Actress turned organic farmer Liz Hurley is planning her wedding. She’s marrying millionaire Arun Nayar in India on Valentine’s Day at the DeviGarth (resort / palace). Guests expected to attend the matrimonial bash include: Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, Pamela Anderson, and Hugh Grant. We’d like to take the information provided by the article to provide some eco-tips to Liz Hurley. Text in quotes is from the article (via Hotel Chatter):
“Not content with the hotel’s first class reputation for cuisine, she allegedly plans to fly out three specially hired Michelin starred chefs from London to create a series of menus for the wedding.”
Rebecca: Ok, that doesn’t bother me that much…as long as the chefs try to utilize as much local food as possible.
Michael: Depends on what “flying-out” means. Are these chefs each getting a private jet or are they flying first class on a commercial jet?
“And wary of the notoriously erratic local electricity supply, she is said to have ordered that ‘silent generators’ be transported from the Indian capital New Delhi – a 14-hour drive away – to ensure the party is not disturbed by Devigarh’s own generators, which make a barely audible groan when they re-boot.”
Rebecca: I’ve been to places where the infrastructure just isn’t there, and the power supply just isn’t reliable (I’m talking to you, Dominican Republic). I understand the use of generators…but I’d like to make a request, Liz: Set the generators up to run on biodiesel or simply used veggie oil. You don’t want your wedding to have it’s own personal layer of smog, do you?
Michael: Agreed on the biofuel and that the D.R. has one of the worst power infrastructures. Luckily, the house I stayed in had solar to tide us through the interruptions..but I digress…
Rebecca: Interesting point, M…I guess you could look at the money you are spending and see if the cost is anywhere near what it would take to help the hotel install its own alternative (renewable) power source.
“The Indian government refused to permit air traffic control clearance for a fleet of helicopters to shuttle the star guests from Udaipur’s tiny airport. Instead an arduous, twisting road journey through the Aravalli Hills awaits the A-list guests.”
Rebecca: I’d recommend using biodiesel running vehicles on this one, too, Liz.
Michael: Arduous? Give me a break. I’m sure they’ll all have comfortable gas-guzzling limos or SUVs. Cry me a river about the lack of helicopters.
“It is understood that an as yet un-named magazine are ‘sponsors’ of the event and will foot the bill for seven charter flights from New Delhi and Mumbai to Udaipur.”
Rebecca: Hmm…sounds like maybe there could be a better solution for this. Are commercial flights an option? But, if you are set on having charter flights – please make sure you fill those planes up. So your celebrity guests may have to wait for some others to arrive…so what? Make sure you’ve got plenty of champagne on hand and they won’t notice the difference.
Michael: Also, plan on showing An Inconvenient Truth as in-flight entertainment.
Congratulations, Liz & Arun. We hope you have a great wedding and happy marriage…and that you take some of our eco-advice to make your special day a little greener.