People Are Getting Married in the Metaverse. Here’s How.
Unlike the real world, the metaverse doesn’t have physical constraints that limit your fantasy wedding.
The first “Meta-Marriage” event in the United States took place in February via Decentraland, a 3D virtual browser-based platform.
The Rose Law Group hosted the Decentraland wedding renewal ceremony, which drew almost 2,000 virtual guests in honor of the couple's 14th wedding anniversary. The ceremony included Non-Fungible Token (NFT) wedding favors, a special virtual setting, and a virtual prenuptial agreement. There was also a “Metaverse Marriage License” recorded as an NFT and the couple's virtual identities were registered on the blockchain.
Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick officiated at the first-of-its-kind vow renewal ceremony.
2022 has been a milestone for metaverse marriages
Another metaverse wedding took place on February 22, when an Indian couple got married and became India's first couple to marry via the metaverse.
They used YUG Metaverse, an Indian metaverse platform. The attendees were given their avatars and convened at a virtual seaside site. The good thing about the Metaverse is that you can invite all your friends worldwide.
Meanwhile, oral care brand Closeup recently created the world's first NFT marriage license, allowing couples to marry in the metaverse. The Closeup City Hall of Love is an immersive virtual experience where various couples can mint their NFT marriage certificate and eternally idealize their love on the blockchain.
In Closeup City Hall of Love, participants can engage with their wedding officiant, create avatars or explore the environment. The events will begin with a proposal and conclude with the minting of the NFT certificate, which will be celebrated with friends and family.
The Closeup company has always believed in the freedom to embrace and has motivated couples of all types to get closer—free of external judgment and self-doubt.
Metaverse weddings can make your dream event more accessible
Unlike the real world, the metaverse doesn’t have physical constraints that limit your fantasy wedding. The metaverse is the only location where your most outlandish and inventive wedding desires can come true.
Consider guest lists in the thousands or gift registries that use NFTs. Perhaps there will be destination weddings in space. You can take your buddies on a space rocket, virtually globetrot your wedding party, or move your metaverse guests in the morning to Italy and hold the evening session in Paris.
Experts also foresee the metaverse becoming a regular part of life. The digitization forced by the pandemic not only taught that technology is essential for study, work, and entertainment—but also dating and marriage.
Instead of sending each other photographs, videos, or having a video call to communicate and even get intimate, couples will be able to have relationships through their avatars in the metaverse.
Are these metaverse marriages legal?
Although some claim that the NFT marriage certificates are not legally binding and have no basis in law, the experience is nevertheless important to certain couples.
Many couples are still denied the opportunity to marry, depending on where in the world they are. These include intercaste, interracial, interfaith, and same-gender partnerships.
It is critical that we mainstream these types of partnerships in all corners of society. Metaverse marriages can lead this initiative.
These metaverse marriages will inspire lovers, generate dialogues, and eventually lead the way for change toward a future where the right to marry is equitable for everyone.
Image sources: Antonio Uquiche