New-Bookmarks-There’s no denying that in today’s world, weddings can cost an arm and a leg. Over the years they’ve become a big business involving thousands of Euro. Truth is that weddings are really big occasions with big meanings, and therefore many justify breaking the bank to celebrate.

Souvenirs, or as they are referred to in some countries, wedding favours, might not be one of the highest costs on the list of wedding expenses. They are however high on the list of headaches when it comes to deciding what type and what kind to choose.

Here’s an original way of saving yourself the hassle of choosing the perfect souvenir and making your big day count even more by giving away meaningful, eco-friendly favours that your guests will surly appreciate.

The custom of donating to charity as an alternative to wedding souvenirs might still be new to the Maltese Islands, but over the past few years it’s been steadily gaining popularity all over the world. Inspire – The Foundation for Inclusion which offers therapeutic, education and leisure services to many persons with disabilities, facilitates this good gesture by providing couples with wedding thank you cards to distribute to guests.

In this way family and friends are kept informed about the good deed and still have something to take home with them as a memory of a big day.

When deciding to go for a charitable donation as an alternative to souvenirs it is very important to choose the charity carefully. Opting for controversial donations like religious or political causes is not ideal. In order to ensure that your guests don’t feel cheated, the charity chosen needs to be one which the majority are likely to approve of or, which the couple or their families have some form of affiliation to outside the wedding.

The thank you bookmarks, such as those provided by Inspire, make it possible for the couple to be as discreet about their decision as possible. The cards give a full explanation so that neither the bride nor the groom would need to make public announcements. They also avoid having to plaster signs around the wedding reception hall, which could risk turning the event into what looks like a fundraiser.

But what if you’re already married, or don’t intend to get married in the near future? This gesture can be done whatever the occasion; whether it’s your anniversary, your birthday, a christening or any other type of celebration; donating to charity is always a great way to consolidate your joy, and to honour your guests for their presence and their love. Inspire also offers thank you cards open for all occasions.

So if you’re getting married, celebrate with a bang and make a long lasting difference to the lives of children with disabilities all over Malta. For more information contact Inspire on 20928100 or email

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