Reusable décor makes for a highly sustainable yet fashionable wedding celebration. Read on to find out how they can be incorporated into your wedding..
Vignesh and Veena Balakrishnan wanted to host a zero-waste wedding. Besides the e-vites, the couple consciously decided to not spend on purchases like trousseau and jewellery—the bride wore her grandmother’s sari and paired it with heirloom jewellery. They took an important decision to avoid plastic in all forms. So alternate seating options such as floor bedding and steel and wooden furniture were sourced for the reception.
For the four-hour-long festivities, they ensured the décor was minimalistic and 100 per cent plastic-free; they did so by including seasonal flowers along with lights, blackboards, paintings and fabrics. Food was served on banana leaves and dessert in areca bowls, along with reusable glasses and water jugs.
Vignesh and Veena additionally went to great lengths to correctly dispose of leftover food: “We tied up with Robin Hood Army—a volunteer-based organisation that works to get surplus food from restaurants to the less fortunate sections of society in cities across India and in other countries.”
“The organisation collected the leftover food, which was then distributed to workers, kids and a child welfare centre,” the couple adds.
The used banana leaves, areca and rolling paper were transferred to a compost pit to make manure.
“The used flowers were given to a colony in Thiruvanmiyur (Chennai) to be used as garden fertiliser, while all the vegetable waste was used as a garden tonic,” the couple states.
Photos Courtesy: Two’s Company India