There were many hesitations about the creation of the Metaverse but this couple took it’s limits farther than anyone imagined.
As COVID-19 created restrictions and downsizing to families in India when it came to weddings, there was one venue that was not affected by the restrictions: the meta verse.
If you’re not familiar it, the Metaverse is a virtual 3D environment where users can gather and interact.
Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi and Janaganandhini Ramaswamy are from Tamil Nadu and their restrictions declare that wedding gatherings are limited to 100 people. However, in the virtual space they created, they are able to invite up to 2,000 guests.
The groom is a 24-year-old blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiast who helped with a start-up platform called “TardiVerse” to create a Hogwarts inspired space in the metaverse.
India’s first ever metaverse wedding is complete with customizable avatars and the iconic Hogwarts castle where the wedding will take place that overall costed 150,000 Indian rupees or $2,016 US dollars to design, develop and host.
Many people were quick to make a fuss about the virtual wedding. Mostly being jokes, one user commented, “Tell me you don’t want to spend money on a wedding reception without saying you don’t want to spend money on a wedding reception”
“All fun and games until the wifi crash”, another user joked.
There were however some users that acknowledged that this particular stunt isn’t anything new, “I’m sure people have gotten married online before.”
The legal wedding ceremony will still take place physically in front of close friends and relatives in Ramaswamy’s village in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district.
Afterwards, the couple will log on to join their reception where the one-hour event will see the newlyweds virtually address their guests, who will be able to explore the castle and revel in the customizations of their avatars.
What most people do not know however, the couple pointed out another unique advantage: Ramaswamy’s late father. “My father-in-law passed away last April,” Padmavathi said. “So, I’m creating a 3D avatar that looks similar to (him), and he will bless me and my fiancée. That’s something we can only do in the metaverse.”
There are even known stories of another couple in the United States who held a digital ceremony on the virtual platform, Virbela.