Six (6) Wedding Vendors That Give Back

As a wedding planner, it’s my job to know a lot of great vendors. You never know when a client will need to rent a neon sign or have custom jewelry made. But with the holidays upon us, and it being “the season of giving”, I wanted to share six (6) wedding vendors that give back.

Some of the vendors on this list are actually nonprofits themselves, whereas others make giving back a priority in their business model. Whether it’s volunteering in-person, donating a portion (or all) of their sales, or habitually sponsoring local fundraising events, all of these vendors are passionate about helping others and not just during the holiday season. 

This past summer my husband and I renewed our vows for our 5-Year Wedding Anniversary and we used two vendors from this list: Brides For A Cause for my gown and the talented Tanner Wendell Stewart for our photographer. In fact, the cover photo for this blog post is from our vow renewal. 

If you’re like us and want to plan your event with intention, or simply want to support local businesses that make philanthropy a priority, here are six (6) wedding vendors that give back. 


Located in Historic Ballard, Cathedral is the only venue in the city that donates 100% of their profits to charity. Yes, you read that right. The best part? You get to choose where the donation goes, “so you can host an event and make the world a better place while you’re at it.” The venue itself is stunning, so it’s really a win-win situation for everyone involved. They have multiple levels, exposed brick, marble countertops, and wood floors. 

Although based in the PNW, Tanner and Maria Wendell Stewart travel the world for weddings. They also travel the world to volunteer, capturing images for nonprofits like One Child Matters and Krochet Kids. Not only is their work phenomenal, but they have some of the biggest hearts I have ever met. Tanner and Maria captured our vow renewal for us last summer, seen here. To view their work overseas in Africa and Peru, click here. 

FareStart is a nonprofit that aims to end the cycle of homelessness by providing job training and resources to people with barriers. Their culinary program teaches meaningful skills that enables individuals to gain employment and have a successful and fulfilling career in the food industry. By hiring FareStart as your caterer, you’re supporting aspiring chefs and a great nonprofit. Plus, individuals who graduate from the program often get hired at one of FareStart’s restaurants or for catering. 

Sift & Gather is a baker located in Olympia, WA. Their wedding cakes are absolutely stunning and the owner Amber is not only talented but also a breath of fresh air. Her authenticity and down-to-earth vibes resonate in the desserts she bakes. She’s also a mother to a child with Type 1 Diabetes and donates proceeds from her Blue Heart Sugar Cookies to the nonprofit Beyond Type 1.  

Brides for a Cause is a nonprofit that collects used gowns and resells them. Their mission is to cut back on fast fashion, recycling dresses that often only get worn once, and donating proceeds to women focused charities. They keep an updated list of charities and donation amounts on their website and I absolutely love their transparency. The best part? They also have formal wear. Brides, bridesmaids, and mothers can all find their attire in one stop. I personally have gotten gowns from them in the past, including my vow renewal dress as seen in the cover photo for this blog post.

CitySoundWave is a DJ and Photo Booth rental company that knows how to party. They also know how to give back. Every year they sponsor a fundraising event called Providence O’Christmas Trees that raises money for thousands of people in need of healthcare, housing and hospice. If you haven’t checked out the decorated Christmas Trees at El Guacho or The Westin Seattle, you totally should! Each tree is themed and it makes a great holiday outing for the family to go view them.