Ideas for Charities
If you'd rather give than receive on your special day, Martha Stewart Weddings has some great ideas for charitable registry gifts.
GlobalGiving.com: Love animals? Provide shelter for neglected horses, or help feed orphaned baby cheetahs.
IDoFoundation.org: Crazy for kids? Give to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, or gift children with books.
JustGive.org: Eco-minded? Support your national parks, or even donate fruit trees to underprivileged families.
Alternatively, you can contact a charity directly and try to strike your own deal allowing guests to make donations; be sure the organization will notify you of contributions so you can acknowledge the gifts. Under both scenarios, "the person who gets the tax deduction is the one who writes the check," says Greg Rosica, a tax partner with Ernst & Young in Tampa.