Monday, 23 November 2015

The Cost of a Wedding, in Humanitarian Terms

Samantha and Farzin, framed by the TORONTO sign @ City Hall
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When we think of weddings, we immediately think of a party to end all parties; we envision a beautiful dress, gorgeous flowers, course after course of the best food you'll ever taste, a photographer following you and capturing the day for posterity and, nowadays, a hashtag that breaks the internet. Recently, a Toronto couple who were to marry this upcoming March and had been planning their wedding for a year, were struck by the ongoing crisis in Syria and its human toll,  and decided to cancel their wedding and channel the money towards sponsoring a family instead.  Here is their story:

*~An Everlasting Wedding Gift: One Couple's Wedding Budget Helps Another Family's Circumstances~*

This story is heartwarming and timely, considering the state of world affairs. It's also a story of extreme selflessness. Samantha and Farzin ended up getting married in a smaller but no less special ceremony in October and are well on their way to raising the $27,000 needed. I love me a wedding from the dress, to the colours all the way to the last dance, but for me, this is probably my favourite wedding of the year, hands down!

And while what Samantha and Farzin did was so amazing but also, an amazingly BIG give,  any couple can find ways to give a little to a cause that is close to their hearts. It doesn't have to be a grand, sweeping gesture,  but just like our grandparents used to tell us, every little bit helps!  Whether it's a donation to your favourite charity in lieu of a wedding favour, having a mini-food drive at a shower, or a 50-50 draw at the Jack-and-Jill where the money raised benefits a cause that has a special place in your life, your love can be a catalyst for something amazing!

Wishing you a day as limitless as you are~
Lisa and April

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