I’m no ‘royal watcher’ but did find of interest a report that Prince William and Kate Middleton are considering asking guests at their wedding (scheduled for April 29th) to make donations to charitable organizations instead of sending wedding gifts, according to Metro.co.uk. The royal couple indeed ‘will have access to tremendous wealth’ (according to an Associated Press story) and ‘are said to be determined to make sure their wedding is not seen as overly ostentatious at a time when the British economy is hurting.’
At a time when people there in the UK and here in the US and worldwide have been hurting due to the economic recession, a royal wedding that uses the ‘learning to live with less’ philosophy seems wise, from a public relations standpoint. There are indeed reports of public transportation strikes in the London Underground on April 29th, notes the Guardian, while other rumors say that Middleton ‘will be arriving at Westminster Abbey by car as opposed to a carriage.’
Personally, I think it’s just a good idea to consider. I rather wish we had done the same at our wedding, 17 years ago. Like more and more couples, Jim and I already had plenty of our own ‘household/small appliance’ sort of items; had plenty of ‘stuff.’ We really did not need the four rice cookers, boxes of flatware and crystal and ceramic serving platters, and ornate candlesticks and salt and pepper shakers that we received (though those fake wood tray tables a distant relative on my father’s side gave us have come in handy over the years—you never know when you need a tray table). We’ve moved several times around the country, for jobs and in order to find a school district with a good school program for our now-teenage autistic son Charlie, and had to lug all those wedding gifts around. We’ve never used many (those champagne flutes……) and never will. I just packed up three boxes and have plans to donate all of it to someone who will really need and use it all.
Why not get a start in your life together by giving to organizations that offer something to causes you believe in?
Any thoughts of which charities that you might like to recommend, in lieu of wedding gifts to the royal couple?
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