Gone are the days of sugared almonds ending the night at the bottom of your guests’ bags. Now you can help charities close to your heart and give guests a beautiful reminder of your big day with our selection of the best charity wedding favours.
Suitable for every taste and budget, these alternative keepsakes will look good and do good on your wedding day.
Green-fingered couples can give back with the glorious gift of (plant) life. Wildflower Favours specialise in charity packs, from basil and chilli seeds for Action Against Hunger to bee-witching blooms for Friends Of The Earth’s Bee Cause appeal. Sheep Ahoy, The Seahorse Trust and The Elephant Family Charity can also be supported if you’re after a quirkier choice for just £1.20 a packet.
Great Ormond Street Hospital also offer wildflower seed sticks featuring artwork by the hospital’s brave young patients. Just £44 could help pay for a night’s stay in their family accommodation so parents can stay close by while their child is in hospital.
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Whether keeping kids entertained with some interactive fun or showering the newlyweds in a cascade of bursting bubbles, these gorgeous diamond-shaped bottles from the British Heart Foundation are the perfect addition to your table. The heart health charity have a fantastic range of wedding items, including confetti and a guest book, that start for just £1.
Their Own Ring
Your wedding day will be one of the best of your life, but every two seconds a girl as young as 14 is forced to marry against her wishes. For a suggested donation of just £2 a ring, you can help end child marriage across Africa, Asia and the Americas with these unique rings from Plan International UK. Each one is inscribed ‘end child marriage’ and you can choose between three box shades to suit your wedding colours.
Pins and Cufflinks
Sport your heart on your sleeve with stylish pins and cufflinks that guests can wear again and again. Quirky badges from Cancer Research UK range from top hats to chickens, children’s charity NSPCC offer a cute daisy design, while animal lovers will adore Dogs Trust’s canine pins that help support the 17,000 dogs in their care.
At £18 a pair, Marie Curie’s cufflinks would make an ideal gift for groomsmen or your top table and just £20 allows the charity to provide one hour of vital care to a terminally ill patient in their own home.
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If your budget stretches a little further, Unicef can help you share the happiness of your big day with children around the world by providing them with supplies that will change their lives.
Each coming in at under £32, you can buy everything from mosquito nets for a family and measles vaccines for five children to emergency food, water tablets and school supplies. Practical and ethical, guests will love this little touch to your table, which includes pictures of the children you’re helping.
Place Cards and Thank Yous
Every bride and groom will put in the hours to come up with a perfectly laid-out seating plan for the wedding breakfast. Put your hard work to good use and raise awareness for charities that are also working hard to help those suffering from terrible illnesses.
Many charities including Prostate Cancer UK offer place cards for your table, while Make A Wish, which make magical memories for seriously ill children, add in a gorgeous gold star pin and favour boxes for £2.50 all in. Parkinson’s UK sell wedding thank you cards that will stand out boldly on your table.
Find more ideas for unique wedding favours, like fun favours for kids and special personalised treats for your guests.