"Shruti and I made our marriage blockchain official"
Digital technology continues to grow and in India, a Pune-based couple decided to get married on the blockchain.
Anil Narasipuram and Shruti Nair tied the knot in a courthouse as well as on the OpenSea platform.
The ‘blockchain wedding’ is said to be India’s first.
In a Linkedin post, Anil explained that he and Shruti had a ‘Registered Marriage’ in a courthouse due to the Covid-19 pandemic on November 15, 2021.
He said: “We also decided to immortalise our union using blockchain technology.”
They began the blockchain wedding as soon as they returned from the courthouse and their online ceremony was officiated by a ‘digital priest’ named Anoop Pakki.
Anil continued: “Shruti and I made our marriage ‘blockchain official’ with an Ethereum smart contract that consecrated our commitment to each other in the form of an NFT minted on OpenSea.
To prepare for the ceremony, both Anil and Shruti set up Metamask wallets.
Their digital priest minted the NFT on OpenSea before transferring it to Anil.
Anil said: “After gathering some close family and friends in Google Meet, Shruti and I sat next to each other on our laptops and completed the transaction in a 15-minute ceremony officiated by the Anoop.
“We read out the vows and after receiving the blessings of our digital priest, I confirmed the transaction to transfer the NFT to my wife’s digital wallet.”
The wedding vows read: “We won’t make any big promises, but we will do everything we can to make this work.
“Through all our disagreement and conflict, we hope to grow our understanding of each other and ourselves.
“We don’t expect to be the whole village for each other, but we will be by each other’s side, hand in hand, walking through this adventure, together.”
Anil added: “The transaction is a permanent, immutable and public record of our commitment to each other on the ETH blockchain.
“We may be the first couple married on the blockchain in India (AFAIK), but we certainly won’t be the last.”
“Cryptocurrency and blockchain represent a significant change in the way we transact and the way we trust. This is just the beginning…”
The digital space continues to become more popular and previously, a couple held a metaverse wedding reception.