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For Vendors: Strategizing Giving Back with Your Business

In the last year and a half we have been at this wonderful thing called Black Sheep Bride, we have received hundreds and hundreds of applications from vendors sharing ways they give back. It is always so impressive and inspiring, but I am always left intrigued by the ways people give so differently. Some are liberal with their giving and choose to donate, serve, help out whenever they see the opportunity arise, while others a bit more strategic in their giving and have a very thought out plan on how their business will effectively help others throughout the year!
There are 3 basic ways your business can begin giving back right now! It is up to the business owner to identify in what ways they want to give. Here is the breakdown:
1. Using your Time/Skill to serve others, ex. if you are a photographer donating your photography skills to capture a charity event;
2. Using your Product, ex. donating x amount of cupcakes to a charity each month;
3. Using your Profit and donating to a cause directly related to you, your passions and convictions.
In whatever way you choose to give, make sure you share your giving, write about it, capture the giving, not only do potential clients want to see your business is involved in the community, you could very well start a movement of giving in your own little circle of influence. IT’S WORTH IT!
If you are looking for wedding vendors and products that have a heart for giving back, please check out our BSB Vendor Directory, over at our BSB Market. Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 10.40.57 AM
Here are a few examples of ways vendors are helping others with their time, product, &/or profits:
In 2016 our goal is to sponsor another Living Water International water well!
Kate Franzen, Glint Events
Our team at Glint Events takes time out each month to volunteer at FeedMore in Richmond, VA.  Whether it’s packing up lunches in backpacks for kids or assembling meals to be delivered to those in need, we make sure to be there every last Wednesday of the month with our hairnets, aprons, and gloves.  We are thankful for all that we have, so we understand the importance of giving our time to make sure others can get what they may not be lucky enough to have. In the world of event planning, it can be easy to get lost in the unnecessary purchases and emotional decisions, so giving back to the community helps to keep us grounded. Not only that, but it’s a nice team-building activity and it gets us out of the office for an afternoon while still doing something meaningful.
 Audrey Isaac, 100 Candles
We take pride in our community involvement and are always looking for ways to give back. Most recently, we donated  candles for a vigil to honor the victims of the San Bernardino tragedy. In addition, we donated candles as of late for a memorial in Hollywood to commemorate John Lennon’s birthday. We’ve also partnered with the Mea’Alofa Autism Support Center, where they use our hydro orbs in sensory classes with children.
Jennifer Taylor, Taylor’d Events
Each year in Seattle, we have a group that creates a wedding garage sale  so couples have an area location to donate. The proceeds go to Get Hitched Give Hope, which gives money to the Young Survivor Coalition and Dream Foundation. In the past, we have also donated on behalf of our clients to Northwest Harvest, which is a statewide hunger relief agency in Washington.
(Photo Credit: Laura Marchbanks Photo)
Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting
With my company (OFD Consulting), we have traded end-of-the-year client gifts for donations to particular charities on behalf of our clients. We select the charities yearly (2-3) and while we have one in particular that we always donate to Prevent A Litter, and others. This year we have plans to also create a Service Day 1-2x annually with our new team, where we take a (paid) day off to give back locally.
We offer weekly photos at the animal shelter and then quarterly photo booths for charity to help with particular dogs vet bills.
Shelya Quimby, Aerie Lane
We commit to giving to one organization per month and have a standard giveaway package.
Now that you’ve been inspired by these wedding vendors and products that have a heart for giving back, check out our BSB Vendor Directory, over at our BSB Market for more amazing examples of others with hearts to help others, as well!

Black Sheep Bride BOGO Exclusive- BUY 1 Year Listing & Give 1 Year Listing

It’s that time of year again friends! Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… and our most favorite of all … GIVING TUESDAY! Giving Tuesday is the global holiday devoted to donating to a charity of your choosing. In honor of our favorite day of the year, and with the onset of our upcoming new Black Sheep Bride Market Launch, we are offering a one-time Giving Tuesday Exclusive, from now through 12/1/15! bogooffer If your wedding business, service, or social enterprise product/ brand would like to participate in this one-time offer and send a girl to school for a year, with your intentional wedding advertising investment ($250 annual commitment). Complete the vendor application here and proceed with your payment here. We are excited to see how the wedding community will impact the lives of so many this Giving Tuesday, with their conscious consideration of cause-minded intentionality. #WeddingChangeforWorldChange #Advertisewithpurpose *This offer is non-refundable and expires on 12/1/15. All participating vendor listings will be published on 01/01/15. It is the vendor’s responsibility to fill out and update their profiles and to give the additional listing to a qualified (pledging to give back 10% of their time, product, profit to a non-profit) vendor/product/brand by 12/31/15.*  

Inspiration – Necklaces for the Needy – Wedding Accessories that Give Back.

Necklaces! There is nothing more monumentally important in a girl’s wedding day details quite like her accessories… And these awesome jewelry & accessory companies use every purchase to fulfill equally awesome purpose! 1.Lydali, Monogram Necklace, $30, Made and manufactured right here in the USA… Employing and Restoring women off the streets of Nashville and giving them an opportunity to live a better life. 2. The Giving Keys, Never Ending Necklace, $55,  Employing those transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles… with repurposed keys jewelry. 3. Noon Day Collection, Minted Necklace, $28, Empowering artisans around the globe, in Uganda, Ethiopia and Ecuador through jewelry. 4. 31 bits, Havana Trim, $42, Giving displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to combat poverty through fashion. 5. Rose & Fitzgerald, Golden Spikes, $88, Works with master hand-craftsmen in Africa to create and curate unexpected, beautiful pieces mixing traditional craft with a stylish flair. 6..Trades of Hope, Sorbet Teardrops, $36, Empowers women to create sustainable businesses worldwide.   necklaces