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Happy Wednesday everyone, today we are having a bit of a serious moment on the blog and thinking about the wedding gift list. In an age where we often have more than we want, let alone need, we are pleased to welcome Wedding Gifts in Action to the blog today to tell you all about how your wedding can help disadvantaged women and girls all over the world. Its a simple change to our more usual Wedding tradition, but one that I am wholeheartedly on board with, as it could change so many lives!
When it comes to wedding gift lists it can be a struggle to decide what to ask for. Couples can find themselves stressed about exactly what to include on their gift registry and the guests want to feel like what they are buying is worthwhile and meaningful for the couple.
If this sounds familiar and you’re looking for an original and unique gift list that will last a life-time then ActionAid, an international development charity working with women and girls in the world’s poorest places, could have just the thing you’re searching for.
Introducing Wedding Gifts in Action; ActionAid’s brand new gift registry which enables couples to build a personalised page complete with a bespoke list and totaliser. You can swap the saucepans and spice racks for school books, hygiene kits for girls and more life-changing gifts, as the money you raise could help change the lives of the poorest, most disadvantaged women and girls in the world, giving them access education, support and sustainable livelihoods.
Setting up a wedding registry with ActionAid couldn’t be easier. It’s perfect for the savvy bride who doesn’t want to spend hours on google. Simply choose your gifts and a theme for your page, upload your photo and bio, and you’ll instantly receive a link to share with your guests.
Then, ActionAid take care of the rest. Your page and custom totaliser will automatically update itself, you’ll get alerts, and guests will receive thank you emails.
And here’s a little bonus: ActionAid will send you wildflower seed favours for every guest as a thank you, so you can cross another thing off your list and concentrate on spending time quality time with your spouse to be! Win-win.
It’s not often that an online registry is completely bespoke to the couple, but with ActionAid you get to make it totally yours. You can choose the colours, the photo, and the wording. So whether you’re going for a blush and gold bohemian beach wedding or a jewel-toned garden party vibe, your registry will blend in seamlessly with your wedding’s unique style.
I love that you can choose gifts that reflect what you care about as a couple. Maybe you feel most strongly about the environment, in which case a climate-resilient chicken will be perfect for your list. Or perhaps education is your bag and your list will be made up of school books, literacy classes and a new classroom to empower girls in the world’s poorest places to learn, grow and make their own choices.
But what is really special about an ActionAid registry, is the way it will change lives, for good. ActionAid works with women and girls in the world’s poorest communities and they don’t walk away until they’ve achieved lasting change for girls like Rose, 16, from Kenya.
Rose was 13 when she found out her father was arranging for her to be married. She was scared and ran away to her paternal uncle, who was a chief. Her helped her and, with the support of ActionAid, Rose is now back in school and her mother, Salome, is part of an ActionAid supported girls’ forum, and advocates against violence and early child marriage.
The money you raise could help more girls like Rose, helping them to stay in school rather than marry at a young age. Each gift is life-changing, and together they will send a message of love, hope and unity on your wedding day.
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