With wedding expenses as high as they are, it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to save. After your wedding, consider donating leftovers and lightly used items to charity. Not only will you help the less fortunate, you can potentially reduce your tax bill by $1,000s.

Important Note: you can only take deductions for these donations if you itemize deductions on your taxes. As well, make sure to obtain receipts from the non-profits to document your donations.

Donate leftover food
The morning after your wedding, donate leftover food and cake to those in need of a meal. Meals on Wheels and Feed the Children are just two of many organizations that bring meals to those who cannot feed themselves. Any food still in the package can be donated to your local food bank. For a comprehensive list of charities for food donations, see http://www.bonappetit.com

Donate your wedding dress
Every Girl's Dream is one of many organizations that accepts donations of wedding clothes. Donating your wedding dress is an easy choice because you (hopefully) will never ne wearing one again, and an expensive dress can bring a large tax deduction. In addition to wedding dresses, consider donating other wedding attire, such as bridesmaid, flower girl, and mother of the bride dresses.

Register with a charity and donate wedding gifts
You can make a big difference when you register with your favorite charity in lieu of gifts. A note about taxes: when you register with a charity, your guests are the ones making the donation, so they are the ones who can claim the tax deduction; however you may deduct donations of physical gifts and wedding favors. In addition, consider donating duplicate or other gifts after your wedding. Making a donation for your wedding favors is another popular way to give back.