Want your big day to make someone elses? There are so many reasons why you might like to add a charity element to your day, from a collection in memory of a loved one, to a simple desire to give something back. Whatever the reason, it’s a fantastic thing to do and your guests will think so too. Here are some of our favourite charity wedding favour ideas…
THE GIFT OF GIVING - Online Wedding Gift List
If you’ve already got a toaster, a perfectly good tableware set and enough pillowcases for a 10-bedroom mansion, then why not consider a charity gift list? A lot of traditional gift list providers have charity options, but you can also have a charity gift list in its own right.
Oxfam Unwrapped is an online gift list which couples can personalise by adding a message and picture as well as selecting from a list of more than 30 “gifts” which will help people who live in poverty around the world, including educate a child, feed a family, fix a well and teach a man to fish.
Oxfam Unwrapped will send you 50 heart-shaped cards that you can include in your invitations – more can be ordered. After the big day, you will be sent a special memento pack, complete with a list of all the different gifts your friends and family bought for you.
Check out Oxfam Unwrapped website for more details.
CHICKENS FOR CHARITY - Pin Badges
British jewellery designer Alex Monroe, known for his elegant designs inspired by nature, has created a set of limited edition wedding favour pin badges exclusively for Cancer Research UK.
Mr and Mrs Chicken have been created in Alex Monroe’s unique style, with intricate detail, charm and humour to express a bride and groom through the animal kingdom. The pins have been cast from originals sculpted by Alex and his team and come in a gold plated finish.
Couples planning their big day can order the wedding favours for their guests, along with personalised cards, elegantly displaying the bride and groom’s names and their wedding date.
As well as being a meaningful keepsake, choosing Cancer Research UK’s favours is a way for the bride and groom to celebrate a friend or family member surviving cancer, or to remember someone close to them.
Cancer Research UK asks that couples make a suggested donation of £2.50 per pin badge, which goes towards the charity’s life-saving work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all cancers to help beat cancer sooner.
Alex Monroe said: “I was delighted when Cancer Research UK approached me to design a wedding favour for its wonderful range as cancer sadly touches the lives of each and every one of us in some way.
“I’m so pleased to have been able to work with the charity to create an extremely affordable and wearable piece of jewellery which celebrates the joy of a wedding. This chicken ‘couple' are a lovely, and somehow very British way to create a pair of male and female pins.”
Check out Cancer Research UK online
DO IT FOR THE KIDS - Pin Badges
Weddings are often family events, so what better way to support the NSPCC’s fight for every childhood than at your wedding.
The NSPCC is the leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.
It could be a collection box at the reception, a pin badge donated as a favour, or suggesting to guests to make a donation as a gift to your special day.
Cards and favours at a suggested donation of £2 can be ordered through the NSPCC's website, and there’s even a poster you can download and add details about the fundraising fun you’ve got planned.
FUNDRAISING FUN - At your Hen Do or On The Day
You don’t have to stop at favours, gift lists and collection boxes, why not incorporate fundraising into the whole day with a range of things that your guests can take part in by donating money. Here are some ideas:
Sweepstakes – These can be on everything from the first person to cry during the speeches to the last person on the dancefloor.
Auction – At the end of the day, invite your guests to bid on flower arrangements, decorations and even left-over cake. If you don’t want to do this on the day but are having another celebration the following day, you can always do it then.
Fairground attractions – If you’re having a festival-themed wedding, why not include a few traditional games which people can play for a donation – hook a duck, ball in a bucket and coconut shy are always good fun and you can make your own or search online for companies which hire them out.
Suppliers – Explain to your suppliers that you are trying to raise money for charity on your big day and invite them to offer a discount that you will then donate. You can always read out a list of all those who agreed in the speeches as a sweetener.
Forfeits – The fundraising can start before the big day too, with money raised from stag and hen forfeits going to charity.
DONATE YOUR DRESS
Okay, so you might not want to do this straight away, but maybe a few months, a year, even a decade later you could donate your dress to a charity for them to sell on. Or you could even sell it on ebay and donate the money yourself!
There is a number of charities that will be delighted to accept your wedding dress. The most local to us is Big C at Timberhill, Norwich.
I have suggested only a few options in this post, but possibilities are endless. There are thousands of charities out there and all of them need our support, therefore if you have a cause that is close to your heart - do some research and you may just find a charity who would appreciate your generosity. It will not only help someone in need, but I can assure you - you will feel good also!
Let us know how you get on!
Much love and until next time,