Indian couple will wed in the’metaverse,’ with thousands of friends and family.

  • Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi is set to marry his fiancée Janaganandhini online
  • With thousands of people expected to be there, they will host a virtual celebration
  • Guests cannot attend due to lockdown in the state. 

A couple from India is set to wed in virtual reality in “metaverse” in an Indian-themed ceremony with the ghost of their deceased father.

Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi, 24, and his fiancée Janaganandhini Ramaswamy, 23, will hold the online ceremony on February 6 with thousands expected to attend the first wedding of its kind in the country. 

In Tamil Nadu, guests would be unable to attend the ceremony due to lockdown.

Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi, 24, and his fiancée Janaganandhini Ramaswamy, 23, are set to hold a wedding in the metaverse

Dinesh Sivakumar Padmavathi, 24, and his fiancée Janaganandhini Ramaswamy, 23, are set to hold a wedding in the metaverse

While the couple will be wearing traditional Indian dress for the ceremony, the reception will have a Hogwarts theme (pictured)

The couple will wear traditional Indian attire for their ceremony. However, the reception theme will be Hogwarts (pictured).

Padmavathi posted the news about his wedding on Twitter and Instagram to his followers. 2,000 people confirmed they were attending, while 5,000 said that they might attend.

According to him, The Times reported that he knew of Zoom couples getting married but wanted to do more and have his reception in the metaverse. It was my desire to bring the metaverse to Indians.

Padmavathi works at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras as a project assistant. To help his family understand it, he has created a YouTube video guide to Metaverse.

Among the guests will be Ramaswamy’s father who died last year.

Padmavathi explained that Padmavathi created the avatar of the host to greet all his guests. It’s going be an emotional moment for her. 

Among the guests will be Ramaswamy's father (pictured in the metaverse) who died last year

Ramaswamy’s dad (pictured in metaverse) will be one of the guests. He died last year.

For the ceremony the couple will dress in traditional Indian clothing, but the reception will feature a Hogwarts theme.

If thousands of guests turn up to the virtual wedding, Padmavathi says the internet in his village of Sivalingapuram may struggle to cope.

He said he and his fiancée may have to ride a scooter to a cell tower to continue via phone.

India has criticised the novelty of the wedding saying that it is against Indian traditions.

Ranjeev Jain, managing director of Rashi Entertainment, said: ‘The idea is totally un-Indian. How do you celebrate your wedding? Without any real people or contact with them? While it may seem like a trend for a time, it will not last.

Is there a metaverse? 

The “metaverse” is a collection of virtual places where you can play, work, and communicate with others who don’t live in the same space as you.

Facebook revealed the news last year. It explained that users will be able “to hang out with friends”, work, play and learn as well shop, create, and much more.

‘It’s not necessarily about spending more time online — it’s about making the time you do spend online more meaningful.’

Facebook may be the leader in the metaverse. However, the company explained that there is no single product that one company could build.

The metaverse is just like the internet. It exists regardless of Facebook’s presence, it said.

It won’t happen overnight. Most of these products won’t be complete in the next 10 to 15 years.