Do Macmillan a favour on your special day

31 Mar 2014

Do Macmillan a favour on your special day

Macmillan research reveals opinions about charity support at weddings

With wedding season on the way, and couples wrestling with vital decisions that could make or break the happy day, Macmillan Cancer Support has commissioned a brand new survey to help couples decide on whether or not to use the day to fundraise for a favourite charity.

The research found that 40% of people think it’s a good idea for a couple to support a cause that means something to them on their wedding day. The survey also found that almost half (43%) of people think that the best way for a bride and groom to do this is by encouraging guests to donate to their favourite charity in lieu of giving a gift. Nearly a third (29%) felt that buying wedding favours from a charity is also a good way to show allegiance. Over one third (33.7%) of people most like the feel-good factor that supporting a shared cause can create.

The research of 1,000 people was commissioned to coincide with the launch of ‘Macmillan Wedding Packages’ which offer a range of ways that happy couples can support the charity to help it fulfil its aim that ‘no one should face cancer alone’.

These include:

• Setting up a Justgiving page.

• Setting up a Tribute Fund to remember a loved one who has experienced cancer, either online or as a collection on the day.

• Creating Macmillan invitations or posters.

• Purchasing from a wide and exclusive range of wedding products in the Macmillan online shop including the

Wedding placecard containing ‘Love in a Mist’ flower seeds for guests to take home and plant. Available in packs of ten for £9.95.

Further survey results suggested the influence that social media now has on wedding guests is rising, with almost a third (30%) dreading being tagged in people’s Facebook photos in unflattering poses. Other fears that people have of weddings include sitting next to someone boring (48%); making a fool of yourself on the dancefloor (28%) or kissing someone inappropriate (10%).

For more information visit www.macmillan.org.uk

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