How to plan an eco-friendly wedding celebration
If you and your partner share your love for nature, no time better than your wedding day to bring that love to the fore
When Mahima Sukhdev met Reinier Zeldenrust, they instantly connected on their common love for nature. So when it was time to tie the knot, it was only natural for them to plan an eco-friendly celebration.
Sukhdev’s family chose to have the wedding in Kerala to contribute towards the preservation of the fragile ecosystem of Kerala’s backwaters. While the couple was aware that they wouldn’t be able to control every aspect, they did succeed in realising the wedding of their dreams: “In order to create awareness among our guests, we avoided fireworks, and used bicycles for the baraat instead of flashy cars or captive animals.
We reused the materials wherever possible, for instance, the bouquets from the bicycle baraat doubled as the dinner table décor.” The setup comprised natural materials like palm leaves and tender coconut leaves.
Instead of single-use plastic, the couple arranged for biodegradable cutlery (bamboo and palm-based knives, forks and spoons) and crockery (plates and bowls) along with rented champagne glasses.
They share, “The biggest environmental impact of a wedding is usually the carbon emissions of all your guests flying in from around the world. You can offset carbon emissions, like we did, by setting aside some of your gift money towards reforestation and conservation. Don’t try to achieve everything or you’ll never be satisfied. Pick the causes closest to your heart—ban plastic, minimise food wastage or pollution, and so on—and do everything you can to cut down your carbon footprint in those areas.”
Breaking away from tradition, Sukhdev and Zeldenrust donated 10 per cent of their gift money to environmental charities.
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