Green/Eco-friendly weddings have become a thing for the last few years. While there are many ways to have an eco-friendly wedding, there are some easy ways to reduce waste and avoid plastic at an Indian Shaadi. It may seem like an additional task amidst all the planning you have for your big day, but it’s decisions like these that will help us live a life devoid of waste and plastic. Catering for a green wedding can be a bit difficult yet achievable. Here are some catering ideas if you are planning a green wedding. 

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Cutlery

                                                      

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Talking about how we can reduce waste and avoid plastic as a part of its catering is by ditching plastic cutlery and straws and choose crockery that doesn’t go into a landfill. For example, you can choose steel straws instead of plastic ones, and use edible cutlery!

Disposable cutlery can be easily removed by opting for reusable, biodegradable tableware. Start ditching those plastic bottles that you see piled on every table at weddings and work out zero waste options with your caterer/hotel. 

Food

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Since food is the center of any celebration, and going green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste! The farm-to-table movement is in full swing, meaning it’s more accessible than ever to source healthy, earth-friendly food. When you’re budgeting, keep in mind that organic foods may cost more, but asking your caterer to source from in-season, locally-grown products will help keep the cost down and guarantee the freshest finds.

                                                               

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You can also work with a neighborhood baker to see if they’re on board to use locally-sourced ingredients (like eggs and dairy products) for the cake. When bought directly from growers, the food needs less time in the fridge and less packaging to stay fresh, so you’re being especially kind to Mother Earth, too. And since the food is coming from a shorter distance, less fuel is needed to transport it. Really want to impress your guests? Supplement your table decor with herb plants in terracotta pots, like basil or cilantro, that guests can add straight to their dishes.

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Also, since nowadays people are going gluten-free, soy-free and whatnot, accommodating at least one of these menu options is yet another wonderful idea. Particularly, this change in the menu will add so much experience for you and your guests since you have not only taken care of the dietary restrictions of guests but also helped the environment.

Leftover Food

Since weddings have become a platform to display social status, people spend lavishly on grand weddings, and as a result, a lot of food ends up wasted. One of the most disturbing facts about weddings is that 99.9% of times there will be leftover food.

Food wastage is another big issue concerning our environment. However, we can see couples making a conscious effort to ensure that there is no wastage of food. The food can be packed & donated to needy people or NGOs. 

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Feeding India’s initiative ‘Meals with love’ is designed especially for weddings where the unserved food or food that has been wasted is served to the needy people who are left hungry on a daily basis. This initiative has helped feed about two million people to date. They have reportedly picked up food from comedian Kapil Sharma’s wedding. Such initiatives supported by celebrities and public figures make it more famous and successful where people gain knowledge about it and try to depict the same. 

These catering ideas if you are planning a green wedding can be of great use to you. Even if not a green wedding, if you try to incorporate these ideas for your normal wedding it shall be a great help for the environment. Because it is these small changes that make a big change in the end. 

 

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