With modern wedding budgets getting larger and larger, many couples are starting to feel that their money could be put to better use than fancier flower arrangements or an extra food cart, and are instead encouraging donations to charity instead. If you want to give to a cause that's close to your heart on your big day, here are some charitable wedding suggestions.
1. Have charity wedding favours
This is one of the easiest ways to incorporate a charitable element into your day, as many UK charities now offer specific wedding favours. Charities such as Cancer Research, Macmillan, Alzheimer's Society, Mind and British Heart Foundation to name just a few, all offer wedding favours – often you'll receive a pin for guests to take home, and a card explaining that a charitable donation has been made in their name in lieu of a traditional favour. It's a lot more meaningful that sugared almonds, and many of your guests will appreciate the gesture.
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2. Set up a charity gift list
These days, the traditional gift list just isn't as relevant to modern couples; many of us often live together before marriage, meaning we already have all the homewares we need to set up a life together. If you're struggling to come up with an alternative gift list, why not consider asking your guests to donate to charity instead of buying you a gift? Some charities can organise this with you directly, or gift list companies such as Prezola and Zankyou have specific charity gift lists that you can set up for your guests.
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3. Buy a second-hand dress
If you're struggling to come to terms with the cost of a brand new wedding dress, then why not save yourself money while donating to a good cause by buying a dress from a charity shop? In particular, Oxfam have an amazing bridal range, which is available both online and in shops. Not only are you likely to get a unique dress that won't break the budget, it's more environmentally friendly AND you'll be donating money to charity. It's a win-win!
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4. Have a fundraising hen do
If the thought of a boozy night out wearing L-plates leaves you cold, then taking part in a fundraising activity with your hens is a fun, charitable alternative. Depending on the fitness level of your bridesmaids, you could take part in anything from a 5k Race for Life or a Pink Ribbonwalk to something a little more challenging, like a Tough Mudder course. This is also a great way to get in shape if you're looking to lose a couple of pounds for the wedding day, while training with your hens is sure to provide the ultimate bonding experience.
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