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Picture of a table set up for a wedding breakfast with floral centrepiece wine glasses, cutlery and scratch cards for a charity used as wedding favours

Giving to charity through your wedding

Many people want to give back or remember a charity on their wedding day, often linked to remembering a lost loved one, or a cause they're passionate about. With this blog I'm going to run through some of the reasons why you might embrace charitable giving and make a difference with your wedding.

Why would you give to charity on your wedding day?

A lot of money goes into planning a wedding so why would you give some of that away to charity? For some people it's about sharing some of that spending by giving back. You get the feeling of doing something more tangible and longer lasting than just one day, you're supporting something that makes a real difference. It takes away some of the guilt of spending so much money on something so frivolous. For others it's a way to remember a loved one, maybe by giving to a hospice or charity that worked or is working with that loved one. Then again maybe you just have a cause that you're passionate about. Whatever the reason, you can make it work as part of your wedding day vision.

Remembering a relation

Often couples will want to do this with a picture, an empty seat or other reference to their relation but by donating to a specific charity that helped them, you're giving them the best possible thank you gift. If you can help others in the same way they were helped or by enabling research into what they had that might lead to a cure, you're providing a legacy in their name. How amazing would that feel, even through your grief. The rest of your family may also appreciate the chance to give back.

Fighting for a cause

Whether it's protecting wildlife, the environment, or something else entirely, if there's a cause you want to share with your nearest and dearest, why not. If you share a passion for tigers or pandas so much that you've used that for inspiration for your wedding theme, then it's a no brainer to indulge that passion in a way that gives back to that cause. You don't have to be preachy about it but little nods will let your guests know that this is important to you.

There are so many ways you can support charities through your wedding, that I'm actually making this a two part-er. The next part will look at specific ideas for ways you can support your chosen charity, from favours to frocks and beyond. X