Meet 4 Inspiring Couples Who Created a Charity Gift Registry!

Take a minute to think about this. Rs 1 lakh crore is spent every year on wedding gifts for the couple. This is more than India’s annual budget for education or health! Now think about the fact that most of these gifts are of little or no use to the couple. They are definitely going to end up in a re-gifting cycle! If all this money could be spent on things the couple actually wants, or towards a cause they support, imagine the difference it would make to the world. That’s why creating a charity gift registry can be life-changing!

Charity Gift Registry Couple - Srinidhi & Prashanth
Charity Gift Registry Couple – Srinidhi & Prashanth

Meet the couples who chose to do a charity gift registry and started their ‘happily ever after’ by spreading the love among those less fortunate.

Srinidhi & Prashanth

Srinidhi & Prashanth
Srinidhi & Prashanth

Originally from Chennai, but living in Singapore, young architects Srinidhi & Prashanth were clear they didn’t want any gifts on their wedding. “We’re blessed to have everything we need, and honestly, we’re enough for each other. “We felt the best way to start our married life would have been to support the causes we believe in,” says Prashanth. The couple chose to add 4 charities to their charity gift registry. These causes spanned from rehabilitation of the homeless to educating the girl child. “We knew, despite repeated requests, our guests would gift us something for the wedding. So we chose for those gifts to be contributions to some causes both of us feel strongly about. Initially, the guests were hesitant. But after a little persuasion they contributed wholeheartedly,” adds Srinidhi. 

Charities they added: 

Vidya Sagar

IIMPACT

Sri Matha Trust

Udhavam Nanbargal 

Answer & Abhijit 

Answer & Abhijit's Christian Wedding
Answer & Abhijit

A Zimbabwean girl Answer, and Abhijit, a Mumbai boy, met while working on a social work project. With a similar desire to help make the world a better place, the couple started Project Defy, an NGO that aims to correct the education system in India. When the couple decided to get married, there was not an iota of doubt in their minds that contributions to Project Defy would be a significant part of their gift registry. “Our friends and colleagues know how passionately we feel about the cause, and were happy to support it,” says the groom!

Charities they added: 

Project Defy 

Nithyasri & Yeshwanth 

Nithyasri & Yeshwanth
Nithyasri & Yeshwanth

“Love is a limitless emotion, and we could not think of a better way to start our new life than by sharing the love we felt for each other,” says Nithyasri, who married Yeshwanth earlier this year. The couple felt very strongly about this and added causes ranging from environmental conservation to mid-day meals for children to their charity gift registry. Another cause they felt strongly about was Bharat Ke Veer, an NGO supporting the families of war martyrs. On their wedding day, they asked guests to write a message of appreciation for the men on the border and had them sent over. 

Charities they added: 

Cauvery Calling

Bharat Ke Veer

Akshaya Patra

Chinmaya Mission

Dakshin Vrindavan 

Praveen & Shreya 

Praveen & Shreya
Praveen & Shreya

Both Carnatic musicians, when Praveen & Shreya decided to tie the knot, they knew nothing about their wedding was going to be conventional. The couple opted to have an eco-friendly wedding with no single-use plastics, no paper invites and a system for distributing the extra food to orphanages. In addition, they also created a gift registry to support Maithree, an organization dedicated to the welfare of people with special needs. 

Charities they added: 

Maithree 

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Tanvi Saraf

Tanvi Saraf is a writer, editor and traveller who's recently moved to the south. Having worked with the country's leading publications, including Marie Claire, India Today, Harper's Bazaar Bride and L'officiel, she now heads marketing for WeddingWishlist.com & CherryTin.com. Her life's philosophy and choices are guided by her motto, "Enjoy it. Because it's happening", and with both our websites, she's all set to bring the joy back to gifting.

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