My article on green marriages(: … I had been to Mumbai last week for a cousin’s wedding, it was a interesting wedding expect for one thing I did not like, water for guests were served with plastic bottles and I never took water from there(: anyway there where lots of other interesting drinks to drink, like lime soda, for me great thrist quencher, add pudina aka mint and spice it up maybe some pepper then nice rasum and soup(: (: yum yum yummy… Anyway my article on green marriages. After this a super article on marriage vows coming up(: … the pundit ji who conducted the marriage explained to all the marriage vows. Now that divorces are on the rise I personally feel before the couple get married they attend a pre marital counselling session together. The pundit ji gave marriage wisdom along with conducting marriage…applause… and here is my article on green marriages… ta da
Eco-Friendly Weddings – Helpful insights
Since the past few years, couples have been opting for differently styled weddings than the usual traditional ones – there has entered the green weddings and wedding with vegan food. This trend is a catching on with more people wanting to do green eco friendly wedding and weddings with vegan palette etc. Links that give all information on eco-friendly weddings with news of people who have taken the step to have such weddings is provided at the end, please read them. A huge applause to them to have a wedding that’s eco-friendly and taking on Indian society which still prefers long, elaborate, traditional heavy weddings.
In eco-friendly weddings the idea is simple – the wedding should be conducted in such a way which causes minimal harm to the environment.
Here are some elements to look into for eco-friendly weddings, please go through the links provided at the end as well.
The simplest and basic thing to ensure is try to eliminate use of disposables completely, instead plan to arrange for steel cups, melamine utensils. There is also edible cutlery like spoons, they can be eaten after being used to have food instead of it being thrown away. Don’t know the details but they must be made of cinnamon, starch or something, this should be a good option.
After this disposal of waste should be adhered to by embracing the concept of ‘zero waste’ , no waste should go to landfill. The compostable waste like flowers, leafs, food should go for composting and other non-compostable waste should go to plastic centers.
Let’s be aware that many things we wear and do at weddings are not eco-friendly. The jewellry (gold) we wear are procured through mining that is harmful to our environment. The silk sari and dresses we wear as part of our Indian tradition are made after cruelly killing silk worms that would have otherwise been part of Nature and ecosystem as butterflies. If one can find alternatives to this it’s lovely. There are silk sarees that are made without disturbing the silk worms, they are called non-violent silk or Ahimsa sarees. They are made from silk left by silk worms without disturbing their lifecycle. You can check them out, though they are costlier than silk materials. You may opt for anything you like by being creative too, wear clothes made in eco friendly way by artisans. Through this you are also being Indian ambassador promoting the ignored artisan’s skills in dress making. Some people make clothes out of recycled materials too, in the links below you can find such instances.
For the garlands and even decor, it’s good to use local flowers instead of exotic ones like rose.Ensure the flowers don’t come with other accompaniments that you eventually have to throw away.
One can plan the backdrop in the stage with a theme they are passionate about. Making use of some indoor plants is good idea, as they serve a good purpose of giving clean air and freshness.
Let’s take care that there is minimum wastage of food as well. To grow vegetables, grains a lot of water has gone into it, so it’s a good value not to waste food, otherwise we are wasting water and vitamins and minerals that would have nourished many poor children and people who are malnourished. Our farmers worked hard to grow crops, it is a source of livelihood for them and to respect them we must respect every grain of precious food we get on the plate.
For this one has to tell the waiters to serve guests slowly and in less quantities, never serve food quantities that would be too heavy on a person’s tummy. One can opt for a buffet system where guests take food they want from the food serving area. Also it will be good if a sign is put on the area which sends the message to guests in a polite and good humored fashion to not waste food. Care should be taken to design a message but it can be done, many of your guests would appreciate your thought on not wasting food, a excellent value we people must imbibe.
Speaking about rich food to give to guests, it should be healthy. It would be eco friendly to use fresh Organic produce for food. It is not a good practice to serve too many sweets with so much sugar and ghee, also food that makes the stomach too full as happens in marriages is not a comfortable feeling. So, design a menu that won’t be too heavy on the stomach of the guests, ensure it’s healthy as well. One may use jaggery instead of sugar, have buttermilk that’s good for digestion after eating marriage food, light rasam etc . Let’s ensure there is not excess of oil and ghee, sugar. It’s not necessary to have too many varieties of food, let’s have food varieties that’s less but made tasty and healthy.
When serving water to guest, never serve disposable mineral water bottles.to them.Imagine so many plastic bottle wastes generated along with water in them getting wasted!! Arrange for enough steel or other material tumblers, cups and serve water from one mineral water can. You can be creative and always do more like serve zeera water and lightly flavoured water in earthen cups with a attendant who would serve the water to guests from jugs in the water serving area.
As memento for guests give them things like cooking turmeric powder or saplings of tulsi or lime. These are healthy and useful, ensure the packing material is useful and eco friendly. Some options are cloth bags, jute bags maybe with your marriage logo(: as momento (get creative).
It would be beautiful if the newly married couple show generosity to the less privileged too by giving them food as well that’s served to guests because starting a new life and chapter with a good deed is a good thing when combined with blessings of parents, well wishers and others, the goodness blessings just multiplies(it’s again a value, good Dharma and Karma) .
Also it would be good to mention in the invitation that it’s a eco friendly function, something like we only require the esteemed company of our guests and their best wishes and we appreciate it if they don’t bring any gifts wrapped in plastics, no flower bouquets as well, they would be thrown away and are meaningless.
These are just points for a eco friendly wedding… others can give more ideas. If planned properly, arrangements can be made well(:
Someone who has done a eco – friendly wedding for himself and arranged such weddings for few others is Vijetha Nagabhushan N . The news of how he arranged for his eco friendly wedding is in the link provided below. You can refer to him as well, he runs nursery where he grows plants.
Links – Here is article that tells you what you should do to have a eco – friendly wedding
The rest of the articles are news about people who have done done friendly functions -: