In all the excitement of marriage, it’s easy to overlook the impact of a wedding on the environment. While everyone is making their big Indian wedding dreams come true, they are also adding their carbon footprint and excessive energy consumption. Modern couples are now looking for ways to have a marriage with a sustainably conscious mindset. It’s about incorporating less waste, locally sourced and seasonal foods, natural materials rather than using plastic. Conscious wedding planning and decorating includes the use of recycled paper and products as well as the needs of the venue that is environmentally friendly. Check out this quick guide to achieving a lasting wedding without compromising on luxury:
Choose locally sourced materials to elevate artisans
Sustainability can also be luxurious, incorporating an indigenous flavor into the decor and theme. With the use of local materials and local artisans coming into play, the marriage instantly becomes sustainable. Including the work of local suppliers ensures minimum packaging requirements, thus saving on unnecessary plastic and lamination. It also decreases the need to transport items from other cities and thus reduces the carbon footprint. For example, at one of our weddings we used sand art for an installation in Jodhpur. This helped promote local work while being environmentally friendly with zero waste of other materials. In another case from Rajasthan, the traditional technique of blown glass was used to make decorative items while giving a cultural touch to the destination wedding.
Say yes to recycling
You have to be careful and avoid the use of plastic and other non-recyclable materials in the decoration as much as possible. It can be a small step, like consciously switching from plastic water bottles to copper jugs or glass bottles. Also use artificial floral decor thus minimizing the waste produced from real flowers. This recyclable decor is then donated to various NGOs, thus ensuring a sustainable use of resources. Such measures, no matter how small, protect the environment from any additional carbon footprints.
Opt for a zero waste wedding decor
Use fabric as it enhances the elegance of the wedding while being durable. Include bright colors suitable for the wedding theme and bring a bright sparkle with breathable fabrics. Make sure to include LED lights for lighting. They can be incorporated as fairy lights or be used on passages with innovative decorative elements. They also help to conserve energy and bring soulful energy for nighttime decoration. Choose virtual invitations, follow the digital age. Make a conscious choice of dinner plate menus rather than a buffet, as they reduce food waste and ensure enough food for the guests in attendance.
Include sustainable donations
Give lasting wedding favors – gifts that grow. Gifting a plant or a succulent is a great idea. One can also offer recycled organic fabrics and cutlery or zero waste kitchen and bathroom items to use in their home as separate gift options.
Acting in the best interests of the environment and society, Theme Weavers Designs has started a social cause, Weaving Hope, where a portion of their income along with food and decor is donated to social communities. Royal Rendezvous is an event we launched to put India on the global map, inviting international wedding planners in India to experience the rich culture and heritage, employing and showcasing the work of local artisans as well. to this international audience.
By applying the sustainability values, you can reduce the energy consumed and the resources used as much as possible. Go ahead and have a zero waste luxury wedding and navigate the world of green living!