DESTINATION WEDDING: Couple in India get married as avatars in the metaverse

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A couple in India didn’t have to worry about lockdowns, capacity limits or social distancing as they opted for a digital wedding.

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Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi, 25, and Janaganandhini Ramaswamy, 24, got married virtually – as avatars.

Padmavathi told Jam Press he saw a YouTube clip of the Metaverse and thought it would be the perfect setting for his and Ramaswamy’s nuptials and the perfect “gift” for his future wife.

“I’ve been into crypto and blockchain technology, and since blockchain is the core technology of the metaverse, when my marriage was set, I thought about having a reception in the metaverse,” he explained. .

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He pitched the idea to his fiancée, adding that it would be “an emotional moment” for both of their families, and she was in on it.

The metaverse wedding allowed Padmavathi’s late father, who passed away in 2021, to be included on their big day. The couple even created a special avatar of him to greet guests.

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Due to the virtual nature, the wedding – which is taking place in Tamil Nadu, India – saw over 3,000 guests from all over the world join in the celebration.

They were able to choose a generic avatar, add their names and navigate the event using their devices, and were able to shake hands and interact with others at the February 6 reception.

The wedding is believed to be India’s first marriage in the metaverse and was part of a project carried out at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai.

“It is indeed a special feeling for us,” Padmavathi said. “It’s unique and we’re excited to move forward.”

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