Charity donations are becoming increasingly popular as wedding favour ideas - with wedding budgets gradually rising, couples often feel it's a lovely gesture to give back to a charity close to their hearts while celebrating their big day. Plus, when you think about how often you've left your wedding favour behind at someone else's wedding, it can start to seem like giving that money to a good cause might mean it's better spent.

The ISPCA is calling on all brides and grooms to be to include their adorable pets in their wedding day, not just as a pet of honour, but in your wedding favour. If you choose the ISPCA as your charity of choice when it comes to your wedding favour, they have a unique way to include your furry friends.

Instead of putting out generic donation cards, if you send the ISPCA pictures of your pup, cat, rabbit - whatever it might be! - they will create wedding favour cards featuring your gorgeous pets, adding a personal touch to the whole thing.

"This is a great initiative for animal lovers getting married who want to do something a little bit different and personal on their wedding day. Brides and grooms-to-be can present their guests with not only a really thoughtful gift for them, but a life-saving gift for the charity by including a photo of their own pets, or alternatively pets the ISPCA has rescued. We can even colour-match the wedding favour cards to tie in with the wedding theme as well," says Carmel Murray from the ISPCA.

Rachel and Andrew - Image: Annie Kheffache Photography

One couple who did exactly this are Rachel and Andrew, who got married last May and were thrilled to include their own animals in their big day. "We were delighted with our ISPCA wedding favours and many of our guests commented on the beautiful favour cards. ISPCA were very easy to work with and they created lovely favour cards from the images we sent to them of our own pets. It’s such a nice memento we can keep forever, and we are delighted we helped contribute to such a worthy cause," says Rachel.

Sound up your street? You can tick your wedding favour off your wedding checklist by saying 'I Do' to the ISPCA. For more information about creating your personalised wedding favour with the ISPCA, visit their website, or speak to their fundraising team by calling (043) 33 25035 (3) or emailing [email protected]ispca.ie.