Add a little extra meaning to your celebration with these ideas
#1 Shop around charity shops for decorative details
If you're looking for cute crockery, cheap vases or fun props for your photobooth, scout around local charity shops to bag yourself a bargain or two.
#2 Pick charitable wedding favours
Have a favourite charity? Find out if it offers a wedding favour option. For example: Cancer Research UK and the Dogs Trust both offer pin badges guests can wear long after the big day, whilst Woodland Trust offers outdoors dedications on behalf of your guests.
#3 Gift with meaning!
Instead of presents for yourselves, ask for donations to charities that mean something to you. Alternatively, ask your guests to pledge a portion of their time to charitable deeds in lieu of a gift. When buying 'thank you' gifts for your bridal party, look out for options that might benefit good causes (for example, you could buy them a goat).
#4 Do something charitable for your bridal shower
You could spend time knitting hats and teddy bears for babies, you could bake for a child who might not have a birthday cake... There are so many ways to add a little benevolence to your shower or hen party! You could even plan a charity bake sale in place of a bridal shower, asking guests to bring cakes and cash to splash in place of gifts.
#5 After the wedding, donate your dress to charity
There are various options here, so do your research. You could donate your gown to a woman who isn't able to afford her own, or you could give it to a charity that turns used dresses into outfits for stillborn babies. Wish For A Wedding also accepts dress donations, helping couples facing terminal illness plan their celebrations.
#6 Donate flowers to charity
Instead of simply chucking your arrangements, find out if you can donate them to a nearby retirement home or hospice. Do your research beforehand so you can draw up a shortlist and contact them ahead of your celebration to double-check they accept florals - they'll love the colourful blooms.
#7 Do something charitable on your honeymoon
For example, you could head off on a volunteering mission overseas, whether working to restore shattered lives, restoring nature or helping with conservation efforts. There are endless options depending on what you're comfortable with, so do your research before you commit.