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Making an Impact with Your Sustainable Wedding in Portugal | Portuguese Charities to Support for a Meaningful Celebration

Updated: Jun 11

In the bustling world of wedding planning, there's a growing trend that goes beyond flowers and decor, beyond dresses and venues. It's about making a real impact, not just on your big day, but on the community around you.

Welcome to the world of sustainable weddings, where every choice counts, including where you choose to direct your support. Meaningful celebrations invite your guests to a unique experience that truly reflects your values. And what could be more meaningful than supporting causes close to your heart while celebrating love?

Two hands holding a heart

Here's a look at some remarkable Portuguese charities that align with eco-values and community improvement, perfect for couples seeking to weave social responsibility and meaning into their wedding celebrations.

Portuguese Charities to Support with Your Sustainable Wedding


Child with down syndrome playing and laughing

Semear, which means "to sow," is an organization that believes in the potential and development of skills of individuals with intellectual disabilities. It implements psychosocial empowerment programs, professional training, socio-professional inclusion, collaboratively with families, students, companies, support networks, health, and with the community.

It is possible to support Semear by donations in money, or materials such as office supplies or school supplies.

For more information about how you can make a donation, you can send an email to 


AMI is a Portuguese Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the vision of alleviating inequalities and suffering. Its mission is to create a more sustainable, harmonious, inclusive, and tolerant world, one that is less indifferent and less violent.

Currently, it operates 14 social facilities and services across Portugal,

Promoting active citizenship in areas such as associations, training, and the environment, encouraging the active participation of young people and adults in concrete projects.

Website & Donations:


Cáritas in Portugal is dedicated to Integral Human Development and the defense of the Common Good, working towards transforming society. It promotes the sharing of resources and provides assistance in situations of calamity and emergency, with the ultimate goal of building a civilisation of love.

The making of food packages for charity

"Love Makes a Change"

Cáritas in Portugal aims to be a testament to the fraternity of the Christian community towards the poorest, through the Social Action of the Church, building a society that is solidair and participative, where justice, peace, freedom, and solidarity prevail in the service of human dignity.

Animal Rescue Canedo

Stray dog with nice necklace

For couples with a soft spot for furry friends, ARC is a small, sanctuary for abandoned and mistreated animals. Their mission is to reduce the serious overpopulation of stray dogs and cats in Portugal by supporting neuturing programs and by providing education in local communities and on schools about animal welfare. Besides, they offer veterinary care for ill or wounded animals and they support adoptions.


Adolescere – Association for the Support of Children and Adolescents – aims to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations at social risk, particularly children and adolescents with or without family and/or institutional support. This is achieved through the implementation of projects and activities in the psychosocial, educational, training, and cultural domains.

They focus on providing services and other initiatives to promote the health, well-being, and quality of life of children, adolescents, families, and communities, including:

  • Supporting children and adolescents at social risk;

  • Assisting with their social and community integration;

  • Promoting and protecting health;

  • Educating and training children, adolescents, and their families.

Donations can be made to the following bank account:

IBAN PT50 0010 0000 53238910001 25 |  SWIFT/BIC BBPIPTPL


ANP (Association Nature Portugal)

Lisbon coast line

The mission of ANP, in partnership with WWF, is to conserve national biodiversity and forest ecosystems, protect marine biodiversity, and promote sustainable fishing practices. Additionally, ANP is dedicated to preserving freshwater ecosystems and their water resources. The organization also actively addresses climate change and advocates for sustainable consumption practices, striving to create a harmonious balance between nature and human activities for a sustainable future.

Through advocacy and community projects, they work to safeguard the beauty of Portugal for generations to come.

Donations & Website

Green Cork Charity

For a meaningful and sustainable wedding celebration, consider supporting Green Cork, a remarkable Portuguese charity dedicated to environmental preservation. Green Cork focuses on the recycling of cork stoppers, transforming waste into valuable resources while promoting the sustainable management of cork oak forests.

Cork stoppers

In addition to collecting cork stoppers and funding reforestation in Portugal, Green Cork aims to contribute to the building of an active, responsible community in harmony with the environment.

Contributing to this charity is as simple as asking your caterer to collect all cork stoppers from your wedding and bring them to the nearest Continente Supermarket who will take further care of the logistics.

How Can You Incorporate these Charities into Your Wedding Plans?

Instead of traditional wedding gifts or contributions to a honeymoon fund, invite your guests to donate to one of these deserving charities. You can create a personalized donation page or provide information about the charities on your wedding website or invitations.

Another option is to make a donation on behalf of your guests as a token of appreciation for their presence on your special day. You can display a sign or place cards at your reception explaining the charitable donation in lieu of favours.

By choosing to support these Portuguese charities, you're not only making a positive impact on your wedding day but also leaving a lasting legacy of love and generosity in the Portuguese community.

Together, let's sow the seeds of change and celebrate love in all its forms.


Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only. We recommend conducting your own research and reaching out to the respective charities directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Contributions to these charities are voluntary, and any engagement with these organizations should be made after careful consideration.


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