Couple plan worlds first metaverse wedding to get around Covid guest limits
A couple are planning the world's first wedding in the metaverse to get around guest limits imposed by Covid restrictions.
Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi and Janaganandhini Ramaswamy from Tamil Nadu, India, have splashed out 150,000 Indian rupees (£1,490) on the design and hosting of their virtual reception next month.
They have also managed to invite 2,000 people – whereas current rules in the region restrict in-person weddings to 100.
"Because of the pandemic, a physical, real kind of reception is not possible with the huge number of people attending," Padmavathi, a 24-year-old cryptocurrency enthusiast, told CNN.
The metaverse is a network of 3D virtual worlds, typically accessed with the help of virtual and augmented reality headsets, where users from across the globe can interact with one another.
The decision to move their wedding into the metaverse has also given the couple more freedom with regards to the ceremony.
A pair of self-confessed "Potterheads", they have made it a Hogwarts-themed event which can be attended from the comfort of one's own home.
Working with start-up platform TardiVerse, Padmavathi has created a castle-like 3D world where guests' virtual avatars are set to meet for an hour for an address from the couple.
The two will be having an in-person, legal wedding with just a few pals set to gather in Ramaswamy's village in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district, but they will be logging on straight afterwards.
Moreover, the metaverse doesn't just offer Padmavathi and Ramaswamy flexibility in terms of guest numbers, with one very special guest now able to attend.
"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."
Having convinced his IT worker fiancée of the idea, Padmavathi added that he now also has his parents' approval for the unconventional ceremony.
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