Do the Nature a Favor, Make Your Big Day Eco-friendly!
Sure, a wedding sounds a lot of fun until you realise that it’s your own wedding this time around and you’ve got a lot more on your mind than just prancing around in your designer lehenga. It’s one thing that you are stressed and freaked about the planning and embarking on this somewhat scary endeavour, it’s completely another to be going through all the etiquette guides and planning checklists and realising that maybe something’s amiss.
Our weddings, synonymous with luxury and lavish scale are also getting rather increasingly environmental friendly now-a-days. Maybe as a way of giving back and starting a new phase of your life by being on the same page with nature- it is time to be more environmentally conscious; the starting point of starting a family might as well be a positive one that will one day influence our offsprings.
Even the most smallest of your wedding related decision could be significant in terms of doing a favour to the environment. So here, we put together a few ways you could tie the knot, the eco-friendly way!
1. First things first:
The wedding invites. Spruce up your D-day announcement by opting for eco-friendly digital wedding invites that don’t require papers. Not only do they add a touch of sophistication, your guests could also RSVP online and could find their way to the venue more easily.
If you do indeed require physical invitations, you could always go for biodegradable, reusable/plantable papers. Known as seeded papers, these eco-friendly substitutes are embedded with seeds that sprout out flowers or herbs when buried in the soil.
2. An eco-friendly venue:
Although most venues we might choose for our D-day might not eco-friendly, it is up to us to render it so. A sustainable location is the most crucial of details in your wedding planning. A plus? The most apt setting for this is the one outdoors! Think about it- it minimises your need for overtly spending on decoration, additionally, it also cuts costs in the lighting department.
For night-time festivities, you could opt for spaces or venues that have an Energy star rating and an eco-friendly initiative in place or opt to light it up through eco-friendly lights like energy-saving light bulbs.
Furthermore, you could also pick a venue closer home or maybe where the majority of your folks stay if you aren’t a big fan of outdoor/destination weddings. No regrets but more positivity- this will make shuttling the attendees to and fro from the venue much easier, you could ask a bunch of them to carpool maybe- thereby not just helping the environment but alongside forging new relationships.
3. The little details- the wedding decor:
There is not one thing unpleasant about weddings (not considering nagging aunties who keep saying “you are next”), except for the fact that wedding are unarguably the mass producers of waste.
And this could be remedied by making small changes in the decor; by ensuring that no single-use disposables like plastics are used and decorations that are biodegradable or ones that could be recycled are used. Switches as small as shunning plastic cups, using potted plants as part of arrangements, and employing reusable natural clothes and paper flowers to make your wedding more colourful could help.
4. The Food:
As already mentioned, out of the things in excess and hence ending up being wasted on the day is food. Not only could it feed other less fortunate people, but the food could also be treated as organic waste in case it goes bad.
Also, if serving non-vegetarian options, you could always stick to local options with a low environmental footprint than others. Rather avoid importing exotic food or something that is out of season and stick to more environment sympathising options.
5. Don’t Waste:
Put your heads together, suggest your significant other or your wedding planner to adopt a waste disposal system that includes recycling and probably compost bins for all the biodegradable organic waste.
Also have a word with your caterers of the entire wedding to make necessary arrangements for the leftovers of unserved food to be donated.
6. A proper finishing touch- the eco-friendly honeymoon:
Researching honeymoon destinations is definitely exciting, but what we don’t know yet is looking up environmentally friendly locations could blow your search wide open. You come across so many lesser known places that you conventionally would’ve never considered or gotten to know- a little something for the explorer in you! Additionally, it gives the obscure place devoted to environmental stewardship a much needed exposure.