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10 Tips for a Zero Waste Wedding

It is estimated that more than 10 million weddings take place in India every year and all these celebrations leave behind trucks full of waste in the form of discarded plastic cutlery, used flowers, a large amount of food, etc.

With the wedding season set to resume from April 14, industry experts say this will add even more to other wedding-related waste like wedding cards, return gifts and unwanted wedding gifts.

Made in Heaven wedding curators Aaradhana and Prateek Kashyap list some tips for a zero waste wedding

Go for a hybrid weddingg – The pandemic has made hybrid marriages the norm at the time. It’s safe, can be inexpensive, and make for a very intimate and personal celebration. By having the number of guests at a minimum, you can stay long enough and have an elaborate wedding. A small guest list will also help to better plan catering, favors and decoration, as well as implement low-waste solutions that might not be possible with a large wedding party.

Prefer a wedding day – This will help avoid generators and electrical load on site. Choose a location with an open lawn and natural, shady beauty with flowers and trees in abundance. If the place is naturally attractive, you can avoid wasted decoration.

Choose your location wisely – Opt for a sustainable and eco-friendly place that uses solar energy, composts and recycles waste, has links with NGOs for the donation of surplus food, fresh flowers, a space with reusable decor and a lawn for daytime events etc.

Opt for electronic invitations or invitations made from recycled paper and seeds – Avoid paper invitations and opt for electronic invitations. If you want to go for physical invitations, limit the number and opt for recycled paper or bamboo and even seeded invitations.

Avoid themed weddings– A themed wedding involves elaborate structures, involving the use of wood, thermocol and other materials that cannot be used, so it is advisable to avoid themed weddings. If you are planning a themed event, rent rather than buy decor and equipment, rent it! This will ensure that there is less waste and you are not directly contributing to it!

Decorate wisely – Avoid plastics, use local fresh flowers instead and support a small entrepreneur. Flower waste can be donated to NGOs who recycle it and make products from fresh flower waste. Also, be sure to use non-foam floral installations. Use live plants as centerpieces, you can even give them to your guests as favors. Use fabric scraps for decoration or reusable accessories. Avoid electric lights, use solar lanterns instead. At a typical Indian wedding, more than Rs.2 lakh is spent on lighting alone. Hire a wedding curator who specializes in lasting marriages. Use minimal construction.

Keep an eye on food waste – Surprisingly, between 10-20% of the food is wasted at the average Indian wedding. To avoid food waste, go for plated dinners, have a plan to save leftovers if you’re doing a buffet to, for example, attach yourself to a cloud kitchen or food service that can take the extra food and provide it to those who need it. What could be better than donating food to a food bank at your wedding?. Support local farmers by choosing locally sourced foods, opting for seasonal foods and more vegetarian than non-vegetarian dishes. Replace plastic water bottles with water stations with flavored filtered water. Opt for reusable water bottles and carafes in the rooms. Replace paper towels with cloth napkins. For cutlery, use ceramic, steel or bamboo. Separate dry and wet waste to facilitate composting after the holidays are over.

wedding outfits: Buy from sustainable brands, upcycle your wedding dress or borrow from your mom or dad’s wardrobe, it’s nostalgic to wear what your parents wore on the big day. You can even rent your wedding outfit .

wedding gifts – You can opt for gift registry services or e-gift cards which can reduce the waste generated by gifts alone by up to 50%. However, if you don’t need gifts, you can ask guests to support a charity as gifts. Giving gifts to those in need is a thoughtful way to start your life together.

wedding favors – While you can’t always control what guests give you, you can be sustainable with giveaways. So go for zero waste themed wedding favors. Do not use plastic gift wrap, instead use reusable containers, burlap bags or cloth purses.