What does wedding planning have to do with sticking up for farmers?

Aaron and I have been planning our wedding for over a year now.

As of today, we’re 107 days away from starting our life together and there’s so much left to do.

Being a farm girl, I couldn’t bring myself to hire someone to do anything I knew I could do myself.

The next three months will be full of “Do-It-Yourself” projects like making invitations, printing programs and assembling centerpieces, bouquets and corsages.

Since I’m taking on so much of the wedding myself, I found several blogs and wedding forums for ideas and resources.

One of these forums is an iPhone app called Wedding 911. It was created by The Knot, one of every brides’ go to wedding resources.

I downloaded this app for getting wedding advice from other brides but I never thought I would be sharing my agriculture story on it!

Last week, a bride posted a question asking if she should make a donation to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) instead of giving out wedding favors.

In case you don’t live and breathe wedding planning (which I hope you don’t, its making me crazy!), a new trend is to donate to a charity instead of giving your guests favors.

I resisted the urge to jump on my soapbox as soon as I saw this post because I wanted to see how others would respond.

Did other brides know the truth about HSUS? Did they think this donation would help animal shelters? Did they know the contribution would support lobbying efforts against animal agriculture?

I watched other brides respond that they thought it was sweet and how much they loved their own shelter rescue dogs and cats.

That’s when I realized that these ladies had no idea what HSUS was all about. I had to set the record straight. So I posted:

“I think donating to an animal shelter is a great idea! Just make sure you donate to a local shelter.

The Humane Society of the United States is one of the most dishonest non-profits out there!

Their commercials show shelter puppies but they don’t own or operate any pet shelters. They really use your donations for lobbying! Its really sad with so many homeless animals out there!

If you donate to your local shelter then you know you’re actually helping animals in need.

If you want to know more about what HSUS really does you should check out www.HumaneWatch.org

Suddenly, other brides started chiming in to support what I said.

One person explained that they had volunteered at a shelter in college and they relied only on the donations of the local community.

Another bride said she was asking her guests to buy gifts for a local pet shelter instead of the couple. She said she had registered at Pets Mart for dog food, kitty litter and other pet supplies because she wanted to make sure her guests didn’t accidentally give money to HSUS.

The bride who had originally posed the question said she had visited the Humane Watch website and was so appalled at what she learned that she would make her donation to a local shelter.

When I downloaded the Wedding 911 app, I never expected to be teaching people the truth about HSUS.

I never thought I’d have the chance to share the truth about an organization dedicated to putting family farms out of business.

Sometimes we don’t have to go looking for a way to stick up for farmers, sometimes it finds us in the most unexpected places.

About Celeste

Celeste grew up on a family beef cattle and show pig farm in Western Kentucky. In addition to farming and life as a restaurant wife, Celeste owns Celeste Communications where she works as a photographer, graphic designer, videographer and consultant. This blog is Celeste's personal soapbox. Any ranting or raving is her own and does not reflect the opinions of any of her clients. All photos and posts are copyrighted property of Celeste Communications.


What does wedding planning have to do with sticking up for farmers? — 15 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this story! I think it is so critical to be aware of ways we can share about agriculture in our lives, even when we aren’t doing something specifically agricultural-related. Even those of us who live and breathe agriculture have other interests (like wedding planning for you) that naturally brings us into contact with people who may not have an agricultural background.
    Great job!

  2. Great way to talk the walk, Celeste!! When I hear from consumers how they donate to HSUS, I gently inform them that if they REALLY want to contribute to animal care, they should donate to their local shelter as HSUS dollars go for items other than animal care!

    Send me an email and I’ll share my FB page info to show you how country kids marry–my daughter just got married last year, and the reception was in a 100+ yr. old converted cattle barn. The pictures were fabulous and the day was one we’ll all remember–two country kids, one barn, and a tractor and hayrack to bring the wedding party in to the reception!!

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  4. This was such a great post! Planning a wedding myself: A) I am also going crazy, and B) I’m also amazed at the way my agriculture background affects my choices. Thanks for sharing, and good luck with DIY projects!

  5. Thank you for telling your story. More people need to learn the truth about HSUS. We in agriculture need to tell our own story, or there will always be someone else to tell it their way. Congrats on your upcoming wedding.

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  8. Brandi- Thanks! If I had to guess I’d say either planning your own wedding or Australia. ;)

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