Indian weddings are known to be an extravagant affair with over the top decorations, blingy jewellery, greasy but delectable food, thousands of guests and a slew of ceremonies, that have now become a cliché. But certain couples manage to find new ways to make their wedding day unique and yet low key.
It’s a known fact that the conventional ‘big fat Indian wedding’ results in a lot of food, paper, and water wastage. So, a couple from Bhopal ditched everything grand and opted for an environment-friendly wedding. Now, their wedding has become a hot topic on social media.
Newlywed Pranshu Kankane, who also happens to be a businessman, was always fascinated by the idea of an environment-friendly wedding. As his wedding day approached, his brother Prateek came up with a special idea that would greatly reduce paper and food wastage.
Instead of handing out paper wedding invitation cards to guests, they sent out e-invites and requested people to RSVP. Invitees were told not to bring bouquets and requested that they not waste food and leave it on the plates before disposing of them.
However, Prateek and Pranshu’s mother was not entirely convinced about the idea. She said if printed paper cards are not distributed, the family won’t be able to see meet the relatives and other invitees. That is when the brothers came up with the idea of a ‘Green Invite’.
The wedding details were printed on potted plants and sent to all guests. The family also ensured there was no single-use plastic at the wedding. The plants were 8-10 months old and can easily survive for up to 3-4 years.
“I did not expect the reaction we received. People were extremely excited with the invites and as we had 4-5 varieties of plants, including spiritual ones such as Tulsi, they were enthusiastic to pick their own invite,” said Prateek.
The main challenge was to make the Green Invites cost-effective and educate people about the process. Interestingly, the price of a single ‘Green Invite’ was similar to the cost of a single card. The brothers also spent 10-15 minutes with each guest to explain to them the idea of an eco-friendly wedding and how to take care of the potted plant invites.
Besides the environment-friendly invite, the family collaborated with a volunteer organisation named The Robin Hood Army, which is a zero-funds organization that works to get surplus food from restaurants and communities to the less fortunate.
We salute such people who set an example for society!