Decentraland’s First Metaverse Wedding

Bob Coiney

February 7, 2022

According to a report published late last year, SAND and MANA are two leading projects in the Metaverse space. Both tokens were amongst the best performers last year. The markets are expecting more of the same interest as the Metaverse grows.  Since late last year, the Metaverse continues to draw plenty of interest from mainstream players from across the world. At the verge of what it’s become now, it has metamorphosed into the new normal for sealing marital bliss.

What began in the cloud culminated in the cloud and created a history of sorts. Getting married in the Metaverse is the new fad. Unlike real-world marriages that have to follow the Covid protocols and keep the guest count within a certain limit, marriages in Metaverse can be as grand as it was earlier. 

Conjugal Bliss on the Metaverse

A Phoenix, Arizona-based couple invited 2,000 guests for their virtual wedding ceremony in the Metaverse on February 5. The virtual marriage took place in a virtual estate owned by a law firm Rose Law on Blockchain platform Decentraland. Cointelegraph reported, the law firm has formalized a framework for marriages in the metaverse, which includes a virtual premarital agreement based on the virtual identities of the couple and their digital assets.

Metaverse marriages are not limited to any particular geographies. The interest in technology skyrocketed in 2021, especially after Facebook announced its plans to become a metaverse company. The Phoenix couple’s marriage was issued a metaverse marriage license which recorded and tokenized their virtual avatars and place of marriage as a nonfungible token (NFT). The couple had left gifts in the form of NFTs for guests who attended the wedding which was reportedly claimed within 20 minutes of the opening of the wedding ceremony. According to a Bloomberg analysis, global revenue from Metaverse companies is expected to reach $800 billion by 2024, up from $500 billion in 2020. 

Indian Couples Wed on the Metaverse

While the world catches up with the new tech trend on Blockchain, a 24-year-old tech-savvy from India, withheld by her culture, which sets some restrictions on wedding formalities found a venue unaffected by restrictions: the metaverse to host his wedding on the 6th of February 2022. Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi and Janaganandhini Ramaswamy from Tamil Nadu, where wedding gatherings are currently limited to 100 people, invited 2,000 people to their virtual reception on the metaverse. Being  “Potterheads,” or fans of Harry Potter, the pair opted for a Hogwarts-themed party that guests can attend via their phones, tablets, or laptops. 

The Truce There has been some debate over the legality of the wedding, however, despite the involvement of Rose Law Group. According to the American Marriage Ministries (AMM), all states that allow virtual online weddings require officiants and couples to use video-conferencing technology that allows them to see and hear each other in real-time, without anything that distorts their appearance. Therefore, Metaverse weddings won’t be legally binding until there is a law change.