Brides & Grooms for the Greater Good: Donating Dinner

It’s a great day to give.

But isn’t every day? Let’s discuss weddings y’all; these grandiose functions in which our loved ones gather to watch us exchange emotional I Do’s.


All that romantic bologna is well & good, but you know what guests focus on: food, flowers, fireball shots, fun, favors. We put SO much emphasis on the STUFF. I’m not knocking dropping a handful of Benjamins on French Bulldog silhouette place cards *smiles nervously* or splurging on a pair of red bottoms to walk down the aisle – it is the biggest, best day of your life, you know. But the amount of time and money (and frustration-induced panic attacks) that go into planning is elaborate to say the least! When the guests putter out of the reception and the DJ packs up his equipment, the day begins to fade. We put so much emphasis into these details, into this day, to make it memorable. Let’s leave a bigger impact – bigger than wowing our guests with extravagant ice sculptures and top shelf liquor.

The next 5 blog posts are part of my Brides & Grooms for the Greater Good series.

We’ll explore minor ideas and decisions that can majorly affect your community in a positive way. To start, I’m dishing the deets on donating your leftovers!

Michelle Dransart Wildflower Studio

Michelle Dransart Wildflower Studio

The biggest expense of our budget? The grub.

I’d hate to see $65 crumpled up carelessly and tossed into the nearest trash can, so you best believe I’m looking for an alternative fate for our chicken piccata and filet! Did you know that you can donate your wedding leftovers to a local homeless shelter? Instead of feeding the venue’s dumpster, your leftovers can become someone’s saving grace. First, ask your caterer if they already partner with a food rescue program. Explain that you’d like to participate and discuss the details as far as coordinating quick transportation post-buffet. Some food banks only accept canned or completely fresh food (per safety regulations) but if your food has been stored properly and hasn’t spoiled, you can find a shelter who will gladly take it off your hands. Make sure you have designated a driver (your caterer, planner, etc.) who can take the food and deliver it to the shelter immediately following the reception.

If your caterer does not work with a local shelter, get Googlin’ y’all.

Use the Homeless Shelter Directory to find local food banks and begin communicating with them at least three weeks prior to the big day. Even if they can’t take a rack of lamb that’s been sitting out for a few hours, they can take extra utensils, paper products, water bottles and unopened refreshments. This is a great way to alleviate you and your groom from having just one more dilemma to work out in addition to giving back to your community.

begin your marriage with lots of love, kind hearts and a leftover-free refrigerator.

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