Your wedding and raising money
Fundraising for your wedding or civil partnership is a unique way to remember a loved one or support people with cancer.
There are so many things you can do before the day and on the day to help fundraise. Read some of the ideas below for how your special day can make a big difference.
Fundraising before your wedding day
Tell your guests you're supporting Macmillan
Begin your fundraising by telling your guests why you're choosing to support Macmillan for your wedding or civil partnership by including a message in your invitations.
The message could also include a link to your JustGiving page or online Gift List. Online Gift Lists often include a charity donate option.
If you set up a JustGiving page, you could also include information there about why you're fundraising for Macmillan.
Set up a tribute fund
Organising a collection at your wedding or civil partnership in memory of a loved one is a generous and meaningful way to celebrate their life and acknowledge their absence on the day. By setting up a tribute fund online, you can invite guests to join you in remembering your loved one, while helping to support more people living with cancer.
Guests can give to your fund online and share their memories. In addition, if you collect any cash for Macmillan on the big day, this can either be donated via the tribute fund or added as an 'offline' total afterwards.
Fundraising on your wedding day
Games for your guests
You may choose to have easy to play, fun and entertaining games on the day for guests to take part in, in return for a small donation. Easy table games include:
Heads and tails
A great one for a break between the meal and speeches, this easy game is fun for all ages. All guests who want to take part make a small donation to enter, then stand up from their seats. Participants select either 'heads' or 'tails' by putting their hands on their heads, or their tails. The organiser (or bride or groom) then flips a coin and announces whether the coin came up heads or tails. Everyone whose choice matches the coin flip gets to stay standing—everyone else sits down. This happens again and again until there are only a few finalists left, and the last guest standing wins a small prize or bar tab!
Ask the Best Man, chief Bridesmaid or ushers to arrange a sweepstake on how long the wedding speeches will last for.
Happy couple quiz
A member of the bridal party could put together a short, entertaining quiz to see how well the guests know the happy couple. Tables or groups of guests can donate to take part.
Charity wedding favours
We have beautiful wedding favours to help thank guests, honour absent friends, and to show your support for Macmillan. Our pin badges are an excellent gift for guests, and come in a variety of colours and styles to suit the theme of your wedding.
Visit our online shop to see the full range of charity wedding favours and accessories.
Hold a collection
You could have a collection box or bucket at the bar or cake table and invite guests to give a donation if they have any spare cash. This works particularly well if there is a free bar. Order your collection materials on our resources website Be.Macmillan.
If you have a JustGiving fundraising page, you can print out a unique QR code that people can scan to make cashless donations. You could even display this code on a tablet next to your collection box! Find out how to download your fundraising page QR code.
Fundraising after your wedding day
If you've collected extra donations on the day of your civil partnership or wedding, please remember to pay them in so we can update your fundraising total and thank you and your guests for your generosity. Find out how to pay in your donations.
If you are sending out thank you cards to people who attended, you could also include a link to your fundraising page.