City cou­ples re­cy­cle hap­pi­ness

HT City - - Front Page - Ab­hi­nav Verma ab­hi­nav.verma@hin­dus­tan­

Aflower of­ten helps con­vey what we may not be able to say through words. No won­der ev­ery spe­cial oc­ca­sion has flow­ers. Ever won­dered what hap­pens to flow­ers at wed­dings? Some city cou­ples have the an­swer.

Flow­ers used for dec­o­ra­tion in wed­dings are now be­ing given to the less priv­i­leged. Shee­tal Choudhary, 27, VP of a real-es­tate group, who got mar­ried in De­cem­ber, says, “It’s sad that the very next day flow­ers end up in the bin. I didn’t want that to hap­pen. The flow­ers at my wed­ding were put up at a cou­ples’ wed­ding, which was a day af­ter mine,” she shares.

Set de­sign­ers and wed­ding plan­ners, too, are ac­tively pro­mot­ing the trend. Ab­hishek Kaushik, set de­signer, says, “It’s heart­en­ing that some of my clients are mak­ing a spe­cial re­quest that the flow­ers be given away to the needy. I have a data­base of NGOs to fa­cil­i­tate flower do­na­tions,” says Kaushik. Wed­ding ar­chi­tect Ashu Garg also en­cour­ages his clients to do­nate the flow­ers. “We of­ten po­litely sug­gest to clients that they do­nate flow­ers, and they are very touched by the idea. Com­mu­nity cen­tres in un­der- priv­i­leged lo­cal­i­ties in­form us about wed­dings tak­ing place,” says Garg.

NGOs in the city also plan to tie up with hospi­tals, or­phan­ages and old age cen­tres to en­able a wider do­na­tion of flow­ers. “Send­ing them to pa­tients, old peo­ple and the hand­i­capped helps spread some pos­i­tiv­ity around,” says Raashi Anand, founder, Lak­shyam, a city based NGO. Su­nita Ku­mari, 25, who got mar­ried last year in April, was one such re­cip­i­ent. She says, “When I got to know that the flow­ers in my wed­ding were do­nated I was speech­less. It made my spe­cial oc­ca­sion even more spe­cial.”


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