This month's VIVA LOVES post is a special one.

Back in November we got an email from Olenka Reshitnyk at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation telling us about their wedding program designed to give couples the opportunity to not only celebrate their wedding day with family and friends, but also celebrate their day with the kids at CHEO.  The CHEO wedding program allows the couple to ask for donations in lieu of gifts or, they can donate to CHEO in lieu of favours.

How can you not love this?

As the only full-service pediatric hospital in the region, CHEO supports eastern Ontario, western Quebec, Nunavut and parts of nothern Ontario.  Their staff handle over 250,000 patient visits each year.

Olenka provided us with some great info regarding the CHEO wedding program which you can read more about here, and sent us samples of the classic linen insert cards and tent cards that can be personalized with the bride and groom's name and wedding date. They could not be more perfect.  The CHEO Foundation website also allows couples to create their own personal fundraising page so that guests can donate online. 

Need to be inspired? In our next post we'll share with you the stories of two lovely couples who chose to donate via the CHEO wedding program. Thanks Olenka, for sharing them with us!


  1. What a special way to donate.

  2. With so many couples getting married later in life and already having an established family or expecting soon after their wedding, this seems so fitting. Sadly most of us will need to bring our kids to CHEO at some point in their young lives. What a great program.

  3. I hope your blog helps to spread the word and this program succeeds.