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City couples recycle happiness

- Abhinav Verma abhinav.verma@hindustant­

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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