Meet India’s first couple preparing to marry in the metaverse


Last month, we saw the world’s first wedding in the Metaverse. Tracy and Dave Gagnon have become the first couple to marry in the Metaverse, a tech trend started by Facebook’s parent company Meta late last year. Upcoming next month is India’s first metaverse wedding.

Earlier this week, a Chennai couple announced India’s first metaverse wedding, and Connect with the groom, Dinesh Kshatriya, Project Associate at IIT Madras, to find out more about the country’s first Metaverse wedding party.

The Kshatriya shared interesting details about the entire process behind the Metaverse wedding and how he plans to make his father-in-law a part of the virtual wedding, which the family lost last year.

Why Metaverse Wedding?

The pandemic forced us to opt for a virtual wedding. Since the metaverse is the future, I wanted to be the first woman in India to marry in the metaverse. Also, since Tamil Nadu has a lockdown over the weekend and my wedding is scheduled for Sunday, a metaverse wedding will bless our friends and relatives without any regret that they cannot be there for the ceremony in real life.

Another biggest reason I wanted to get married in the metaverse is that my father-in-law bless us in the virtual world. We lost him last year and hence, I along with the team have created a 3D avatar of my father-in-law for this event. Legal marriage is fixed in our village on the same day, 6th February.

What challenges did you face in planning a wedding in the Metaverse?

There were many challenges. The biggest takeaway of them all is that no one really knows much about the Metaverse. I faced issues finding the right company to help me have the wedding of my dreams. The idea of ​​getting married in the metaverse came in December 2021 and my team and I started working on it from January.

A Chennai based web and app development startup helped me through this process to achieve this. The company is planning to develop India’s first metaverse company called Tardiverse, which was launched in December. They are building a metaverse for India based on the Polygon blockchain, starting with my marriage. Folks R Tardivers helped me through the entire process – from planning the event, to inviting relatives and friends, and more.

How was the execution process? How feasible is this for common people?

I had some basic knowledge about the metaverse and what it is. So, I started by finding a team with web development and 3D graphics knowledge. At the initial stage, I contacted top international companies that already have strongholds of the Metaverse concept, and they were ready to do the same legally. But then I also wanted an Indian startup to do it for me, so I chose Tardiverse instead.

For the feasibility bit, the process was fairly easy. I must say, even though the metaverse is a new concept, the technology behind it is not very new. Metaverse deals with concepts like 3D animation and blockchain, and I believe Indians are very good at them. We have a large Indian company called Polygon (MATIC), which people believe can replace Ethereum. Therefore, in my opinion, the procedure is quite feasible. For example, My Metaverse Wedding has been developed in less than a month.

My wedding is like a game and there’s no VR headset or glasses involved, so it was a fairly easy process. In the future, people may consider using VR goggles and other virtual reality gadgets and I believe this may pose some challenges. Especially in the pricing bit.

Tell us about your Metaverse wedding in detail. How will this happen?

As I said, the legal marriage will take place first and then we will have relatives and friends to bless us. To participate in the program, one needs a stable internet connection, a device (mobile, tablet, laptop) and a web browser. They will be given a login/or a wallet called MetaMask – a cryptocurrency blockchain wallet – which will require the person’s name and password. The platform will generate a key, which will take them to the virtual world, where they will be able to choose the outfit of their choice and create their own avatar. At the Metaverse event, people will be able to interact, shake hands, bless the bride and groom, and more.

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How do you plan to get your father-in-law into the metaverse, who is no longer physically with you at all?

We have taken his picture and made a 3D avatar. The avatar is pre-programmed, and we’ve added some functions like welcoming and blessing the bride and groom. So, I think, Metaverse is a great platform for someone who has lost a loved one but wants to make a mark on their special day. Who knows, there might be a possibility to add voices to such avatars in the future.

What will be included in a Metaverse wedding?

Of course, there will be avatars of the bride and groom, avatars of my father-in-law, some Harry Potter characters, wedding gifts, and more. We are also building some booths to accept UPI and crypto as wedding gifts. And there will be virtual food, which you will not be able to eat.

How much did Metaverse Wedding cost you?

Metaverse Weddings can save your hard earned money to a great extent. These companies offer various packages, which range from Rs 20,000 to a few lakhs. It all depends on your need, also on the avatars and characters you want to add to the event. He didn’t tell the exact price of his marriage,

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