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Destination I Do
Monday, October 20, 2014

Register For A Cause

Words by Ku'ulei Zalopany
Photos courtesy of Ten Thousand Villages

With wedding season just around the corner, soon-to-be weds alike are piecing the plans of their wedding puzzle together, in hopes of finally getting to their Destination I Do. With so many components to this exciting, yet sometimes stressful time, there isn’t anything more enjoyable than the idea of your friends, family and loved ones shopping for gifts that you and your soon-to-be husband have already picked out. Yes, I’m talking about the bridal registry. The bridal registry is a time where you and your almost hubby have the profound joy of picking out items you both want and need to start your wonderful new lives together. It is an absolutely indulging moment that should be nothing short of fun.

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To begin, couples have many different options as to where they can choose to register. Although there are a number of factors that go into choosing the perfect place for a bridal registry, why not choose a place that will not only benefit you and your soon-to-be hubby, but can provide the opportunity for you to give back as well? Ten Thousand Villages is a unique registry that offers an eclectic collection of high-quality, handcrafted home décor, art, tabletop items and other gifts. Not to mention, registering with Ten Thousand Villages provides the opportunity to give back. As America’s first and largest fair-trade retail organization, Ten Thousand Villages benefits thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 different countries by providing a fair, stable income and market for their unique handcrafted products. The profits of these products go towards providing food, education, healthcare and housing for those very artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.

From Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, Ten Thousand Villages strives to meet the "triple bottom line" of economic, environmental and social sustainability; while producing exceptionally made handcrafted pieces for your home.  For the past 65 years, Ten Thousand Villages has brought their distinct, one-of-a-kind products to the homes of newlyweds around the world. At the same time, they have also given back to the artisans who created these special products for you to own. The road to your wedding is one of the most exciting and special times you and your fiancé will go through, and the gifts you receive from your bridal registry represent the new beginnings you soon-to-be weds will experience. So, why not register with Ten Thousand Villages? Receive gifts which are just as unique and special as your love, and feel good knowing you were able to give back.

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