Is virtual reality the wedding venue of the future? As reported by Time, Elisa Evans and Martin Sherrington tied the knot on May 25 IRL and online, hosting a ceremony in a virtual venue created for them by AltspaceVR (a virtual-reality company that partnered with the Wales couple for the event) that was attended, virtually, by guests' avatars.
Of the novel approach, Sherrington told Time, "Who wouldn’t want to be a time-traveling robot with the opportunity to revisit their own wedding?" After all, although many weddings can boast top-notch videographers, only VR ceremonies let a bride or groom see the entire event, from their own perspective, whenever they want.
This is the kind of technology that might someday become popular for a couple whose guests, for whatever reason, can't physically travel to their wedding destination, a sort of souped-up version of FaceTiming Aunt Becky from Montana. But Evans and Sherrington had all 40 guests in his physical home for their wedding, as well as in cyberspace. The only person who wasn't there was Lisa Kopeck, a community manager for AlspaceVR, who was physically in San Francisco but who, nonetheless, officiated the very legal ceremony.
But if this idea sounds like a great way to save money on a venue, don't forget this: The couple spent $2,531 each on the VR headset and computer.
In keeping with the unconventional nuptials, humor seems to have been the main theme of the evening. In the digital space, Sherrington screened funny clips from The Office and Inception (yes, there are funny bits in Inception!), and guests could react with Heart, Smile, and Clapping emoji every step of the way. Both bride and groom swore in their vows to make the other laugh.
Even the cake (a real three-dimensional one, made with sugar) had its own spin on the high-tech theme, decorated with pictures of the couple's pink and blue robot avatars. The one drawback? The first kiss was a little clunky with those VR headsets on.