Metaverse Marriages are here to stay

Metaverse Marriages Are Here to Stay

Lara Raven

Lara Raven

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With just so much happening in the metaverse, could marriage be left far behind?

The answer is a definite no. Increasingly, people are considering exchanging vows on metaverse platforms for several reasons.

The trend began during the initial days of the Covid-19 pandemic when large gatherings were banned in many countries.

It has now become one of the most popular trends in the virtual world, with happy couples tying the knot virtually. 

There have been many reports of people using 3D gadgets to participate in immersive marriages conducted in the virtual world.

In this article, we try and take a deeper look at this trend, and what it might mean for people across the world who wish to get married in an affordable yet immersive manner. 

What is a Metaverse Marriage, and How is it Conducted?

 It is important to note that marriage is a social occasion in which a couple’s partnership is formalized and institutionalized.

For this to happen, there needs to be an audience of some sort, and organizers of another sort, regardless of which culture the couple belongs to.

As a result, a metaverse marriage is just another event that takes place on one of the virtual platforms such as Decentraland or The Sandbox

The couple can decide how their marriage would go, and how it would pan out starting from the ambiance to the virtual lunches served to virtual guests.

The marriage is usually formalized using avatars, but there are cases where people have found more immersive ways to formalize their marriage.

This of course necessitates the purchase of 3D and VR/AR-enabled headsets for all the guests or participants.

While this may cost money, it is cheaper than a full-scale physical wedding which often costs thousands of dollars. 

How Much Does a Metaverse Marriage Cost?

 The cost of these marriages can vary quite drastically.

In India, where some of the first metaverse marriages took place, a metaverse marriage cost anywhere between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 500,000 ($400 to $6700 approximately).

The cost depends on the duration of the event, the number of guests, and the level of immersion that the event demands.

As you can see, metaverse marriages are significantly more affordable than physical weddings which tend to require a lot more spending.

Two Startups that are Taking the Lead to Conduct Metaverse Marriages

1. Madras-based TardiVerse is a startup that has begun to conduct marriages in the metaverse.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Vignesh Selvaraj, who runs TardiVerse, revealed that it took him 30 days and 12 organizers to conduct the metaverse marriage of Janaganandhini Ramaswamy and Dinesh SP.

The couple were huge fans of Harry Potter, so TardiVerse made sure the metaverse marriage’s theme was all about Hogwarts castle, witches, and wizards.

The marriage cost close to Rs. 500,000 (approximately $6,700). 

2. Yug Metaverse is yet another Indian startup that has begun to organize marriages in the metaverse.

Its founder Utkarsh Shukla revealed that in his metaverse marriages, guests can talk to each other, and party the night away as well.

He insists the whole experience is seamless and feels natural. While it is not clear ion the trend will pick up elsewhere in the world, India seems to have caught on to the trend quite early. 

Metaverse Marriages Might Just Become the Next Big Thing

 Marriages across the world are a social event that requires the participants of a large number of guests.

While some choose to keep the event intimate and private, others often invite hundreds of guests.

Metaverse offers the possibility of catering to all kinds of marriages, without one having to step inside a physical event space.

This not only reduces the cost of the marriage (as evidenced by the metaverse marriages in India) but also ensures that the married couple has more privacy for themselves after the event. 

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