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Save paper, send e-invites

entertainment Updated: Jun 05, 2011 14:39 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
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Green living is catching on in the country and even the big fat Indian wedding is taking cue. A survey by matrimonial website Shaadi.com
revealed that Indians are now open to the idea of eco-friendly weddings and are even thinking of ways to support the green cause on their big day.

From doing away with paper invites and avoiding firecrackers, to even serving guests food on banana leaves, Indians will do it all, if it promotes the cause and helps reduce their carbon footprint. Bharti Shah, 23, who opted for a small, intimate ceremony in 2010, adds, “We sent out e-invites and didn’t have plastic at all. They were small gestures but as people who love nature, we felt these small details were important.”

Others polled agreed. Among the 1,000 respondents, around 74 per cent said they were considering an eco-friendly wedding, with more than
63 per cent feeling it was the right thing to do. Also, an additional 18 per cent said they felt green weddings didn’t cost much and they were willing to put in extra effort on their big day.

Taking things further, more than 90 per cent people polled said they were open to having paperless invites and have considered sending out e-invites, as this will save trees. They also suggested marrying in winter, donating leftovers and using recyclable material to help the green cause.

However, it wasn’t all good news with more than 50 per cent saying they weren’t sure if an eco-friendly would fit the Indian context.

How green do you feel?
Eco-friendly weddings are a rising trend for couples around the globe, and there are plenty of ways to do your part as you make your final plans. Here is what respondents polled in India had to say:

* Do you think eco-friendly weddings are:
* Not lavish – 18.2%
* In vogue – 0%
* More expensive – 18.2%
* The right thing to do – 63.6%

* Would you consider a paperless invite?
* Yes – 90.9%
* No – 9.1%

* If yes, why?
* I would like to save trees – 40%
* It’s more economical and convenient – 60%

* Do you think eco-friendly weddings are relevant in the Indian context?
* Yes – 27.3%
* No – 18.2%
* Not sure – 54.5%

* Would you opt for an eco-friendly wedding?
* Yes, I would consider an eco- friendly wedding – 74.4%
* No, I would rather be eco friendly in my lifestyle and not my wedding – 25.6%

* If yes, what steps would you take to make your wedding eco friendly?
Some of the unique responses were:
* Avoid any kind of plastic plates and glasses
* Opt for e-invites
* Use paperless invites
* No firecrackers
* No over-the-top music, band and baarat (wedding procession)
* Have a winter wedding to avoid using ACs
* Use light conservatively
* Try and use recyclable stuff
* Donate leftovers
* Use banana leaves instead of plates
* Have the wedding in the morning or afternoon to save electricity