Make Your Nikah Eco-Friendly (Green Islamic Wedding)
In true simple Sunnah tradition, check out these alternative ideas for greenifying your Muslim wedding ceremony, without losing any of the...
Muslim marriage is like a garden. After tilling the land and planting seeds, you hope you've grown flowers and not weeds. In the planning of a wedding however, the budget control is not as organic. With peak wedding season this summer, take a gander at alternative Nikah and Walimah* ideas to colour your marriage that much greener. Begin with Bismillah!
Get married outside
Instead of booking an expensive venue, pick a meadow, a national park, and have yourself a wedding in a forest. Hold a picnic style buffet, hang lanterns and bird feeders and tie your own names made from card, off of tree branches.
Have an alfresco boho wedding.
*Nikah - the legal Islamic wedding ceremony. Walima - the reception party.
Make Eco-Friendly Walima Invitations
naturally chic invitations made from recycled materials, which are available in all sorts of types (fonts), engraving options, colours and envelopes. Invites can be printed with soy based inks and include customised vegetable images, perfect for the eco-Muslim in you.
Miss Print Design: Hues of green leaves printed on brown 'kraft' stock card is a popular theme in eco-weddings. Colours can be adapted to seasons and the cards can be scrapbooked later.
all natural cork wedding save the date cards by CorkCountryCottage on Etsy.
By its natural ingredients, the ancient art of dying the skin with beautiful oriental patterns has always been organic. Make sure the ready-made henna tubes are free from chemicals and opt for the organic powdered form of mehndi which you make into a paste yourself.
Handcrafted Marriage Dua Cards
A long-standing tradition at Muslim weddings is to bless the couple with a prophetic supplication (du`a') asking God to keep their union strong. Every Muslim doesn't have this memorised so it's an excellent idea to provide the dua at the table settings.
marriage dua card using a Microsoft word document and printed onto old greeting cards before cutting out and creasing to fold. Decorate the tops with dried petals.
green escort cards at the table too? Names can be printed on the back and you'll have loads of fun explaining why, instead of a 'Mediterranean wedding', you chose the carbon-free transporting theme. Very novel indeed.
green bird place cards and write names, messages, duas and whatever else you fancy as there's real scope for creativity.
We rely on electricity even when we don't need it; although more Britons are living off the grid and many more design their own energy efficient homes. For your own recharged evening, decorate the night air with solar lights in Masor jars.
An Eco-Muslim will take decorative inspiration from nature (not magazines) therefore look around at what God has designed for ideas!
Biodegradable confetti! Available from Save On Crafts, their soluble confetti is light as snow and will wash away in the rain. Perfect!
cones made from newspaper. You don't need sellotape or staples - take a sheet, fold one corner over completely, wrap into a cone and tuck in the edges.
plantable seed paper hearts. When these little hearts have dispersed, they will sprout and bloom various wildflowers. What a way to plant deeds and memories.
Romeo and Juliet confetti by JellyBean Studio is a starting point (or just buy this!)
upcycle that burlap into awesome bunting. On each triangle stencil/sew felt letters of your wedding date, 'alhamdulillah', your names. You don't need disco balls and tinsel at all!
Muslim brides are notorious for being demanding and fussy in the current wedding industry. Dresses, make up, weird co-ordination and costs - it's too much. And a poor bunch of friends will be coping with these bridezillas right until she says 'I do'. So think about the lovely ladies who are helping you pick out stuff, give them back something that will remind them of God.
bouquets fashioned out of fabric. Scrunch and sew leftover satin strips into flower buds and wrap netting and florist tape to make the stems. Design a unique bouquet for each bridesmaid and add 'bling' using vintage brooches, pins and unused ear-rings.
charm bracelets were recycled. Brilliant.
vintage bicycle tote canvas bag and fill with a few organic cosmetics, oud (Arabic perfume), natural soap and FairTrade chocolates. It will definitely convert many to the ecological lifestyle.
Sugared almonds have crossed the borders and first-world Muslims dip into every culture for their preferred favours. From all the weddings I've attended, I've received pouches of herbs, boxes of sweets, printed mugs, vintage jewellery and how-to books. Favours that give back to the earth are definitely my favourite.
Mint Herbs favour in a box for children comes packaged with 100% recycled materials, instructions and a 2" peat pot. It can planted directly in the ground or in a house plant pot so it's really easy for the little ones to begin a gardening passion.
delicious fruits options from Halal Hampers.
Echeveria plant pots are trending now in the green wedding world. Place these at the reception table or bring out in the evening with thank you cards.
'Forget me not' flower seed strip favours are elegant and simple. A great filler for eco-goody bags as a way of saying thank you to guests.
Love Hearts sweets available from Halal Sweets. So they're halal for Muslims!
Other Green Wedding Ideas
Begin your marriage with organic charity - plant a wedding tree seal from Tree In A Box. Check out other green wedding ideas from Pinterest: Eco Muslim Weddings.
handmade wicker baskets for guests to write their messages to you.
Rethink your dining wares - is disposable and compostable cutlery for you? A crafty eco-idea available in packs of 50 from Etsy.
Check out more ideas on Pinterest - Eco Muslim Weddings.