While we have our hands in almost every detail of the wedding planning process, we very rarely chime in on gift registries. We'd like to change that. Since it is the season of giving, the idea of contributing to a charity or a humanitarian effort or something greater than oneself is even more poignant for us. What better opportunity to give back to the world than with your wedding registry. Our fellow wedding colleague and friend Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events, a boutique studio specializing in intimate events, is the founder of The Good Beginning, an online registry for donating to charitable causes throughout the world. It is a truly beautiful and noble concept— a place where couples begin their marriage by doing good.
Beth noticed a glaring gap in the wedding registry market for a specialized charitable platform designed to suit the needs of the soon-to-be married couples and their wedding guests. Having volunteered with various local organizations in her home city of Los Angeles and on mission trips internationally, Beth knows the work and heart that goes into giving back.
The Good Beginning has over 300 charities accessible through the site! Beth says, "The ‘popularity’ of charities really follows what’s happening in the world around us—right now, many couples are choosing to support organizations that provide services for refugees and protect women’s rights, for example. The number of organizations we support grows daily, and we are so thankful to be broadening the impact of this program."
So how does it work? Couples upload a photo of themselves on The Good Beginning, and a bit about themselves and the charity or charities they have chosen to support. This personal story will help guests understand why the charity is meaningful to you as a couple. This special profile can be searched and accessed through the homepage of The Good Beginning. Just as you could add a Crate & Barrel link to your registry section on your wedding website, your personal Good Beginning registry profile can be shared just as easily.
This is a concept we will gladly share with our clients in an effort to spread the good in the world.
Photo of Beth courtesy of Steve Steinhardt