While there are many ways to have an eco-friendly wedding, there are some easy ways to reduce waste and avoid plastic at Indian shaadis. If you think it will mean your wedding looks drab, you definitely use these simple yet amazing tips to have an eco-friendly wedding. So whether you’re someone who consciously tries to reduce their carbon footprint or you’re the person who just said “carbon what?” – these are some simple tips for keeping any big fat Indian wedding minimally wasteful.
The Reception Venue
We know outdoor ceremony and receptions don’t work for everyone. If you want to be indoors, there are several ways you can make it green. First, hold your ceremony and reception in one place—no one will have to travel to get from one event to the next, which cuts back on fuel emissions. Or choose a venue that gets plenty of sunlight and host a daytime wedding so you can leave the lights off. Another way to be green indoors: Look for hotels that recycle and use energy-efficient appliances and biodegradable products.
Ask your florist about in-season and local flowers to insure the freshest, best quality stems at the best price. If you have your heart set on a flower that isn’t in season and a seasonal, Consult your florist regarding the same and you can use some replica. This means that the blooms aren’t grown with chemicals or grown under harsh working conditions. Don’t want your beautiful flowers thrown away after your celebration? Work with a company that will pick up the arrangements and reuse them.
Food is the center of any celebration, and going green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste! When you’re budgeting, keep in mind that organic foods may cost more, but asking your caterer to source from in-season, locally-grown products will help keep the cost down and guarantee the freshest finds. You can also work with a neighborhood baker to see if they’re on board to use locally-sourced ingredients (like eggs and dairy products) for the cake. When bought directly from growers, food needs less time in the fridge and less packaging to stay fresh, so you’re being especially kind to Mother Earth, too. And since the food is coming from a shorter distance, less fuel is needed to transport it. Really want to impress your guests? Supplement your table decor with herb plants in terra cotta pots, like basil or cilantro, that guests can add straight to their dishes.
Millions of trees are toppled every year to make paper products, and the process of producing these items pollutes the environment. Now more and more couples are trying to help by making eco-conscious invite choices. We do recommend old school snail mail for the wedding invitations, but for save-the-dates, paperless is becoming more and more common. You can also reduce the inserts in your invitations by directing people to your wedding website for any extra details. For your invitation, keep an eye out for stationers who offer recycled paper products and vegetable-based inks
For an eco-friendly wedding, look for plantable favors like potted saplings, herbs or succulents. If a lot of your guests are traveling, keep in mind that they probably won’t want to pack a pot of soil into their suitcase, so consider biodegradable seed packets if you’re committed to the plant route. Or, go edible. Look to local businesses like coffee houses for a bag of their signature beans, candy shops for chocolate bars (easy on the paper wrapping) or jams in reusable glass jars from an orchard. Another idea? Send your guests home with your wedding flowers—have an attendant ready to arrange your florals into individual bouquets for friends and family to enjoy for a few more days in their homes. For a totally different option, go for a charity donation. Display a sign letting guests know you’ve made a donation to a meaningful cause in lieu of favors, or pick a few of your favorites and let guests choose: Set out information on each charity, designate it a color, and allow guests to read up on them all and decide which organization they’d like you to donate to on their behalf.
The Potted Plants as Aisle Decorations
When you are choosing decorations that you want to use for your wedding it’s best to take the time to choose affordable options that can be used again and again if possible. Many people do not want to use fake flowers at their wedding because they feel that it creates a tacky vibe but using plants that can be replanted and items that are made from recycled materials allows you to get the visual look that you want, while still ensuring that nothing has to be harmed in the decorating process for your wedding
The Reusable Wedding Signage
Display signs at the wedding have moved on from the basic “Mr. & Mrs. Welcomes you’ to now displaying the couples’ favourite love quotes or even the wedding hashtag at the venue! You can choose to use material that can get re-used later.
Customised Bride & Groom Chairs
A lot of couples are choosing to create personalized, beautiful bride & groom chairs for them to sit on – either during the Sangeet dance performances or at the end-of-the-evening family dinner table.
Repurpose, Repurpose, Repurpose!
If you want a green wedding, you don’t necessarily have to buy or get something new. You can easily repurpose what already lies around your house! These are some awesome ways to repurpose that, honestly, you can easily DIY for your Mehendi function: like Repurpose used coconut shells as planters or adorn them with flowers. You could also repurpose all those wine bottles at home as an easy DIY aisle decor for a Mehendi function
Eco-Friendly Material to Decorate the Bar
The bar & food areas have become a central decor piece over the last few years, with couples coming up with really creative ideas on how to decorate them!
Use What’s Already At The Venue
Consider using the naturally available structures at the venue, and incorporating them into the decor. This helps with keeping additional decor material to a minimum.