What this father did at his sons wedding will shock you and then leave you in awe!

As far as wedding gift ideas go, we have a gazillion options for products which can be gifted and if nothing else, there is always the envelope filled with money and a coin for shagun. But what Rakesh Vaishnav asked for was something you can never ever imagine.

When Rakesh Vaishnav decided to get his two sons, Arun and Alpesh married, he envisioned setting an example which has never been set before. The wedding took place at Ramganjmandi town in Kota Rajasthan.

To give you a bit of background, Rakesh lost a family member from complications owing to lack of blood and has since been donating blood regularly.

So at his sons weddin, he saw and opportunity and seized it and requested his guests to give him just one gift, that of donating blood. He set up a blood donation camp at the wedding venue.

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Even the wedding invitations read,”Uphaar ho to aisa, raktdan jaisa” (no better gift than blood donation).

While he made it clear to his guests, that in no way should they feel obliged to donate, his efforts inspired so many of his guests to actively participate in a cause that can make a huge difference to the current state of affairs in the country.

His request did inspire many attendees at the wedding to donate their blood, including his 21-year-old nephew Rahul Vaishnav and guest Saroj Sharma, who at aged 39 donated blood for the very first time. As many as 26 units of blood had been collected in one afternoon, and more was expected to be donated in the evening.

This wedding camp is not Rakesh’s only initiative. He has also worked on awareness campaigns, encouraging others to donate blood and assisting those in need of a donation. “I started a group called ‘Raktdata Jeevandata Samooh’ in 2012. It is connected with voluntary blood donation organizations in nine states and provides blood to the needy people,” he said.

All we can say is kudos, we can not draw enough inspiration from you Mr.Rakesh Vaishnav, and it’s such small beautiful gestures by citizens which will make our great country a shining light on the global stage.

A wedding story which will make you cry…and then smile because love always wins!

After a petty family dispute, Lalita Bansi was scarred for life when her idiot and scum cousins threw acid on her in their village in Azamgarh, UttarPradesh in 2012.

This brave heart did not let this affect her spirit and moved on, undergoing 17 surgeries at Mumbai’s Bombay Hospital and has 12 more to go.

As fate would have it, the universe aligned to give Lalita the life she actually deserved after she got a response from a wrong number she had dialled. When the person called back, Lalita had scolded him and he had hung up.

He called back 15 days later to explain what had happened and that is when cupid struck!

Rahul kumar, a data entry operator from Malad was smitten by how frank a nature Lalita has and proposed to her after a couple of months of phone conversation!

Rahul Says,””Sirf ek wrong number ne meri zindagi badal di, Three months ago, I got a missed call from an unknown number. When I called back, I was scolded and I disconnected the call.”

That’s when the love story began.

“Within 15 days of talking to Lalita, she told me her face was burnt. I told her, ‘Jinka chehra jala hota hai unki life nahi hoti kya? Tum bus tayaar ho, main tumse shaadi karunga (Does someone whose face is burnt not have a life? You get ready, I am going to marry you)‘ and she agreed.”

“My parents had a love marriage so they didn’t have any problem with my choice,” he adds.

After two months of telephonic conversations, Rahul went to Lalita’s house to meet her and as they say, rest is history.

The wedding was held at the D’Silva Technical College in Dadar, central Mumbai, thanks to the efforts of Udyami Maharashtra along with the Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation, who made Lalita’s dream a reality.

There was a beautifully decorated mandap, a lavish food spread, celebrities in attendance, and the overwhelming media going click, click at the drop of a hat.

Some Photos of their Lovely wedding!

Lalita changed into a red bridal outfit and was joined by her make up artist.
Despite the chaos around her, not once did the smile vanish from her face.
The acid attack survivor had been preparing for this day for a month.

Mehendi and lavish jeweller adorned the beautiful bride!

The Groom Rahul Kumar

The Happily Married Couple.

We wish them the best life has to offer and a lot more!

Actor Vivek Oberoi graced the occasion with his presence and was kind enough to gift the newlyweds a new house 🙂

It takes a special kind of courage to overcome odds in life. Each individual is fighting their own battles and it is only love which brings people together.

We wish Rahul and Lalita a very happily married life together!

8 Hilarious Wedding Pics we found on the Internet!

Weddings are a high-pressure situation, much like celebrities, the bride and the groom are very conscious of the fact that they are being photographed constantly. However, every once in a while we stumble upon these gems…

Hilarious Wedding Photos

“Do I smell a rat ? “

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LOL, let’s finish this quick, our flight to Krypton is waiting…

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I do not even know what’s going on here…

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Hahaha we wonder where she learnt that

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Lol we wonder…we really do…

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We only hope that’s not too cold 😛

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If you cant eat half of the laddoo in a bite, it does not count !

These are obviously just for fun and not intended to be mean. We hope you laughed as much as we did 🙂

 

 

The D-Day Beckons: Groom Trends this 2014

The D-Day Beckons: Groom Trends this 2014

Grooms don’t have it easy with the style choices they have to make for their wedding day. There’s always that extremely fine line between chic and overdone. This is even more true because there’s a sure-fire guarantee that your better half will look like a million bucks. So to make sure you look the second best on your wedding day, here are a few ideas trending this 2014.

Colours

Who says jodhpuris and tuxes need to be boring? This wedding season, adorn yourself in daring whites, beiges, or pastels, and get some for your groomsmen too. However, if you’re old-school and still wish to go the conventional way, have a pop of colour in the form of a shocking bowtie or satin scarf on your chest to break the monotony of your black or grey suit. Liven up your outfit with a splash of color, and show your bride that fun side of you that she fell for in the first place.

Patterns

If you’re looking to go all out on your style quotient, pick a checked or striped suit for your big day. Again, if you’re practicing restraint, yet wish to opt for something trendy, go with a patterned accessory to spice up your ensemble. Some trending patterns are the glen check, windowpane, herringbone, houndstooth, bird’s eye, checked plaid, and nailhead. Pick one as your theme or do a mix and match of several of these patterns for your groomsmen; either way, you’re bound to steal the show!

The Tailcoat

The trend of the decade has been to get back to older trends, and the tailcoat is back with a vengeance. If you’re planning a truly high end affair, you may as well do it right by looking the part too. Ranging from black and navy to grey, this Victorian classic can be incorporated into a wide range of wedding color schemes too.

The Nehru Jacket

Nothing speaks trendy and classy like the Nehru jacket. Most suit jackets or sportscoats follow the same basic cut principals, but the Nehru jacket, made famous by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, can easily be distinguished because of its dignified mandarin collar. Sport this with matching or oddly paired trousers, and create a style statement along your journey down the aisle or to the mandap. This jacket is also a great pick for cocktail receptions, sangeets, or other light-hearted festivities.

Accessories

If you’re the groom or one from his party, the accessories you pair with your wedding suit will be as important as the suit itself. Let your personality shine through with your own customized accessories to enhance your look. Wear a vibrant-coloured pagdi with your sombre jodhpuri, or have your groomsmen wear a distinguishable accessory such as a beret or bowler hat. Whatever you do, do it with style!

So to all the grooms out there, don’t let your breathtaking brides steal all the thunder. Keep some aside for yourself. Show her that you can match her and equal her in every aspect, that you truly are soulmates. Have a good one!

Get Groomed!

Get Groomed!

Wedding talk is often centered around the bride—her dress, her hair, her bridesmaids, her likes, her dislikes, and so on. Planning a wedding, or even participating in one, can be a daunting task, and the groom needs to do much more than just show up and get married! His duties may not be as extensive as the bride’s, but our (often) silent participant might sometimes be able to provide invaluable inputs for the big day. So, let’s take a look at how the groom can contribute to the D-Day effectively, without being a nag.

A little effort goes a long way

While it’s quite easy for the groom to simply let the bride take the reins, it may create an impression of aloofness or indifference towards the wedding preparations, which may not be the case, and this may not be a great first impression for the in-laws. So, get involved! You may not be able to tell which centerpiece fits the wedding theme best, but a little enthusiasm and show of support will earn you a lot of brownie points!

Be independent

Our wedding belle already has a lot going, what with having to select the venue, pick the theme, look like a princess, get her bridesmaids to look like princesses, etc. So don’t take for granted or expect her to pick your wedding suit and those for your groomsmen too. Take her inputs, by all means, but the ultimate decision needs to be your responsibility. Some great quirks such as bowties, socks with crazy patterns, suspenders, mismatched styles, and vibrant pops of colour are currently trending down the aisle, so design your own quirky outfit and give your bride a fun surprise that will truly bowl her over. A word of caution though; it’s quite easy to get carried away with the variety of choices around you, so choose wisely and keep it classy!

Be the punching bag

Your bride’s probably on her way to bridezilla-land for a while, due to the overload of wedding responsibilities. This is a very important, and equally stressful, time for her. That subtle difference between lavender and lilac for the gift wrappers matters. It may seem silly, but while you’re taking it easy, she’s now shuffling between two jobs. So, if she needs to vent or throw tantrums about the mandap decorations—curb the sarcasm—be her own, personalized punching bag. Show her that planning these ridiculous details is worth the effort, because marrying you will be the end result.

And finally, say thank you! Wedding speeches are an integral part of weddings, sangeets, cocktail receptions etc. Be sure to thank the contributors to your wedding and those who make up your wedding party. Especially, thank your bride. That glow of satisfaction and contentedness on her face will be worth all the pre-wedding chaos.

Here’s wishing all the grooms-to-be luck in implementing their pre-wedding game plan. Show your bride that you can be an active participant, and not just a bystander, in the biggest day of your lives! Game on!

The Perfect Man

The Perfect Man

Gone are the days when brides got all attention on the wedding day. Today, a groom is as important. Couples are equally examined when it comes to their clothes, accessories and grooming. While most may think that men have very little to do when it comes to dressing, think again! There are little things that every man may over look assuming it is not a big deal but we bet you, it is!

The Knot

The necktie has always been an integral part of every man’s formal dress code. Thus keeping its importance in mind, every groom must realize the attention required towards getting the look right. Getting the length of the tie right is a job half done! Men should ensure the end of the tie reaches their waistband or the buckle of the belt. The next thing they need to work on is the knot of the tie. There are various ways one can knot a tie but we strongly recommend the suggestion and help of your suit designer to pick one that suits you best. Secondly, the art of knotting a tie is not one that comes easy, therefore take time to practice it several times or get a professional to help you loosely knot it. This way all that is left to do on the wedding day is to put it on and tighten the bits. For those who still can’t get it right, there is absolutely no need to hit the panic button. Zipper ties and clip on ones can solve the problem. But remember, nothing looks shabbier than a messy tie.

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Foot Affair

We all know the importance of our feet, especially when it comes to standing long hours or constantly being on the move and your wedding day could be one such day. Besides the need to have extremely comfortable well-fitting shoes, it is important the groom takes time to ensure his shoes are well polished and socks are rightly matched. You never know at which point your socks are visible and the last thing you want is strange colored socks popping out or holes and tears.

Lengths & Widths

Suit trials can be an exhausting and frustrating task for most grooms but we assure you the psychological rewards of a well-fitted suit are far more than anything else. Go through repeated trials to ensure the suit fits right as this will determine your look and confidence level on your big day. Ensure the jacket length measures half the distance between your neck and feet, the sleeve length ends on the top of your wrist bone and your shirt sleeve ends at the base of your palm. Ill-fitting suits on the wedding day are a big no-no!

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Accessorize

There are several different ways every man can accessorize himself on his big day and getting it right is extremely important. We generally recommend staying clear of jewelry like earrings and chains. Leave that to a casual occasion. Cuffs, pocket squares and bow ties are interesting ways to spark up a suit but make sure you get pieces that go well with the suit. Once again, we remind you that getting an accessory is not as important as making sure it is worn right. Therefore make sure cuff links are placed the right side up, bow ties fit well and pocket squares are folded neatly.

Paying attention to little details helps in creating a fantastic overall look. After all, you do want your bride and guests to feel you are ‘The Perfect Man’.

Read more about accessories for the groom –  http://theweddingplannersindia.com/category/everything-else/adorning-the-groom/