is already a lot. Therefore, we wanted to figure out a way that we can use the rest of the time not only to celebrate our marriage, but to also focus on giving back to the community. At the same time, we wanted to make sure to ensure our guests have a great time! After some thought, we decided that instead of a traditional wedding reception, we would host a casino event for our guests in which all proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.