Buzz

Vegan Weddings 2017 (Monica Pandian & Praveen Raj)

A chance encounter at a vegan meetup led to this 800-guest eco-friendly Hindu celebration.

The big day: June 5, 2016
The place: Chennai, India
RSVPs: 800
Honeymoon: Kerala and Tamil Nadu


The cake: Traditional Indian dessert of coconut milk, lentils, jaggery, cashew nuts, and cardamom
Menu standouts: Spiced chickpeas and potatoes, vegetable rice biryani, and mushroom korma
Guest swag: Handmade organic cotton bags from The Yellow Bag company filled with peanut candy, coconut, beetle leaves, and a guide to veganism


Monica and Praveen’s Story: After exchanging hellos at a vegan meetup in Chennai, India, sparks flew between Pandian and Raj—then became more electric during their shared volunteer work with a local animal shelter.


The wedding day: Their traditional, 800-guest Hindu celebration was Chennai’s first vegan, eco-friendly wedding. No detail escaped the sustainability theme: invites were handmade, décor was compostable, formal wear was handloomed and organically dyed, and even the garlands worn during the ceremony were made of dried cardamom and almonds. Pandian and Raj planned the entire fête themselves, and opted out of supporting the problematic practices of the gold and diamond industries by sourcing bamboo engagement rings.

Can't get enough of vegan weddings? Pick up a copy of the July+August 2017 issue of VegNews, on newsstands now! And discover all of the caterers, cake makers, wedding venues, and photographers used by our 2017 couples by clicking here. Don't miss these other spectacular plant-based weddings:
Jackie Johnson & Adam McCabe
Emily Brobeck & Pierre Wooldridge
Lindsay Jones & Daniel Cano

Check out all of our 2016 vegan weddings couples here!

Photos courtesy of Monica Pandian & Praveen Raj

More Buzz

10 Questions with Former WWE Wrestler Austin Aries

What does a 200-pound vegan wrestler eat to maintain his size and strength? Plant-based food, of course!
Read More »

6 Tips for Vegan Cosplay and Costumers

Save the world, one plant-based costume at a time.
Read More »

The Busy Life of Esther the Wonder Pig

VegNews sits down with Esther's dads to chat about favorite snacks, vegan cruises, and take an exclusive first look at her upcoming children's book.
Read More »

5 Connections Between the Food and Fashion Industries

Fair-trade fashion and the plant-based movement tackle similar challenges to create a more ethical world.
Read More »

14 Ways to Eat Vegan S’mores

Celebrate National S’mores Day with more than a dozen vegan ways to eat the classic campfire treat.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »