“Christopher and I each had a great relationship with our respective grandfathers, and we were both terribly devastated when AD took over not only their lives, but ours as well. These great men had established a strong foundation of love, support and strength in our lives, and it was a tough moment for us when our grandfathers passed away. In their memory, we were both determined to incorporate their love into our wedding. For weeks, we researched ideas, but could not find any personally endearing means to include them on our wedding day. Every idea seemed either uncomfortable or simply just overbearing on our guests’ emotions. Thankfully, I came across a website one day that suggested something revolutionary.
In lieu of souvenirs, donations to the cause were collected on behalf of the couple. I was ecstatic - the idea was just perfect. Having a destination wedding in Mexico, we figured that carrying a suitcase of souvenirs, destined to be misplaced in the chaos, did not sound good. As a result, we thought it would be a great idea to use the money allocated for the souvenirs and donate it on behalf of our guests! HOW GREAT IS THAT! Everybody loved the idea, and we quickly got in contact with the Alzheimer's Association. They were so friendly and managed to send me donation cards that were to be used during the reception within TWO days!
Everything was working out great. The end product consisted of attaching the donation cards to the same maracas that guests had taken to celebrate with throughout the night. Everybody fell in love with the idea, and we could not have been happier. It reminded us of our grandfathers’ undeniable love for life and their strength in the face of new challenge.”
Thank you for considering making a donation in celebration of an upcoming wedding! You may wish to make a wedding tribute gift:
♦ in lieu of favors for guests and/or bridal party attendants
♦ to honor the bridal couple
♦ in lieu of wedding gifts at the request of the bridal couple
Our Association can provide place card-sized cards that are off-white with gold lettering. Each card is preprinted with the following:
To our family and friends
In lieu of a traditional favor, we have made a donation in your honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter. This non-profit organization is committed to improving the lives of over half a million people in New Jersey living with Alzheimer's disease or caring for someone with dementia. It is our way of saying “Thank You” for being part of our special day.
Love, [space to sign the card]
Suggested Donation - $5 per card.
Some wedding couples opt to create their own announcement of a memorial or honorary gift, such as a note in the service program, or framed letters on each guest table and/or a photo/poster on an easel at the reception. Couples are free to choose their donation amount if they create their own announcement to guests.
If you do wish to receive our place cards, please make your donation at least several months in advance to ensure we have a sufficient quantity of cards, and time to send them to you.
To make your gift, you may either call with a credit card number to our Denville office phone at 1.800.272.3900 or mail a check made payable to the Alzheimer’s Association to:
Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter