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How was the first metaverse wedding in Russia

Holding weddings in the metaverse can be a great addition to traditional ceremonies. They are not limited in the number of guests and can be visited from anywhere in the world. In the article we show how did the first metaverse wedding in Russia took place.

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Wedding in the Metaverse: how it works

About the wedding

On June 23rd, 2022, the first wedding of a Russian-speaking couple in the metaverse took place. The groom was Alexey Pomykanov, founder of the Maff Ecosystem, and the bride was Angelina Sviridova, founder of the Health Advocates online system.

The wedding program included:

  • a DJ set by Ksenia Dukalis,
  • a POAP Machine with NFT Achievements,
  • a banquet with virtual champagne and fruits,
  • a photo zone and group photos,
  • and a quiz for knowledge of the couple with NFT gifts.
Invitation card for the wedding
Invitation card for the wedding of Alexei and Angelina

Alexey and Angelina registered their marriage at the registry office, and decided to hold the wedding ceremony in the metaverse so that everyone from anywhere in the world could visit it. The guests only needed a computer and a good mood. But even for those who didn’t have the opportunity to connect from a computer, there was a broadcast on YouTube.

The event had a website in Russian. On this website, you could find detailed information on how to get to the wedding, what will happen there and how to congratulate the couple. It also included answers to other basic questions.

Location of the wedding

The event took place in the Decentraland metaverse on the “Unicorn” server. There are many servers, so in order for all the guests to be in the same place, the newlyweds have chosen one in advance. On the day of the event, a link to the Decentrland location appeared on the wedding website.

It was possible to join the event only from the browser or desktop version of Decentrland. In order for the gift NFTs to be saved on the user’s personal wallet, it was necessary to connect through the MetaMask wallet.

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This wedding in the metaverse was the first only for Russia. There have already been several of these in the world in the Animal Crossing, Virbela, and Decentraland metaverses. In the article, we have told about how to organize them, who is the audience of such weddings, and what advantages they have.

How did the wedding go

The event started with a gathering of guests at 7 p.m. Moscow time. They could explore the location, chat and rate each other’s costumes. It was possible to dress up for the wedding in the Decentraland marketplace. At the right moments, invitations to the next stages of the wedding sounded.

The avatar of the groom Alexey Pomykanov
The avatar of the groom Alexey Pomykanov with a purple beard
The avatar of the bride Angelina Sviridova
The avatar of the bride Angelina Sviridova in a luminous white dress

At 7:20 p.m., a DJ set from Ksenia Dukalis, one of the most sought-after DJs in Moscow, began on the screen. Ksenia is known for her vibrant looks, diverse playlist and energy.

A DJ set by Ksenia Dukalis
A DJ set by Ksenia Dukalis

Near the screen, guests could try virtual fruits or drink virtual champagne. There was also a POAP machine with a gift NFT. These tokens were in the form of achievements in Decentraland.

A POAP Machine with NFT gifts
A POAP Machine with NFT gifts
Virtual champagne and fruits
Virtual champagne and fruits

At 7:25 p.m., the guests were invited to take their places at the altar, but while they were doing this, the bride disappeared. For her buyout, it was necessary to make a gift to the newlyweds — to donate into the seashells that were under the tent. This is a tradition popular at weddings in Russia. Donations could be sent in Russian rubles, cryptocurrencies or MANA tokens.

Seashells for donations
Seashells for donations
Return of the bride
Return of the bride

When the bride was bought out, the newlyweds met at the altar. At 7:35 p.m., a video from a real wedding started playing on the screen. The guests applauded and wrote in the chat “Gorko!”. This is another tradition popular at Russian weddings. Guests say this so that the newlyweds kiss.

video from the real wedding on the screen in the metaverse
A video from a real wedding was shown in the metaverse

Then the screen turned into a photo zone. Anyone could stand in front of it, take a screenshot of their avatar and share it on social media with the #MaffWedding hashtag. 

Photozone at the wedding in the metaverse
Photozone at the wedding in the metaverse

For a group photo with all the guests, there was a separate photo zone made of pink cubes.

A group photo on the pink cubes
A group photo on the pink cubes

After the photo shoot, the wedding continued. At 7:50 p.m. there was a continuation of the DJ set by Ksenia Dukalis. Also, anyone could take the quiz and get one more NFT gift.

A heart-shaped box with a gift NFT
A heart-shaped box with a gift NFT

This could have been done with a heart-shaped box. The gift NFT was automatically added to the user’s wallet, and it could be viewed on OpenSea.

quiz screenshot
Questions in the quiz
The gift NFT on OpenSea screenshot
The gift NFT

The entire event lasted a little over an hour.

The newlyweds Impressions

After the ceremony, Angelina and Alexei shared their impressions of the wedding on the broadcast. The newlyweds were pleased and said that they would definitely advise others to have a wedding in the metaverse.

If you want to have a wedding of your dreams in the metaverse, then the Maff Metaverse Wedding agency can help organize the event. On the agency’s website, you can send an application for a virtual wedding and you will be contacted to discuss the details.

Conclusion

On June 23, 2022, the wedding of the Maff Ecosystem founder Alexey Pomykanov and founder of the Health Advocates online system Angelina Sviridova, took place in the Decentaland metaverse. Anyone with a computer and a good mood could join the ceremony.

The wedding program included:

  • a DJ set by Ksenia Dukalis,
  • a POAP Machine with NFT Achievements,
  • a banquet with virtual champagne and fruits,
  • a photo zone and group photos,
  • and a quiz for knowledge of the couple with NFT gifts.
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Editor:
Dmitry Yegorov

Cover and illustrations:
Julia Chistyakova

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