7 Charitable wedding favours for wedding season!

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It’s coming up to wedding season again now and I’m beginning to feel a little bit nostalgic for last year when I was a bridesmaid at my best friend’s wedding. It was such a special day and little things are starting to remind me of it – seeing the wedding fair signs all around, hearing about upcoming celeb weddings and friends who are tying the knot this Summer.

When I look back at the wedding, one of my favourite parts of Kate & Mike’s special day was their wedding favours because they were totally unique and something that I would never have thought of before, but is becoming more and more of a trend. They chose to gift their guests with sterling silver ribbon pins with a small gem stone imbedded, sky blue for the boys (representing pancreatic cancer) and pink for the girls (representing breast cancer).

You see, cancer has touched the lives of both of these dear friends, as it has most of us, and being the uber thoughtful dudes that they are, they went outside of the box and chose to use their wedding favours, something that most people take for granted or even throw away, to give to their guests. In total I think they donated over £250 to buy their pins, a donation that otherwise would never be given because few of us have that kind of spare cash to chuck at a charity, no matter how much we would love to.

So, why am I telling you this – other than for the pure nostalgia of remembering the day?

Well, as I mentioned before this is becoming more and more of a trend among couples. Gone are the days of the sugar coated almond that no one likes and is a nut allergy hazard (my friend Kate is also allergic to nuts) and gone are the days of giving a cute packet of plant seeds to people who are struggling to find the daily will to feed their kids, never mind a plant they never wanted. So what has stepped into place?

Charitable wedding favours.

What is a wedding is not an opportunity to spread a bit of love and blinding awesomeness? That is just what we can do with charity wedding favours and if you are getting married this year I would strongly urge you to consider them. I’ve put together a little list of my favourite charity wedding favours for you to have a look at, from the small and individual (like Kate and Mike’s favours) to the big group gift, that will make a real difference to the chosen cause.

Small and Individual.

So you like the idea of something small and individual for each guest to take away with them? Try these:

7 Charitable wedding favours for wedding season!

Oxfam gift of Soap £5

Oxfam’s gift of soap sends a bar of of soap to a family for £5. You get a token card to give to your guests and the knowledge that you could have given someone who could only dream of the amount of money your wedding has cost, a life saving gift.

Cancer Research Pins £2 – £2.50

£2 to £2.50 per guest and there are a range of pins that will mean more to the majority of people sat at your tables than you could possibly know, not to mention the thousands of people whose lives are saved by Cancer Research.

Rethink Seeds £2

You can order camomile seeds from Rethink, who support those with mental illness. There is also an option for collection tins and they have a specialised team to help tailor something to your wedding that will benefit both sides.

7 Charitable wedding favours for wedding season!

Alzheimer’s Society pins £2

Not only are the Alzheimer pins beautiful but the charity also offers stunning jewellery for women and cufflinks for men, that makes an ideal gift for your wedding party.

Bigger is better? Group donations.

If you are wanting to make a big splash and ditch the tradition of a single favour for each gift, why not try doing one of these are a big donation gift, OR as a table by table donation?


Oxfam’s Goat Couple £50

Especially beautiful if you are animal lovers. With your donation, Oxfam gifts a pair of mating goats and helps a family learn business skills to build a livelihood from the goats. The family can breed and pass on a goat, eventually helping more and more people. This is a wonderful table by table gift, depending on the size of your wedding – if you are having a larger wedding it could be the ideal opportunity to spend less and impact more.

Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Make-A-Trip gift £100

Make-A-Wish Foundation helps make a dream a reality for children with life-threatening diseases. I can guarantee that some of the guests at your wedding will be parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents. This gift is far more special than almonds or chocolates, and can make a dream come true for a child that may never get the chance to have the white wedding dream themselves.

7 Charitable wedding favours for wedding season!

Train a Midwife in Nepal £411

In Nepal healthcare is often inaccessible for many pregnant women. This money, donated through Gifts in Action (who also have a tonne of other charitable gifts like this), could help save countless lives, not to mention provide a livelihood for one woman, who can pass on her skills. A beautiful gift, especially from an expectant couple.

I’d love to know what you did for your wedding favours! Would you go for something charitable now?

H x


  1. Avatar May 13, 2016 / 1:31 am

    I absolutely love the idea of charitable wedding favours – I often pick up a charity gift for friends and family for Christmas and just think it’s a wonderful way to give a little back

    Laura x

  2. Avatar May 10, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    This is such a great idea! A lovely way to have a wedding and do something good 🙂

    • Harriet May 11, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      I think so too Tara 🙂

  3. Avatar May 9, 2016 / 3:44 am

    Awesome idea! 🙂 Makes it forget the stress from preparing the wedding. I am amazed how many options of charity could be to accompany in a wedding. 🙂

  4. Avatar May 8, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    I’ve never heard of this idea, but it’s definitely worth a thought for brides and grooms. Especially on the cancer side as it certainly touches most people’s lives

    • Harriet May 11, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      I agree, it’s a lovely thought!

  5. Avatar May 8, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    What a beautiful idea for wedding favours. It’s a beautiful and thoughtful thing to do for an already beautiful occasion, giving back in some way is so important. x

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    Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)
    May 8, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Aww, these are all really lovely ideas and such great causes. I really love the goat couple idea, that’s such a wonderful thing to do! Well, they all are but I am a huge animal lover 🙂 Lovely post, thanks for sharing. xx

  7. Avatar May 8, 2016 / 11:56 am

    This is such a fantastic idea – we had little boxes of after-dinner mints as favours when I got married (15 years ago!) but I really wish I’d thought of doing something like this

  8. Avatar May 8, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Nice selection of gifts. I especially like make a trip gift… such a wonderful idea

  9. Avatar May 8, 2016 / 10:37 am

    This is so much better than gifting random almonds. I support charities and creating charitable wedding favors would be something I do myself!

  10. Avatar May 7, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    These are all great ideas for gifts! Sometimes you forget that you can give gifts like these! I’m only 19 but hopefully when I get married I’d ask for guest to make a donation for us to be able to volunteer in South Africa! 😀

  11. Avatar May 7, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    This has really made me think for my wedding in August – such a lovely idea and so special too!

  12. Avatar May 7, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    It’s a lovely idea but to be honest I don’t think that anyone I know would do a charitale wedding favour. I think most are more comfortable donating privately rather than in this way.

  13. Avatar May 7, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea – what a great alternative to a traditional favour. Kaz x

  14. Avatar May 7, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I loved this post, such great causes that you have mentioned.

  15. Avatar May 7, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Such great ideas for wedding favours! Loving the goat idea the best.

  16. Avatar May 7, 2016 / 3:05 am

    Wow this is really cool, I love reading about great ways to give back to others in need. This is really a sweet way to give back, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Leslie xoxo

  17. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    These are some wonderful ideas and such a lovely idea to give a little something memorable that really helps others as well. x

  18. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I’ve just written up a wedding post, strange co-incidence. Nothing as beautiful this though, I love the idea of charitable favours, so many people get dishes and photo frames but a gift of support is always lovely..

  19. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    What a lovely list of very unique ideas. I think its much better to do this than like you said gift things just for the sake of gifting.

  20. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    I love those flowery earrings! Those are a great initiatives…

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    Helen Clark
    May 6, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    I really love the idea of charitable wedding favours (though hadn’t heard about it before) such a better thing to do than a chocolate or a few sugared almonds!

  22. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I’d never thought of doing something like this but it really is a nice idea. Makes the event even more special with a great cause like these 🙂

  23. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    What a great idea, I think if more people knew about these they would do them. I know I would have done X

  24. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    These are some great ideas. We just gave little bags of sweets as favours. They linked well with the sweet table we also had. X

  25. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 11:01 am

    Such a great idea to have charitable wedding favours because you’re right too many things get wasted and it’s always nice to give to a good cause x

  26. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 10:50 am

    That is such a good idea. Guests get a favour and charities get helped along the way.

  27. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 10:14 am

    What a brilliant idea! I do love the charitable wedding favours… now if only we could do that to as “party loot bags” for kids instead of more plastic crap that will probably end up in a landfill 🙁

  28. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 10:10 am

    I love the idea of giving cancer pins as wedding favours! So much money is wasted on unnecessary things when it comes to weddings – it’s great that they chose to put their money towards something more useful.

  29. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 9:55 am

    What a good idea. Although wedding favours are still a relatively new idea. I’d be happy with a grand tea party, it all seems so involved and so grand these days.

  30. Avatar May 6, 2016 / 9:23 am

    I love the idea of charitable wedding favours, such a great way to give something back to the world! 🙂

    • Harriet May 6, 2016 / 9:24 am

      Aren’t they lovely x

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