The first metaverse wedding in the United Arab Emirates will take place on Thursday, with hats and fascinators removed in favor of Oculus headsets. Florian Ughetto and Liz Nunez, founders of wedding planning company Easy Wedding, will say “yes” in front of 20 guests on their private land to an alternative reality.
But what exactly is metaverse marriage?
Metaverse is a virtual reality platform that uses augmented reality, 3D holographic avatars, and videos for social interaction. Within this virtual landscape, there is a whole new realm of social connection opportunities, including fashion movies, interior design companies, theaters, restaurants, and weddings.
Technology allows happy couples to choose a venue, a personalized cake, and a unique wedding dress or tuxedo, even though, in reality, they may be sitting on the bed in their pajamas.
As with any wedding, guests are invited to attend the ceremony, which features avatars adorned with ornaments, attesting to the exchange of vows.
Last February, more than 3,000 guests showed up for India’s first metaverse wedding party, hosted by newlyweds who wanted to avoid coronavirus bans on their big day.
Dinesh SP, 24, and his girlfriend Janaganandhini Ramaswamy, 23, got married in a traditional ceremony in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. But with guests limited to 100 at the time, they decided to hold their reception in the virtual world.
They weren’t the first to hold a wedding ceremony in the Metaverse, though. In September 2021, Americans Traci and Dave Gagnon got married in a digital ceremony sponsored by Virbela, a company that builds virtual environments.
The ceremony took place in conjunction with an official ceremony in New Hampshire and was therefore legally recognized.
UAE residents Ughetto and Nunez are legally married again, but because of their different nationalities, they will have to travel to Georgia for the 2019 ceremony.
Right now, the question of how to use technology for ceremonies such as weddings has yet to be described in territory, but in the real world, metaverse weddings are not yet legally binding, where the couple works to in the United Arab Emirates.
Other issues include connectivity and technical skill issues, so all guests attending the wedding of the founders of Easy Wedding receive training on how to access Decentraland, where Thursday’s ceremony will take place. .
Aside from the concerns of technology, and with flowers, venues, and decorations, the possibilities for metaverse weddings seem endless.
Although guests are available at the click of a mouse, as at the India Metaverse party in February, about 3,000 people attended, including an avatar of the bride’s father, who died in April.
Updated: May 18, 2022, 11:15 am