From zero use of flowers to recyclable cardboard chairs, Diksha and Siddharth pulled off a carbon-neutral wedding in style.
Indian weddings are known for their grandeur and extravagance, but we don’t talk about the carbon footprint of the big, fat Indian wedding.
Diksha and Siddharth decided to chalk up some good karma at their wedding with a no-plastic, no-waste wedding. Considering their work as green advocates, sustainable celebrations proved to be no less colorful or creative. And of course, when you know you’re doing your bit for Mother Earth, your joy is bound to be extra special.
How we met
“I’m from a design background, Siddharth is a marketing professional and an alumnus of MICA. We met at an ad agency and clicked immediately. Our passion for entrepreneurship brought us closer. We became business partners and now run D Worldwide – a communication agency and a sustainability consultancy for the media and entertainment industry called G.A.M.E. (Greening Advertising Media and Entertainment).”
“There is something extraordinary about the Radio Club, Colaba. Even as a kid, I would get super excited to watch the Arabian Sea from there. It was my childhood dream to have my wedding near the ocean, close to nature and what’s better than the iconic backdrop of the Gateway Of India. We agreed about the Radio Club right at the start and it marked the beginning of our wedding preparations.”
“Siddharth and I are non-drinkers and Coke fans. So we decided to have a ‘Coca Cola’ themed mehndi night. We designed a fun photo backdrop with props that were all things Coca-Cola. The best part of it was the tulsi saplings that we planted in Coca-Cola cans and distributed as giveaways. Sid even painted his shoes with custom Coke graphics.”
“Going back to our roots every once in a while is a good thing, but taking a green route is even better! To reduce the carbon footprint, we ensured that the materials used for our decor were made with biodegradable substances. From bamboo food stalls to recyclable cardboard chairs, from zero use of flowers to eco confetti for the pheras, we did pull off this carbon-neutral wedding in style!
We wanted to avoid the massive wastage of flowers that usually takes place in a wedding. So we decided to use recycled cardboard varmalas for our big day. Apart from the decoration in my wedding hairdo, we made sure not to use flowers anywhere else. Even for the pheras, we provided our guests with Ecofetti, which is biodegradable in nature and doesn’t require to be cleaned up.
We gave a digital twist to our favorite – ‘Joota Churai Rasam’. After Siddharth and my sister finally settled on a price, the payment was made by swiping the card. We also tied up with Mission Green Mumbai to spread the message of sustainability among our guests. A booth was set up where guests were encouraged to gift us a sapling instead of the usual gifts.”
Advice for Couples
“Our advice would be to keep the usage of resources frugal so we don’t burden the environment too much. Do tie up with NGOs or organizations who work for the causes you truly believe in. This makes the wedding more meaningful and memorable.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: The Bombay Presidency Radio Club Limited
Wedding Planning: Social Shehnai
Bride’s Outfits: Papa Don’t Preach (Mehndi), Sabyasachi (Wedding)
Jewelry: Outhouse Jewelry
Makeup Artist: Doll You Up By S
Photography: Lights & Stories