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Giving to charity through your wedding part 2

This is the second of my blogs about the ways you can help a charity or charities with your wedding. Many people want to give back or remember a charity on their wedding day, often linked to remembering a lost loved one. With this blog I'm going to run through some of the ways you can do that and make a difference with your wedding.

Decorative elements

- whether you trawl the charity shops for re-useable decorations or donate your wedding decorations to your local shop after your big day, this is great way to give back without it being obvious. Many couples (and some suppliers) use charity shops for items such as mismatched crockery, glassware (including vases), old books and so much more.

Outfits

- from dresses to suits, charity shops are an awesome resource for some amazing bargains, and it means that's one less clothing item going to landfill. If you don't want to buy your outfits from a charity shop you could always donate yours after the big day so that someone else can benefit from them. Oxfam and others have specific wedding shops for this.

Wedding favours

- Scratch cards and Charity pins are just two ways that many charities can help you support them. You can buy these in bulk, so you know exactly how much you've donated, and your guests will know that you've supported them. With a scratch card your guests might even win a prize.

Gift list

- how about instead of sending out a list of stuff you probably don't really need, maybe send out a JustGiving link to your charity of choice. The fabulous Generation Pop can do this for you and make it designed to tie into your other wedding stationery.

Entertainment

- you could hold a raffle or auction as part of your entertainment. People come to a wedding ready to spend on the bar but what if they could also go home with something fun, whilst helping you raise much needed funds for a charity of your choice.

Hen or stag do

- host a tea party with your stags or hens, do a pamper evening with a purpose from home. Or instead of taking your gang to a posh venue for afternoon tea, keep it simple to save money but instead send that money where you know it is needed

You may find that the fundraising person for that charity will help you with ideas and you'll often receive a little thank you note after they've received the donation. Many will let you know exactly how your donation will help them, so you can really understand that value of your gift. Share that warm glow from your wedding planning with people who really need the boost. X