The big fat Indian wedding is slowly losing its relevance. With the world becoming more conscious about the environment, couples are now opting for a more eco-friendly wedding where they reject invitation cards, use minimal decor, avoid food wastage, and offer plants as gifts.
In a similar incident, a couple in Delhi, Aditya Aggarwal and Madhuri Balodi, recently got hitched in a wonderful eco-friendly wedding. According to National Herald, the couple ditched the traditional arrival of the groom on a mare or a car and had him and the entire baarat arrive on electric bikes!
The decor of the venue, including the pandal, was done using recycled waste products. They even used empty alcohol bottles as decoration and steered clear of plastic items.
The bride, Madhuri, ditched the heavy makeup look and chose a simple yet elegant look.
The couple had invited 100 guests according to the pandemic protocol. Guests were served coconut water on arrival. As a gift, they were given plants that were wrapped in newspaper. Earlier, they chose not to give wedding invitation cards and circulated a WhatsApp invite instead.
What’s better? Instead of elaborate floral garlands, the couple exchanged tulsi garlands!
“We decided that we would marry in this very hygienic format without litter and harm to nature. Madhuri and I were a little nervous lest people should make fun of all this as many have a tendency to ridicule if it’s not a stereotype. But at the end of the day, it went well and everyone appreciated the move,” said the groom.
The couple added:
“We had simple food, a bunch of school and college friends and close relatives. There was no professional mehndi artist- my friend did it instead. We sent an e-invite, the baarat rode in on cycles; there was no exchange of gifts. My bestie, Shweta gifted us tulsi varmala which later became the dry powder of our tea. Guests came walking or used a cycle available on rent and we distributed plant saplings at the end of the wedding.”
What a great example Madhuri and Aditya have set! You don’t need a lavish wedding to celebrate love. We can choose to celebrate it responsibly instead.