Think a “green wedding” is too much leg work? Think again! We got in touch with the desi couple/ who managed to convince their parents to go against the tide. On 30th Dec, 2018, Recircle co-founders Wasma Imran and Mahin Khan tied the knot in a one-day, zero-waste wedding.
The duo is big on sustainable living as they start as they started Recircle in 2016. Do read about it here: http://blog.generation.com.pk//zero-waste-periods/ You still don’t think that zero waste wedding actually happen? Keep reading to find out how.
THE GOLDEN RULE: 1 DAY TIME EVENT
Wasma & Mahin’s 1 Day Event
So, the first thing to do is to plan just one event and that too a day time event to save on electricity used for lighting. Pictures from their event are beautiful, it’s the sun light! The couple made the decision not to host any extra events as she will be celebrating only one day.
INVITES: (Not your regular invites)
Customized seed paper invites
The Eco couple were certain that no paper invites. They had a wedding website created which showcased their love story and was a personalized invite for the guests that were sent the link to the website. What a cute idea and oh, so sustainable!
Wasma and Mahin had 60 customized seed paper invites made that are 100% biodegradable and when buried into soil and watered regularly they grow into basil plants. How cool is that? Wedding Whizz is the only Pakistani company to make seed paper invites and executed Wasma and Mahin’s vision beautifully.
Wasma had recycled paper bags for her bidhs that contained no sweets that come in plastic packaging but lots of nuts that can be bought in bulk without excessive packaging. It was wrapped with a leaf and a wooden clip. Plastic who?
WEDDING FAVOURS: PLANTERS!
And if that wasn’t enough, the couple gave out the most adorable planters to all the guests as a thank you for attending. Planting is the easiest way to take care of the environment and it makes for such chic home décor, win win!
When it came down to wedding décor, the couple already knew they didn’t want any organic waste so they opted for reusable flowers instead of fresh flowers that were rented.
Look at how stunning the flowers look in the background, you can’t even tell they’re fake!
Would you just look at this cute chalkboard which adds such a DIY feeling to the wedding and feels so welcoming!
(Would you imagine even after Lahore’s one dish rule, food is still wasted in huge amounts!)
Waste was collected by Waste busters
Shaadi ho our khana waste na ho? Actually, khana waste nai hua. The couple had all leftovers distributed to people in need by Rizq and all other organic waste such as bones and pieces of roti, was collected by Waste busters and was turned into compost and then sent to guests as a thank you. The caterers had been requested to use glass bottles that are reused and recycled instead of plastic ones without plastic straws.
It’s not a winter wedding without Kashmiri chai, is it? Tea was served in ceramic tea cups. So whatever drink you prefer , it’s completely plastic free!
(wo bhi eco-friendly?)
Wasma and Mahin figured out how to get recycled silver. “We got our rings hand crafted from Europe. And while it sounds really fancy, meteorite rings are really cheap! 1/50th the price of diamonds”. And to top it off, both parties split the costs and there was no dowry in the equation.
It does sound like a lot of hard work, we know, but aren’t weddings hard work anyway? Eco friendly or not.
Speaking to Wasma inspired all of us and we hope that whether you’re the bride or bridesmaid this festive season, you’re just as inspired as we are.