How the big, fat Indian wedding got a digital makeover
Ulageswari R is a dreamer. She has always wanted to have a lavish wedding, one with thousands of friends and family taking part in elaborate ceremonies.
She was engaged to Sivavallinathan A in February, and they were to be married on June 10. They had even booked Chennai’s popular multi-purpose hall, Kalaignar Arangam, as their wedding mandapam.
But then, the pandemic and ensuing lockdown arrived. Ulageswari and family had to re-think their options. They decided to retain the wedding date, but changed the venue to their residence on Chennai’s East Coast Road. A friend was roped in to help with decorations in their parking area.
When they tied the knot, there were 30 in attendance, in person. But several hundreds joined in virtually, through a special app and website that they had created with the help of Chennai-based Wedding Wishlist.