When eyebrows are raised more than fulsome toasts at weddings, know that there’s change afoot. The decadent delight of boutique weddings, complete with mega-dollar wastage, is being frowned upon and has led to a demand for ‘wedding ceremonies that do not leave an environmentally hazardous footprint’ on the world. The demand has been taken up in all seriousness by enterprising green citizens. And, on offer are eco-friendly wedding packages. Essentially, this means, for instance, that a wedding couple calculates the mileage guests will travel and offsets their carbon dioxide emissions by donating to preserve rainforests et al. Absurd? Not at all. It’s, apparently, the green way of saying ‘I do’.
Noble as the concept is, the green wedding all too easily lends itself to the same class of boutique weddings like, say, underwater marriages. Novelty apart, the green couple must be really green to fall for such fads. After all, a mini-industry of green props and products is bound to spin into action in order to make such a wedding aesthetically memorable.
Of course, this is as good a time as any for India’s whopping wedding cottage industry to show its mettle. Where else will one find such a wide variety of greenware made of leaves, dry or fresh, earthen kulhars to delight the senses, or seasonal flowers used with such finesse and style? So, it does make sense to vow to stay together till ozone holes do us part and watch others go green with envy.