We’ve come a long way from the early days of so-called virtual weddings. These virtual weddings often only appear in video games like The Sims or Maplestory. After all, Singapore’s first metaverse wedding has just taken place. On September 17, CEO of music-focused media company Bandwagon Clarence Chan got hitched to his bride, public relations practitioner Joanne Tham, after —virtually — planting a kiss on her digital avatar, all done up in 70s-eque disco glam.
In virtual attendance solemnising the union was the avatar of Sebastien Borget, cofounder and COO of The Sandbox. The company, headquartered in Singapore, funds Web3 design agency Smobler Studios. Furthermore, Borget constructed the assets for the wedding, allowing the happy couple’s retro-themed metaverse wedding to take its place.
Recreating The Alkaff Mansion in the metaverse
Chief among these assets was a virtual rendition of The Alkaff Mansion. The heritage building in Telok Blangah Hill Park is popular as one of Singapore’s IT destinations for romantic weddings in lush greenery — presumably even in the digital world. So that explains why it was painstakingly recreated complete with its signature outdoor spaces, European-style fountains and broad balustrade stairway centrepiece.