With the ever-increasing concern for the environment, more and more couples are opting for eco-friendly weddings. Environment-conscious couples are leaving no stone unturned to make their wedding an eco-friendly affair. So if you are one of them, then here are some of the best ways to make your wedding eco-friendly and sustainable.
The food served at an Indian wedding is of paramount importance as it is a sign of the new couple’s hospitality and respect for their guests. An elaborate menu is the cornerstone of a successful wedding and with a few subtle touches you can ensure that it is in keeping with the theme. Locally obtained and sustainably sourced ingredients could be the foundation for planning the wedding menu. The salad section could be entirely organic. The guests could be informed about the source of their feast, with cleverly placed placards on the tables. This would make for an interesting talking point, bringing attention to the wedding couple’s pro-earth ideology. The wedding cutlery should certainly avoid any and all plastic and Styrofoam. A plant-based biodegradable crockery is a great option and so is reusable cutlery (like steel). Send leftovers home. Rather than tossing leftover food, encourage your guests (and vendors) to take leftover food and treats home with them. You can also consider donating the food to a nearby shelter. Serving cupcakes in place of cake slices is one great way to keep leftovers manageable and easy to transport.
Capture the spirit of a green wedding, by planning your trousseau around heritage pieces from your mother and grandmother’s closet. Repurpose old brocades and silks as they are or design an entirely new ensemble using these elements. This will also ensure a hint of nostalgia and pay homage to the family legacy in your trousseau, making it that much more special. When Isha Ambani (the daughter of one of India’s richest men) got married she incorporated her mother’s wedding sari into her bridal lehenga design. For sentimental reasons and to reduce consumption, heirloom clothes can add an original touch to your wedding look. If you must buy a completely new bridal outfit, be sure to incorporate hand-woven fabrics and traditional hand embroideries. This will help promote the indigenous textile artisans of India, who need this kind of patronage for their livelihood.
In an Indian wedding, many gifts are exchanged, and we have some unique ideas for returning gifts to the wedding guests. For an environmentally conscious wedding, you could also give your guests gift baskets of organic fruits/dry fruits or khadi silk pouches with exotic spices and herbal products. A beautifully designed eco-friendly, kitchen garden gift set is also a wonderful option for a return gift. Complete with a set of small pots, vegetable or flower plant seeds, and an instruction manual, this is sure to create a sense of curiosity and interest. Every plant that grows from this set will leave a lasting impression of your wedding for days to come. For special guests and relatives, who need to be presented with a sari you could opt for a khadi silk option.
An Indian wedding is grand and elaborate as they speak volumes about the families involved, their standing in society, and brands the newly married couple with a positive identity in the community. An attitude of responsible luxury with wedding plans will ensure the respect and regard of your friends and family, while also giving future generations a gift of a cleaner planet.