Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently announced their request for charity donations instead of wedding gifts and we are totally on board with the idea. Their request comes as no surprise, given the couple’s extensive involvement in charity work. Following in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who also requested charity donations in lieu of gifts, Meghan and Prince Harry have personally selected seven small organizations for their 600 guests to donate to. The charities cover a wide range of issues including women’s empowerment, social change, HIV, homelessness and the environment.
Incorporating a charitable element into your big day is an incredible way to showcase the social issues that you and your partner find meaningful. We spoke to Toronto-based wedding planner Rebecca Chan of Rebecca Chan Weddings and Events about the benefits of asking for charitable donations rather than gifts.
1. It’s great for spreading awareness for your cause.