marriage in the metaverse

For some couples, the happiest day of their lives may not happen in “real life”. They decided to organize their wedding ceremony in a virtual. Why choose to say “yes” in the metaverse? What are these ceremonies?

The metaverse presents itself as a new way of organizing events: professional meetings, fairs, concerts… and weddings. If some couples put in a new concept with many advantages, virtual ceremonies have actually existed for a long time and are even more divisive.

Hogwarts wedding and NFT invitations

In recent months, the metaverse has always been in the news, both for companies ’interest in it and for its potential as a social network in the coming years. Therefore, it is not surprising that the first marriage on a metaverse platform went viral. Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi and Janaganandhini Ramaswamy, who live in India, decided to hold a metaverse party especially because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced weddings to be limited to 100 people. They held a small ceremony in the real world with their loved ones, but also a virtual reception with over 2,000 people. The metaverse is also an opportunity to unleash the decorations: the bride and groom decide to party at Hogwarts, the famous school of magicians in Harry Potter.

In the previous article, I talked about using the metaverse to bring the dead back to life. It is also mentioned here: “My stepfather died in April.explained the groom to CNN. So I made a 3D avatar that looked like him to bless me and my fiancée. This is something we can only do in the metaverse. »

However, these metaverse marriages do not just happen to avoid Covid-19 bans or to give birth to a deceased loved one. Footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng married model Valentina Fradegrada this month and held a metaverse ceremony at “do something special for Valentina, something that has never been done before”. For this, a very special place is needed: the Moon. In addition, a limited number of fans will get NFT invitations for $ 50, money donated to the foundation created by his wife.

Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi and Janaganandhini Ramaswamy created avatars of themselves for their wedding ceremony in the universe of Harry Potter.

Virtual ceremonies, a concept not new

When the New York Times wrote an article about marriage in the metaverse, criticisms quickly escalated. Actually, weddings in a virtual world are not new. Video game enthusiasts have been making wedding proposals and ceremonies in their favorite games for over a decade, especially when it comes to MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) such as World of Warcraft. In 2020, many couples are also back in the mainstream game: Animal Crossing New Horizons.

This wedding trend in video games is so widespread that a licensee decided to check this vein: Final Fantasy XIV. This popular role-playing game offers a special quest since 2014 called “Eternal Bond” where the couple can invite and up to 80 people in a virtual chapel and get special items, including rings at the wedding that would enable them to teleport to Earth at any hour. .to love.

But then, what is the difference between metaverse weddings? The first difference is that the Covid-19 is there, no teleworking, Zoom aperitif and other remote events. The second is that organizing a wedding in a video game is marked “geek” or even immature, because it’s a game environment. The metaverse, on the other hand, is positioned as a social network that is more similar to the world of adults in its operation. The graphics can be boring and not very pretty, but it makes the event feel more “normal” and mature.

A preview of the “Eternal Bond” search Final Fantasy XIVwhich apparently refers to marriage.

With new technologies, wedding movies are evolving

For couples who love virtual reality who want to celebrate their wedding in a more classic way, there is a solution: wedding movies to watch using a virtual reality headset. Many companies, including France, have specialist videographers to film important moments like a speech or a first dance and send them all to the bride and groom using a virtual reality headset. If immersion is an important advantage, there remains a disadvantage: the fact of not being able to experience it alive.

Here, too, it was along with the restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic that tools developed and solutions found. Wedding photographers and videographers especially offer to broadcast the event live via a private link to be sent to loved ones. A way to fill yourself with petits fours and make the caterpillar in real life, while sharing this moment with those who can’t.

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