Cat-mad couple donate generously to charity on wedding day
25 Sep 2018
Featuring charitable favours, donation buckets and a cat mascot, a Manchester couple ensured their wedding day was filled with cat-themed details
Mandy Lowe and her partner of 10 years, Damien Hobbs, chose a cat theme for their big day at Chancellors Hotel in Manchester and all for a worthwhile cause.
The wedding which took place on Sunday 23rd September raised funds for and awareness of Cats Protection, a charity which Mandy and Damien had previously called upon to help when rehoming a stray mother and her kittens.
"We saw first-hand how dedicated Cats Protection is to cats' welfare," said Mandy. "So when someone asked what would we like for our wedding, and we joked for people to feed and take in all the stray cats, something clicked and we realised we could actually turn that in to a reality."
The couple requested donations of cat food, toys and beds from their guests instead of gifts, collecting more than 300 items for Cats Protection's Rochdale branch, as well as raising funds. They also included adverts for cats considered unworthy but available for adoption in their orders of service and managed to rehome 18 of the 23 featured.
Mandy, who campaigns for cats' rights via her own charity, Cats Matter, also asked her mum to wear the charity's cat mascot outfit and gifted her guests Cats Protection 'thank you' badges as favours.
However, it wasn't just the couple's love of cats which put a personal stamp on the day; Mandy and Damien also injected their personalities into proceedings. Both the bride and groom who have lost their dads wanted their wedding day to be a personal reflection and filled with fun, just as their fathers would have wanted.
The bride arrived in a stretch police car and the bridesmaids, who were dressed in a rainbow of colours, made a grand entrance in a fire engine. A Del Boy impersonator paid homage to Damien's love of Only Fools and Horses and a pyrotechnic fire show served to end the evening in style.
Mandy said: "Hopefully our wedding story will inspire people to think of charities on their big days. We don't regret doing what we did for the local cat charity for a second, especially knowing so many cats got rehomed as a result. Couples can do and have anything they want on their wedding day so they should just go for it and make sure their days are everything they want them to be, just like ours."