Helping animals on your special day

by | Happy Tails Interesting |

Weddings have certainly changed over the last 50 years. The once traditional model of nuptials had served couples nicely when they were starting their lives together. Guests would often bring practical wedding gifts such as kitchenware and linens for their new home. But as relationships modernize, many engaged couples don’t need traditional gifts and are finding unique ways for their family and friends to help honour their love.  

Why not merge your special day with your love for animals? If Gil could talk, he would tell you that’s exactly what his family did. Gil’s parents wanted to celebrate their love story through charitable giving and support the Ontario SPCA Midland & District Animal Centre where they first met Gil. Rather than simply ask for gifts on their registry, they decided to include the option to donate to the local animal centre, and you can too! 

Charitable giving is a growing trend, and more couples are finding creative ways to include it in their nuptials. If you’ve been thinking about giving back through your upcoming wedding, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society can help. 

In Lieu of Wedding Gifts 

Asking guests to make a donation in lieu of gifts is the perfect option for couples who already have everything they need to start their life together. We’ll set you up with a custom online wedding donation page that you can share with your family and friends. All you need to do is supply a photo and a personal message to your guests about why you have chosen donations to the Ontario SPCA, and we can do the rest. We’ll even send you the list of donors  to make thanking them easier. 

In Lieu of Wedding Favors 

Making a donation to the Ontario SPCA in lieu of wedding favours is a meaningful gesture and the perfect addition to your big day. We’ll send you a full-colour, 8×10 personalized certificate for your gift table (frame not included), and the option of table cards for each table or place cards for each place setting.   

Whether it be through creating a charitable registry, donating in lieu of centre pieces, or dedicating the bar proceeds, weddings can make a real difference for animals in need.  

If you are considering adding a charitable giving element to your wedding, we would love to hear from you. 

Not getting married?  There are many other ways you can help animals in our care. Visit for inspiration on how to give back!