The wedding day is definitely one of the most special days in a couple’s life. While some prefer extravagant weddings at picturesque locations, some others prefer a comparatively low-key wedding with close friends and family in attendance. And whether it is the quintessential big fat Indian wedding or a low-key one, what remains common is the wedding gifts! From travel packages and spa appointments to homeware and cash, friends and family members shower the couple with gifts of all kinds. Despite some couples stating ‘No gifts please’ in their wedding invitations, guests often do not comply. So this Delhi-based couple came up with a unique solution. They simply requested their guests to not get gifts for them and instead make a contribution for a Guwahati-based NGO. Thanks to this initiative, the couple managed to help the NGO with Rs 85,000, in addition to the gifts received at the wedding!

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The couple, Paloma Dutta and Ved tied the knot on December 3. On their wedding card, they wrote that the presence and blessings of the guests is what they would cherish the most. Reportedly, they had planned it well in advance that they would not accept any gifts for their wedding and contribute for the NGO, Shishu Sarothi, that works for children with disabilities. And Dutta credits the guests for the success of this initiative. 

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In an interview to the Indian Express, Dutta states that whenever possible, she and her husband Ved have been helping people in their immediate circles. However, their resources were limited as both of them are salaried people. Dutta is a senior copy editor in Penguin Random House India. She adds that they saw the wedding as an opportunity to help people on a larger scale. Both Dutta and Ved love children, and hence this was an “easy decision”, she says. The couple chose the NGO after some online research and with some help from friends and family. After the wedding, Dutta took to Facebook to thanks all the guests for participating in the initiative. About 80 percent of all gifts they received were for the NGO. Plus cash received at the reception totalled Rs 85,000, and was sent to the NGO along with the gifts. Also Read - After Groom Mysteriously Disappears From Wedding Venue, Bride Marries One of The 'Baraatis'

Here is Dutta’s Facebook post:

Dutta states that this initiative is their “wedding gift” and is just a drop in the ocean. “What we especially liked about Shishu Sarothi is how they are empowering these special children not only with everyday skills and vocational training but also looking out for them by pushing the government to strengthen laws protecting people with physical disabilities,” Dutta said in an email interview to the Indian Express.

We have all heard of celebrities auctioning their wedding pictures and videos for charity. There were reports that Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, who tied the knot recently in a hush-hush wedding in Tuscany, Italy, would also be auctioning their wedding pictures and sending the proceeds to charity. But Dutta and Ved have set an example that almost anyone can follow. The couple hopes that this inspires more people to come forward and help those in need.