7 Ways To Support Your Favourite Charity On Your Wedding Day

More and more people are choosing to support a charity in some way on their wedding day. Whether it’s a charity that has helped you or a loved one and you want to give something back or one that raises money or awareness for something close to your heart, there are some great ways to get your guests involved and raise funds.

Favours – Many charities offer wedding favours such as pin badges, name place cards, wrist bands, flower seeds and trolley coins. They can be purchased from the charities directly and given out on your wedding day (usually placed at each table place setting). It can be difficult deciding on unusual favours, this is a great way of giving your guests a little keepsake of the day whilst raising money for your chosen cause.

Free bar? Ask for donations – if you are having a free bar anyway why not place some collection boxes on the bar? You can either ask guests for a small donation each time they go to get a drink or a one off donation. Obviously this would be voluntary, nobody wants to feel pressured into giving money but most will be happy to make at least a small donation (especially if they are getting free drinks).

Donations in lieu of gifts – If you are the couple who have everything, this would be a really nice gesture. Many charities offer this service, you can set up a Justgiving page or Virgin money giving page where guests can make a donation instead of buying you a gift.

Donate wedding items to a charity shop – A great idea for those of you opting to do your own styling and decor. Items such as candlesticks, vases, mirrored plates, furniture, anything you buy yourself could be donated to a charity shop of your choice. If you want to go the whole hog (and are not too sentimental) you could also look at donating dresses, suits, shoes and hair accessories.

 

 

 

 

Have a collection – It might seem obvious but a simple collection on your wedding day is just as effective as any other fundraising method.  Most charities offer collection boxes which could be placed on each table, the bar or a table where the guest book is signed. Another way to get guests involved is by doing a best man’s sweepstake, ask your guests for a small donation to guess how long the best man’s speech will be.

Wedding party gifts – Some charities have a range of gift items available to purchase, ranging from pin badges to fashion and homeware. If you are on the lookout for gifts for parents, bridesmaids, best man etc, you may wish to take a look at what your favourite charity has to offer.

Invitations and ‘Thank You’ cards – Another example of how you can tick a job off your ‘to do’ list whilst supporting your favourite cause. There are several charities offering their own range of stationery. It’s something you will more than likely be buying anyway so why not ensure you’re money is going towards a good cause.

 

 

Below are details of ways in which you can help a small selection of charities. If you have a charity in mind (not featured below) a visit to their website should tell you all you need to know, failing that get in touch with them and discuss how you can work together.

 

Macmillan – Favours, invitations, just giving page, tribute fund in memory of someone you love. macmillan.org

Mind – Favours (pin badges, packs of sunflower seeds, place settings), donation envelopes, donations in lieu of gifts via just giving or virgin money giving page, best man sweepstake (download a template and ask guests to donate to guess the length of the best man speech). mind.org

British Heart Foundation – Favours (pin badges, wildflower seeds, favour boxes and bags), table cards, table confetti, bubbles, name place cards, table crystals. bhf.org

Alzheimers society  – Favours (pin badges, table cards), jewellery, collection boxes and envelopes, online giving page. alzheimers.org

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) – Favours (pin badges, personalised name cards, wildflower seed sticks), donations in lieu of gifts via justgiving page. gosh.org

Dogs Trust – Doggy bandanas (‘best dog’ or ‘dog of honour’), favours (pin badges and cards). dogstrust.org

Parkinsons UK – Favours (pin badges and backing cards), gift items (may be suitable for bridesmaids etc). parkinsons.org

Cancer Research – Favours (pin badges and cards, forget me not flower seeds, tie pins, cuff links). cancerresearchuk.org

Epilepsy Action – Favours (personalised favour cards, pin badges, wristbands, trolley coins), place name settings, ‘thank you’ cards, gift envelopes. epilepsy.org

Unicef – Favours (Unicef do things a little differently in that you can choose what you would like each donation to go towards. You can choose from clean water tablets, mosquito nets, emergency food, vitamin sprinkles, school supplies, school pencils and measles vaccines. You can then choose favour cards which will state what each donation has gone towards). They also sell a range of jewellery, fashion, home decor and gift items which could be purchased as gifts for your wedding party. unicef.org

 

 

 

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Creator of A Stylish Marriage, I completed a Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design after a career in Nursing. I have always had a love of weddings and wanted to explore my creative side a bit more. My aim with the blog is to inspire and guide couples as they embark on their wedding planning journey.

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