Monday, 17 January 2011

Do me a favour!

If you're a Northern Irish bride or groom-to-be, how do you feel about wedding favours? They can be really lovely if they complement the wedding theme or add a quirky touch to a well-thought out day. But they can also be an obligation you'd rather not have to spend money on.

But does anyone really need another bag of sugared almonds at their place setting?! So when I was recently approached by the Northern Irish charity, Aware Defeat Depression to help them create charity favours I was very happy to help out. Aware Defeat Depression work with the one in four people in Northern Ireland who experience depression and bipolar disorder, with a support group network, helpline, support and advice across the country.

There is a suggested minimum donation of £1 per guest for the favours, and each guest will have a small card sitting at their place setting to tell them of your donation. A friend who was married last year was quoted £400 for mini-cupcakes for her guests - imagine how delighted any charity would be to receive a quarter of that, and how much nicer a way to celebrate your marriage with a donation.

The favour cards mark the couple's names, wedding date and inform their guests that a donation has been made on their behalf. Aware's contact details and brief information are printed inside for reference.

I know how important the reception's table presentation is to many brides, so there's 3 different styles of favours to match most wedding tables: (top to bottom) 'Simple' style, 'Elegant' style and 'Vintage' style. 

There is also a choice of three card colours: (top to bottom) Natural White (also recycled for eco-minded couples!), Pearlised Cream and White Shimmer. They will look gorgeous on your tables, and more importantly be supporting for a charity that offers support, advice and information for anyone in Northern Ireland affected by depression or bipolar disorder, whether it's for themselves, a family member or friend.

To order favours or find out more, please click here to go to our website page on the favours or email us. Aware Defeat Depression's website is

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