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28 December 2013

Something old, something new

Something borrowed, something blue

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

When Tom and Brittany decided to tie the knot last year, they wanted to put a new twist on this old saying. They wanted to do something a bit different, and use their special day as a way to give back to their community.

Both in their 30s, and having lived solo for a few years, they already had everything they needed to set up house. The last thing they wanted was yet another toaster oven or set of sheets.

So they set up a wedding fund. Instead of buying presents for the happy couple, friends and family were encouraged to donate to the fund. By the time the confetti had settled, they had raised $10,000 – enough for a start-up fund at Vancouver Foundation. The money is invested by the Foundation, and the returns are distributed to the charities of Tom and Brittany’s choice.

According to, the average cost of a wedding in Canada is $20,000 to $30,000 – even higher if planned in a major city such as Vancouver or Toronto. Given that expense, many couples are looking at ways of incorporating their ideals and values into their special day, and weddings with a cause are becoming increasingly popular. Websites such as offer many ideas for newlyweds who want to make their ceremony more socially responsible.

For Tom and Brittany, starting a new life together was more than a chance to share their love; it was an opportunity to share their good fortune, and to put that silver sixpence to good use for the community at large.

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