Move over bridezillas, here comes ‘bridegivvas’
Instead of sending their 100 guests off with tea towels embossed with their smiling faces, or a flower pot with their inscribed wedding date, Brittni Switser and Raymond Ulger wanted to give something that might not end up in the bottom of a trash bin.
So they made a donation to VOW, a nonprofit organisation that works to end child marriages, on behalf of everyone who attended their August 30 wedding. “Marriage for us is waking up every day and making an active choice to love each other,” said Switser, 26, a quality control manager at a health care company in New York.
She and Ulger, who is also 26 and works as an auditor for the same health care company, have been together for seven years. “Girls should be able to grow up into their own selves and know who they are before making that giant leap to love someone else,” Switzer said. “I loved that VOW is doing that very important work.”
For their October 12 wedding, Amanda Whitehead and Matt Griswold are donating $400 to the American Cancer Society in honor of Griswold’s grandmother who died of lung cancer two years ago. The couple has also linked their registry on the Knot to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund.
“It seemed like such a simple thing to do to help kids in need,” said Whitehead, 28, a high school teacher from New Jersey. Bridezillas are certainly still around, but a kinder, gentler bride has also emerged. Rather than racking up expensive gift registries, they’ve gone all Harry and Meghan and requested charitable donations in their name or made their own donations.
Call them bridegivvas? “Modern couples are beginning to question the consumer-focused version of weddings, seeking to create celebrations with greater meaning,” said Karen Hopkins, a former wedding planner who last year started Bride Disrupted, which helps couples create meaningful weddings.
A 2018 NerdWallet survey of 1,992 adults found that 43% would rather donate to charity than give a gift. Hopkins encourages couples to determine a purpose for their wedding celebration. “If your wedding’s purpose is about building community, you could get together with your friends to complete a service project,” she said. Los Angeles: An ingestible sensor that allows doctors to remotely monitor patients’ intake of tuberculosis medicine could revolutionise its treatment and cure in India, which has the highest TB burden in the world, a study suggests.
A randomised controlled trial, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, involved the sensor connected to a paired mobile.
The trial produced superior results to directly observed therapy, where a healthcare worker watches the patient swallow medication.
Researchers from the University of California suggest that the technology could be a game changer in high prevalence countries where treatment adherence remains a stumbling block.
The trial demonstrates that Wirelessly Observed Therapy was reported as highly accurate in recording medication ingestion (99.3%), the researchers said. WOT consists of an ingestion sensor composed of minerals, a patch worn on the torso and a paired mobile device.
Rather than signing up for expensive gift registries or handing out unwanted party favours, many brides in the US are donating to charities