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Plenty hosts weddings for couples that vow to clean

The latest instalment of the 'Love is Messy' platform, created by AMV BBDO, aims to reinforce cleaning as an act of love

By creative salon

Kicking off this year's wedding season, Essity’s kitchen roll brand, Plenty, has encouraged the nation to commit to clean for each other through a campaign showing real couples making “vows to clean” at their weddings, reframing cleaning as part of the foundation of a long and happy relationship.

As the latest instalment of Plenty 'Love is Messy' platform by AMV BBDO, the campaign 'Vow To Clean' got real engaged couples who were willing to make the ultimate commitment and include a vow to clean in their wedding vows. The brand identified the couples through a fun and playful activation released in February off the back of the insight that cleaning, rather than traditional romantic displays of love, is a fundamental part of a happy and healthy long-term relationship.

The kitchen roll aisle is facing recruitment challenges, but category brand leader Plenty wanted to put itself back onto shopping lists as the brand that has a product for every household need. Plenty commissioned a survey of 1000 British people in relationships revealing how much cleaning is seen as an act of love - with three in four of people believing that cleaning is a fundamental part of a healthy relationship. This supported a Harvard study which found housework is the top cause of one in four marriages ending.

The research found that 72 per cent of Brits believe that a partner proactively cleaning around the house is a display of love - one that is particularly important for the younger generation (80 per cent). And 71 per cent of them believe cleaning is a fundamental part of a healthy cohabitating relationship - one in three even believe that cleaning should be added as a vow in marriage. As a brand that believes healthier relationships with mess means healthier relationships with each other, the idea to encourage the nation to make a Vow to Clean felt just right.

Following the call for British couples to take part in this campaign changing their vows, the three wedding celebrations funded by Plenty took place in London in March. Danny and Genevieve, Tinuke and Abel and Rob and Mel exchanged their vows to clean for each other in front of their friends and family, and their big day has now become a series of digital and social ads of 90, 15 and 10 seconds.

“Rob, I promise to always clean away the colonies of mould that spring from the glass you always leave by the bed”, vowed Mel. “I’ll always wipe up the juice you claim you never spill, the crumbs you never see”, promises Abel. “You didn’t spill the tea on the sofa. We did”, remarks Danny.

Essity Global Marketing & Communications Director, Consumer Tissue Martina Poulopati said: “Plenty, with an innovative portfolio ranging from Everyday, Original to MAX and Flexisheets, is a brand that's trusted in millions of households in the UK & Ireland to deal with everyday mess efficiently. With the Love is Messy platform, we've shown how mess is part of all of our relationships. We've reframed cleaning as an act of love and care for each other. Tissue is a category that is often seen as commoditized, unengaging, lacking emotion, difficult to connect with consumers. With Vow to Clean, we have proven once again that our dedication to understanding consumers and connecting with them personally and deeply surpasses category norms to lead to stronger brand engagement and trust.”

AMV BBDO creatives behind the work Ben Smith, Dan Kennard and Prabhu Wignarajah added: “Having spent many hours cleaning up dog pee, baby vom and worse in the name of love, we know that cleaning for your partner really does show you’re a keeper. This idea repositions Plenty as something more authentically romantic than flowers, chocolates, or lingerie. And we’re delighted these couples were bold enough to agree with us and make this commitment at the altar.”

Omnicom sister company Ketchum is the PR agency supporting the work.


Client: Essity

Brand: Plenty

Campaign title: Vow To Clean

Client name: Martina Poulopati, Ekaterina Strelchenko, Luana Lennertz and Leanne McLeod

Creative Agency: AMV BBDO

CCO: Nicholas Hulley and Nadja Lossgott

Creative Director: Andre Sallowicz and Polina Zabrodskaya

Creative Team: Ben Smith, Dan Kennard and Prabhu Wignarajah

Creative Design Director: Vanessa Fowler-Kendall

Agency Planning Team: Margaux Revol and Marina Glavan

Project Manager: Jackie Kinrade

Agency Account Team: Anna Covell, Helen Limbrey, Aoife McCarthy and Louise Mather

Agency Production Team: Ian Whittle and Maggie Scriven

Event Production Company: StudioBEAM

Event Director: Tessa Acheson

Event Manager: Katy Sampson

Content Capture: RSA Films

RSA Director: Prabhu Wignarajah

RSA ​​Head of Advertising: Josie Juneau

RSA Producer: Helen Ball

RSA Runner: Job Bertrand

Director of Photography: Ivan Bird

Post-Production Company: RASCAL

Exec Producer: Matt Towell

2D Lead: Alistair Hamer

VFX Producer: Angela Toner

Colourist: Dan Levy

Colour Assist: Elliot Ward Sound

Sound Producer: Amie Nedwell

Sound Engineer: James Lyme

Media Agency: Zenith

PR Agency: Ketchum


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