Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life… and it can also be a great opportunity for you to be socially and environmentally conscious. There are plenty of ways to host an eco-friendly wedding without compromising on your wedding vision, so if you and your fiancé want to go green and eco-friendly, here are some tips! :)
Instead of using floral jaimalas, go for jaimala made with organic/recycled paper flowers. We’ve been seeing a lot of dry-flower and satin jaimalas lately!
Request your photographer to give you digital prints rather than wedding albums or proof sheets. Once you have the digital photos, print a few that you are going to have framed. This is a clever way of saving paper and giving back to society.
3. Gift saplings/seeds as wedding favor:
For an eco-friendly wedding, gift potted saplings to guests and if there are more outstation guests, you can consider giving them seed packets or earthen jars as it is easier to carry.
The trend of sending paper invites is swapped with digital invites – thanks to WhatsApp and emails for existing.
You can also opt for invites made from eco-friendly papers or seeds that can be planted later.
5. Donate the leftover food
We see a lot of food being wasted at the wedding maybe because caterers always make extra food! Instead of the leftovers being chucked in the bin, opt for an NGO to pick up the extra food at the wedding and transport it to the needy people. Discuss this with your caterer before so you can make the necessary arrangements.
6. Opt for a day wedding
Day wedding is the best option to save both energy and cost in a wedding. In case, you are having an additional night reception, ask your venue for energy saving light bulbs, candles, and use of biodegradable products.
7. Use of cloth decor rather than flowers
Avoid using too much of genda phool like every other Indian wedding. Use cloth decor like colorful drapes which looks amazing at a wedding day add colors to your venue. Go for linens of natural fabrics like organic cotton and recycled fabrics.
8. For centerpieces use potted plants
They are reusable, looks beautiful and add ambiance to your venue. Plus, they can be used later as a wedding favor!
9. Reusable Wedding Signage
Opt for a handwritten chalkboard sign that can be rubbed and used again.
10. Have your wedding outdoor
Look for an outdoor venue with lots of natural light, greenery or historic structures, it will minimize your need for decorations.
The article first appeared in the Storizen Magazine October 2018 Issue.
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