Couple from Tamil Nadu to host India’s first ‘Metaverse’ wedding reception

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A couple from Tamil Nadu has announced to host their wedding reception in Metaverse, NDTV reports citing Times of India.

According to the report, Dinesh SP and Janaganandhini Ramaswamy – who will get married on Sunday, February 6, in Tamil Nadu’s Sivalingapuram village – will host their Hogwarts-themed reception digitally by switching on their laptops to enter a virtual venue after the wedding ceremony. The reception will be attended by friends and family members from across the world.

“I came up with the idea of having a Metaverse wedding reception, and my fiancée also liked the idea,” Dinesh, a project associate with IIT Madras, told TOI.

“I have been into crypto and blockchain technology, and have been mining ethereum, a form of cryptocurrency, for the last one year. Since blockchain is the basic technology of Metaverse, when my wedding was fixed, I thought of having a reception in Metaverse,” he added.

Metaverse, a virtual reality world where users can come on “live” and interact with others through digital avatars, combines augmented reality, blockchain and virtual reality among multiple elements of technology.

Dinesh turned to Vignesh Selvaraj of TardiVerse – a “new generation mixed-reality based Metaverse powered by Blockchain tech”, to transform his idea into reality, said the report.

Dinesh has already shared a short video on Twitter showing what the wedding reception would look like, saying it would be “India’s first Metaverse marriage”.

Dinesh’s fiancée, Janaganandhini, was “thrilled” with the idea of a Metaverse reception. “It’s apt in a way as we met on Instagram and will be having our wedding reception on Meta,” she said.

Dinesh and Janaganandhini, both being Potterheads, were inspired to hold their wedding reception with a theme from the Harry Potter universe.

The couple will have avatars dressed in traditional clothes, while guests will be given login details where they can choose an avatar and enter the reception and interact with other guests during the one-hour event, the report concluded.

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