Sugared almonds and scented candles – in theory, these are a nice memento for guests to remember your day by, but, in reality, wedding favours like these sometimes get left behind or put into a cupboard once the big day is over. If you really want something special to give to your guests, why not consider charity wedding favours? They’re a great way for non-profit organisations to raise funds and awareness for their causes. Many charities have specific wedding favours, while others will provide you with acknowledgement cards to let your guests know that a donation has been made on their behalf.
We all have charities close to our hearts so what better way to remember them than by donating to a worthy charity cause in lieu of wedding favours to a cause that resonates with you or your family? There are lots of great charities in Ireland and overseas doing some fantastic work, so we gathered up a few of our favourites to get you inspired!
Irish Cancer Charities
Irish Cancer Society
There isn’t one person who hasn’t been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. A pack of 10 gold wedding favour cards represents a donation of €40 to the Irish Cancer Society, which will go towards their amazing services for cancer patients and their families. You can also choose from pins and keychains if you prefer. To find out more, visit cancer.ie.
Marie Keating Foundation
The Marie Keating Foundation provides cancer information and awareness free of charge to the general public throughout Ireland. Choose how much you want to donate and receive beautiful, personalised Thank You Wedding Cards for tables, or choose from pretty, organza gift bag favours, ranging from €1 to €5 each. To find out more, visit mariekeating.ie.
Breakthrough Cancer Research
By making a donation to Breakthrough Cancer Research, you’ll be helping to fund the development of new cancer treatments. Breakthrough Cancer will provide you with individual place cards as favours for each guest to inform them of your generous donation on their behalf. To find out more, visit breakthroughcancerresearch.ie.
Cancer Fund for Children
A donation to the Cancer Fund For Children will help support children and young people living with cancer in Northern Ireland. As a keepsake of your donation, you can request individual lapel pins and cards for £1 to £2 per guest. To find out more, visit cancerfundforchildren.com.
Irish Medical Charities
Irish Heart Foundation
The Irish Heart Foundation is the national charity fighting heart disease and strokes in Ireland. For your donation to the foundation, they can provide you with special place cards. The average donation tends to be around €2 to €3 per guest, but, of course, they’re happy to receive a donation of any size. To find out more, visit irishheart.ie.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland offers a few ways to show your guests that you’ve made a donation in their honour, including decorative cards for each guest at €2. Your donation will go towards informing, supporting and caring for the MS Community in Ireland. To find out more, visit ms-society.ie.
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Make a donation of your choice to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and they’ll provide you with cards to place at your guests’ table setting. By donating in lieu of wedding favours, you’re helping to improve the treatment and facilities for people with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland. To find out more, visit cfireland.ie.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
You can support The Alzheimer Society of Ireland with your wedding favours by purchasing favour cards for at €2 each, featuring the society’s purple forget-me-not flower. Your donation will go towards a range of services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, their families and carers. To find out more, visit alzheimer.ie.
In the UK and Ireland, the RNLI provides a strategically-located fleet of lifeboats manned by brave volunteers, seasonal lifeguard services, coastal education and flood response, as well as working on international programs on drowning prevention and rescue services. Their online store is full of unique, affordable gifts you could buy as favours for your guests or wedding party, everything from candles to little boxes of fudge to Christmas decorations. To find out more, visit shop.rnli.org.
Charities Working with Homelessness, Loneliness and Poverty in Ireland
Focus Ireland believe that everyone has a right to a place they can call home. Every year, they help tens of thousands of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Ireland. Focus Ireland can provide couples with tent cards for each table and a personalised notice to let your guests know you’ve made a donation in lieu of wedding favours. To find out more, visit focusireland.ie/get-involved
ALONE is an independent charity working with older people who are considered vulnerable and at risk of poverty, isolation, homelessness and poor physical and mental health. They do this through befriending services, crisis support and housing. To find out more, visit alone.ie
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
By making a donation to Saint Vincent de Paul in lieu of traditional wedding favours, you will be providing people in need in your community with invaluable support when they need it the most. In return, you will receive personalised acknowledgement cards for each of your guests thanking them for your donation. To find out more, visit svp.ie
Merchants Quay Ireland
Merchants Quay Ireland is a national voluntary organisation that helps people who are homeless and those caught in addiction by providing frontline services, practical supports, pathways towards recovery and innovative responses to the issues of drug use and homelessness in Ireland. By choosing to support Merchants Quay Ireland for your wedding favours, you’ll help people who are homeless in Ireland to get the support they need, and a second chance. MQI can provide wedding favour cards for your guests, too. To find out more, visit mqi.ie/weddingfavours/
Humanitarian Aid Charities
Bóthar is committed to using the most appropriate farm animal for the environment, climate and culture of recipient families. You can support Bóthar by making a donation in return for Bóthar place name cards for your guests. These cards are personalised with the couple’s names. To find out more, visit bothar.ie.
Doctors Without Borders
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is an international organisation which provides medical aid in crises situations around the world. With 36,000 staff internationally, MSF work in over 65 countries, while a team in Ireland works to recruit specialist field staff and raise funds and awareness. They’re happy to provide you with special donation cards to give your guests. To find out more, visit msf.ie.
The White Helmets
The While Helmets are an incredible organisation of people who work on the front line in Syria, whose motto is, “When the bombs fall, we rush in.” Any donation, big or small, will go towards their incredible work. To read more about what they do and how you can help, visit whitehelmets.org/en.
Help Refugees set up the Choose Love Store, where, rather than making a cash donation, you can use your money to shop for practical, tangible items that will go to those in need. With items like hot meals, warm clothes, blankets and learning materials from as little as £5, your wedding favour donation will go a long way. To find out more, visit choose.love.
Trócaire is an Irish Catholic agency for world development through overseas aid work and fundraising campaign. Trócaire will provide you with individual place cards as favours for each guest to inform them of your generous donation on their behalf. To find out more, visit trocaire.org.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is Ireland’s largest national animal welfare charity, and represents 19 affiliated member societies. The ISPCA can personalise place cards with a photo of you and your other half (and maybe your pet too!). A minimum donation of €150 is suggested. To find out more, visit ispca.ie.
Dogs Trust is Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity dedicated to rehoming dogs across Ireland. If you choose to make a donation to Dogs Trust in lieu of wedding favours, you will be provided with personalised place cards with your wedding details. Each cute card also features a picture of one of the dogs looking for a home and a short paragraph about them. To find out more, visit dogstrust.ie.
The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helps sick, injured, neglected and cruelly-treated animals, both domestic and wildlife. Every day, they see the most vulnerable animals come through their doors and into their care, so this charity is a great choice for animal lovers. The DSPCA produces lovely wedding favour cards, costing €1 each, and they also ask the couple to give a donation of an amount of their choice. To find out more, visit dspca.ie.
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
By supporting Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, you’ll be helping to train a puppy into a working partner and change the life of someone living with sight loss or a family of a child with autism. Wedding favour cards cost €1.50 each, or you could choose an item from their online shop, such as a scented candle. Find out more at guidedogs.ie.
Children and Family Charities
Barnardos work to help to change the lives of thousands of children in Ireland whose have been affected by poverty, neglect or abuse. If you choose to donate in lieu of wedding favours to Barnardos they will provide you with tent-style place cards for your wedding reception informing your guests about your donation to on their behalf. To find out more, visit barnardos.ie.
LauraLynn is a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and residential care for young adults with disabilities. If you choose to donate to LauraLynn for your wedding, they will provide tent cards for your table and a wedding notice personalised with both your names. The suggested minimum wedding donation for favours is €250. To find out more, visit lauralynn.ie.
Make-A-Wish offers wedding favour place cards in lieu of favours as an option for couples getting married. These cards represent a wish granted to a child battling a life-threatening illness. They ask for a minimum donation of €150 and recommend two cards per table. To find out more, visit makeawish.ie.
Down Syndrome Ireland
Down Syndrome Ireland gives a voice to people with Down Syndrome and their families throughout Ireland. Providing a wide range of supports from early intervention, speech and language therapy, health, education, personal development and employment opportunities, they enhance the lives of thousands of children and adults with Down Syndrome. They offer wedding favour place cards in lieu of favours as an option for couples. To find out more, visit downsyndrome.ie.
Every year 12 million girls worldwide are married off before the age of 18. Even more shocking is that many are as young as 11 years old, and are married off to men three times their age. Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation with a focus on girls’ rights, running many projects to end child marriage, giving girls hope for an education and a career. To donate through wedding favours see plan.ie.
Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International
Chernobyl Children International has some particularly appropriate wedding favours – two heart-shaped chocolates in a box. Funds raised from the sweet treats go towards the charity’s Flying Doctors Cardiac Programme doing incredible work in Ukraine. To find out more, visit chernobyl-international.com.
Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation
The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation provides mursing care for their children in their own homes, respite support for familes and end-of-life care for children up to the age of 6 with severe to profound neurodevelopmental issues. The charity offers glossy, A6 tent-shaped cards as charity wedding favours, and every €18 donated provides one hour of nursing care for families. To find out more visit jackandjill.ie.
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