Grand weddings are a dream for many. While this could nudge people to make their special day a big-fat one, some choose to keep it minimalistic and environmentally sustainable. Big-fat royal weddings will never go out of style, but some celebrity couples have taken a relatively mindful step towards the celebration of their nuptials — and these have been no less trend-worthy. Big fat weddings are indeed fun and joyful, but they also cause a massive pile-up of trash that harms the environment. It only takes a willing, innovative mind to rekindle the magic of the grand in a small but environmentally sustainable wedding, sans the waste and exploitation of our limited resources.
We often look up to our favorite celebs to draw some inspiration and plan our wedding themes on similar lines. And as conscious citizens of the earth, some of our most loved celebrities have lit a sustainable path for millions to follow. They’ve made a conscious choice to take the green route to further the cause of conserving the environment, even on their wedding day. These couples opted for small wedding ceremonies instead of big fat ones, adding to their “go-green” mantra as fewer guests meant less wastage or accumulation of garbage. If you are wondering who these amazing silver-screen couples are, here are a few that made their wedding green without compromising on the decor, theme, or style.
1. Anushka Sharma And Virat Kohli
The actress and producer Anusha Sharma and Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli tied the knot in a highly private ceremony in Tuscany in December 2017. The much-loved couple took the sustainable route as they sent out their eco-friendly wedding invites with a sapling. They urged the invitees to plant the saplings, taking a conscious stand to preserve nature. Not only did this inspire many soon-to-be-married couples to do the same, but it also helped reduce a lot of toxic waste that comes from fancy invitations.
2. Deepika Padukone And Ranveer Singh
This favorite Bollywood couple tied the knot at a centuries-old monastery in Lake Como, Italy. Their wedding created quite a stir as the couple made extravagant efforts to keep the paparazzi away. A gram-worthy decor that caught the attention of all, this Bollywood couple, too, decided to adopt a sustainable option for their wedding. In doing their bit for the environment, Deepveer (as their fans fondly call them) opted for a green route as they had their reception at a plastic-free zone and served food in biodegradable tableware at the Bangalore venue.
3. Milind Soman And Ankita Konwar
While this celebrity couple did face some flak for their age gap, they didn’t pay much heed to the mindless trolls. What made their wedding so unique was the simplicity of the venue and wedding rituals. The couple chose sustainable clothing (made from natural bamboo fiber) and flower jewelry for the wedding. Also, the couple planted one sapling for every guest who attended the event. Such an impressive way to approach a wedding plan and incorporate environmentally friendly alternatives!
4. Sonam Kapoor And Anand Ahuja
Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, one of the cutest couples of Bollywood, sent out e-invites over Whatsapp and emails instead of paper alternatives for their mehendi, wedding, and reception. This was surely an incredibly environment-friendly move that went viral on social media before the wedding. What’s more — the card was designed to celebrate nature’s beauty and definitely had prettiness written all over it with the green background, white flowers, and an overall rustic appeal.
5. Dia Mirza And Vaibhav Rekhi
Bollywood actress and UNEP National Goodwill Ambassador, Dia Mirza went all out to ensure that her wedding venue was plastic-free and the decor was environmentally sustainable — all-natural and biodegradable. A connoisseur of an eco-friendly lifestyle, Dia has been supporting many efforts to spread awareness on reducing waste and protecting the environment. The diva also wore a handloom saree and had her wedding event planned in her home garden, a great option to reduce carbon emissions from fuels. Such clean and minimalistic ideas to draw inspiration from!
Stunning outdoor decor and royal celebrations can dazzle guests and leave them awe-struck. But there’s more to weddings than just the decor, invitations and outfits. Weddings are, after all, a celebration of love. Why not use it as an opportunity to give back to nature and express our gratitude for the resources it has blessed us with? After all, we have one planet, and there’s no alternative (no, Mars doesn’t count), so being responsible is the only way forward. Conscious, eco-friendly weddings are not only great for your surroundings but the whole planet at large. Which among these celeb-inspired eco-friendly wedding ideas do you like? Do let us know in the comments below!