After a somewhat crazy start to the New Year, it’s nice to share something new that is purely GOOD. If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a look at our friend Beth’s newest venture The Good Beginning & be sure to share it with your friends, bridesmaids and other all around do-gooders out there!

From Beth Helmstetter Events
The Good Beginning is a a new online registry where couples who either have everything they could ever want or simply want to start their wedding off by giving back, can register for donations to their favorite charities in lieu of or in addition to the typical salad bowl or toaster. The registry allows couples to either choose from a list of featured organizations or upload their own personal favorites and then create a personal portal that they can embed into your wedding website or share directly with guests. Alternatively guests can also go to the site and search for each couple by name. In addition to the registry feature, The Good Beginning will feature fashion, design and wedding planning tips on how to easily plan a socially conscious wedding including ideas like this post on Ethiopian bridesmaids gifts where one bride gave each bridesmaid a pendant that pays 6 months worth of salary for a teacher in Ethiopia.

We love this concept as there is no time like the beginning of a marriage to start the ritual of giving back and doing good in the world.

Register or learn more at

Alyssa + Laura