You can now officially get married in the Metaverse

This virtual city hall provides free NFT certificate of marriage

A Metaverse wedding at the Closeup City Hall of Love on Decentraland

Getting married in the Metaverse is now possible, but tying the knot in the virtual world is not as easy as it sounds. Metaverse weddings require a ton of resources and there isn’t a platform for it that’s readily accessible to everyone until recently. That platform is Decentraland’s Closeup City Hall of Love.

This virtual city hall provides an NFT certificate of marriage

Built by Unilever’s oral care brand, the Closeup City Hall of Love is a space on Decentraland, a 3D virtual world powered by blockchain technology. In the Closeup City Hall of Love, users can get married, “mint” their very own NFT marriage certificate, and immortalize their love on the blockchain forever.

The Closeup City Hall of Love celebrates all forms of unions, so couples from inter-racial, inter-caste, inter-faith and same-gender relationships are all welcome to get married in the virtual city hall.

“We believe that love of all kinds is special and must be championed,” said Gaurav Datta, Global Brand Vice President of Closeup, in a statement. “Our foray into the Metaverse with Closeup City Hall of Love is another initiative to build safe spaces that celebrate equality and inclusion and inspire people to act on their mutual attraction, free from self-doubt and judgment, so they can experience closeness on their terms.”

How to get an NFT certificate of marriage in the Metaverse

Couples who want to get married at the Closeup City Hall of Love must first create their own Decentraland accounts. Once their respective avatars are ready, the Metaverse experience will start with a proposal and will lead to a wedding ceremony at the virtual city hall. The special occasion will wrap up with the minting of the couple’s NFT marriage certificate.

Though NFTs have since been a symbol of status and wealth, NFT marriage certificates from Closeup City Hall of Love are truly a symbol of love, as they are completely free. These NFT marriage certificates cannot also be traded and any attempt to sell it will be blocked with an error, “Love is not for sale.”

The technology behind the NFT marriage certificate is a novel ERC-1155 smart contract for semi-fungible tokens, which are popular in metaverse games. It allows fractional NFT ownership, and just like an actual marriage certificate, two people can simultaneously own one NFT.

“Whilst NFT marriage certificates are not legally binding in any country, nor do they hold legal power under the laws of any country, this experience still matters to us – and for us it is valid. It is important that we normalize relationships like ‘ours’ in every pocket of society. We are very happy to be one of the first couples to experience this and share this moment with our friends.” Jad and Neil, the first couple united at the Closeup City Hall of Love, said in a press release.

Jad & Neil’s NFT marriage certificate

Kevin and PinkBambii, another pair of Metaverse pioneers, also got hitched at the Closeup City Hall of Love. Their virtual wedding was a follow-up to their previous actual wedding, which was only attended by very few people because of the pandemic.

“When covid struck, the plans for our actual wedding were up in the air. It dampened a very special moment for us because we could invite only handful of people. But thanks to Metaverse, we got a chance to do it all over again, this time in the presence of our loved ones. And we couldn’t think of anything better than making our love eternal on the blockchain,” the newlyweds shared in the press release.