Gorgeous outfits...Loaded with creative ideas...DIY galore...Brimming with love...Stunning decor...Steal-worthy photo ideas–the wedding I am gonna take you through today has it ALL! But most importantly, it is an eco-friendly wedding which had an exceptionally talented sister of the bride who planned the entire zero-waste wedding. Meet Sanchita & Prasoon, who recently got hitched in an intimate Bikaner wedding. Both of them met at work and are complete opposite personalities but absolutely perfect together.
The bride Sanchita is a zero-waste enthusiast and a professional working towards achieving UN sustainable development goals. Her idea of the wedding was to have environmentally-conscious celebrations, unlike the usual big fat weddings that dole out heaps of waste. So her sister, Prakriti Rajvanshi, a treasure trove of talent envisioned the 'Let Love Grow' theme for the wedding and executed it with her commendable skills.
Right from the most eco-friendly ideas to the most thoughtful favours & some of the quirkiest decor ideas ever (imagine using Nimbu-Mirchi for haldi decor)–this wedding wooed us in so many ways. And I can wait no more to share the most creative, endearing and steal-worthy ideas from this wedding which was captured gorgeously by our vendor Beginnings For You.
Sanchita & Prasoon's wedding shenanigans began with an eco-friendly outdoor mehndi ceremony. It was a love at first glance for me when I stumbled upon the pictures from this entirely DIY-ed mehndi ceremony. Prakriti Rajvanshi, the sister of the bride created a blissful yet zero-waste decor using handmade signages and reusable elements. These signages were made using cardboards and seed paper. Furthermore, the bride's seating area was also amped using reusable artificial flowers and peachy drapes.
Bride's mehndi seating area decked with reusable artificial flowers
Having a special corner for personalised elements at weddings, I instantly fell hard for the way Sanchita got her wedding hashtag 'Butter chicken with Bhujia' included in her bridal mehndi design.
Here is another eco-friendly idea from Sanchita and Prasoon's mehndi ceremony that wooed us, i.e. a mehndi favour cart. The bride believes, "A plant is the best gift you can give to anyone. Most of us are so occupied with our professional and personal lives that gardening is a long lost hobby." So, she stocked the favour cart with seed balls and saplings for outstation and local guests respectively. She ordered the seed balls from Araatrika for INR 20 each and wrapped each of them in a small cloth bag made from an unused organza dupatta. Seed balls are easy-to-carry and hence turned out to be a perfect favour for outstation guests. For the local guests, the bride sourced saplings from a local nursery at the price of INR 30 per plant. Most saplings come wrapped in plastic, but to avoid its use, she cut jute bags into small pieces and wrapped the saplings with them instead.
Mehndi favour cart
Plant saplings wrapped in jute for the local guests
Easy-to-carry seed balls wrapped in organza cloth for outstation guests
Now that's super thoughtful! Isn't it?
But wait, that's not all! The bride also beautifully stacked identical leheriya sarees for the bridesmaids on the favour cart. She simply tied the sarees with a golden thread and placed them in the cart. All the bridesmaids coordinated in these sarees at the haldi ceremony.
Leheriya sarees for bridesmaids
Prasoon and Sanchita made for a fashion-forward couple at their wedding. Take the case of their Engagement outfits! Sanchita frolicked around in a glimmering mirror work lehenga by Abhinav Mishra. Prasoon, on the other hand, looked dapper in a timeless black tuxedo set with a bow-tie.
The bride and her planner sister ensured to brush the engagement night with a few personalised touches as well. So, they created personalised couple chair tags with jute rugs and also created a significant hashtag installation using thick cardboard.
Couple's wedding hashtag installation created with thick cardboard
DIY-ed couple chair tags
Making the full use of the old bangles that lay untouched at their place, Sanchita and Prakriti converted them into beauteous hathphools. They used golden lace to cover the bangle, added yellow pompom and displayed them on the haldi favours cart.
This is another interesting DIY that definitely deserves your attention! Foreseeing the wastage that the usual envelopes witness, Sanchita preferred using the newspaper for this purpose. So, they created newspaper Sagan envelopes and put a personalised wax seal on each of them. They created these envelopes in three colours to indicate the amount of money in it. Check out this amazing idea!
The bride's sister came up with the idea of using 'Nimbu Mirchi' for the haldi decor. And we must say, it made for an eye-catchy backdrop.
Still confused about how to pamper your bridesmaids? Well, take some inspiration from Sanchita who got curated a box consisting of organic beauty products by Lushveda. She presented these boxes to her bridesmaids along with handwritten letters and a local cultural chowki.
Sanchita had an immensely endearing getting-ready session with her sister; her bridal room truly witnessed some of the most beautiful stories. Sanchita made for a gorgeous traditional bride as she slipped into a fuschia pink gota patti lehenga by Rajbinder Kaur (Shahpur Jat). She paired it with the prettiest heirloom jewellery. And we JUST CAN'T stop ogling over the mesmerising bridal shots captured by Beginnings For You.
If Sanchita floored us with her ethereal bridal look, Prasoon was no behind. He slipped into a classic ivory sherwani that resonated his warm personality. He played his accessory game strong and layered up emerald and pearl necklaces around his neck.
No great wedding album is complete without a few soul-stirring monochrome photographs! Sanchita and Prasoon's wedding album too comprised of a few gripping black and white shots that perfectly beheld the strong emotions of the moments.
Sanchita and her sister Prakriti bought seed paper and cotton paper from Pap Art Creation (Palanto). She got them printed locally with minimal design aesthetics. The envelopes were further made from mixed flowers seed paper which can be planted in the soil.
Photography: Beginnings For You | Venue: Sagar Palace, Bikaner | Wedding Planner: Creative Minds Corner by Prakriti Rajvanshi | Bride's Outfits: The Rolly (Mehndi), Abhinav Mishra (Engagement), Rajbinder Kaur (Wedding) | Seed Balls: Araatrika | Bride's Jewellery: Ziva Art Jewellery | Bride's Makeup and Hair Artist:ArckMakeovers, Liven Massey