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Couple Had An Eco-friendly Wedding On A Tiny Island!

Eco-friendly There’s one thing we can tell you- you might have never seen a wedding like this before! Everything about this wedding was super unique- right from the location, to the eco-friendly measures taken to even the bridal outfit,

which was a 37 year old family heirloom. Yep, Tim and Aranya had a wedding which was not just super thoughtful, but pretty too, and we loved each and every idea they implemented!

Eco-friendly

The Love Story

Tim and Aranya met in the most unlikely of places – a hostel in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2011. They were both there to volunteer at a sustainability NGO and hit it off immediately. Fast-forward to 21 December 2019, and they got married in Aranya’s hometown of Guwahati in Assam on their 8th year of togetherness in her grandparents’ home.

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The Wedding

It was deeply important to the bride and groom to have a wedding that was as sustainable as possible – not only was it a nod to the way they met, but it was also the most practical thing to do in a world of wasteful weddings and over consumerism. Furthermore, being a proud daughter of the soil, Aranya wanted to showcase the best of Assam’s unique culture to friends and family that had flown in from all over the world; this included supporting local suppliers to manage all events and taking all guests on a cruise to a private sand island on one of the greatest rivers of the world – the Brahmaputra river.

The Eco-friendly measures

  • For starters, single-use plastic was banned from the entire wedding.
  • Drinks were served in glasses, biodegradable plant-based cups or clay matkas.
  • Food was served in plates and bowls made from areca nut, banana leaf or ceramic.
  • Fresh orchids on the mandap, marigold confetti in banana leaf bowls.
  • Wedding invitations designed and printed locally on recycled paper.
  • These elements were tied together by reusable fabrics, bamboo, seasonal flowers and traditional symbols like the Xorai (a bell metal stand that portrays great respect) and Nao (traditional wooden boat) – all of which were used to highlight the natural beauty and cultural richness of Assam.

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The Bridal Outfits

The theme of sustainability also extended to the bride’s outfits. Aranya was adamant on not buying anything new or designer made, choosing instead to wear her mother’s 37-year old Benaras saree for the Sangeet; a beaded pastel saree for the Mehendi and Pani Tula ceremony (the Pani Tula being the Assamese version of a Haldi) that Aranya had bought on a whim a few years ago but had never worn; and finally the pièce de résistance being a unique mekhela chador (a traditional Assamese two-piece saree) made of Muga – a golden silk found only in the Brahmaputra river valley that remains the truest emblem of Assam.

The Mugamekhela chador was even more special to Aranya as it was entirely designed by her mother – bearing centuries-old indigenous Assamese motifs of lota phool (flower and vines, which was yet another nod to sustainability) – and hand-woven in her mother’s looms for over 1.5 months. The bride purposefully chose to wear mainly family heirlooms belonging to her late grandmother, mother and aunt, with the exception of one unique Assamese headpiece which was hand-beaten by one of the last remaining artisans of the old school of Nagaon gold smithing.

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