Pune Couple Gets Married on Blockchain
It may be India’s first wedding using blockchain technology. Anil Narasipuram, a faculty member at DY Patil International University in Pune, revealed in a LinkedIn post that he recently got married in an online wedding that was made “blockchain official.”
Because of Covid, Narasipuram and his bride, Shruti Nair, first had a small courthouse wedding, before sitting
in front of laptops for a 15-minute online ceremony, officiated by their “digital priest” and witnessed by family and friends in Google Meet.
They made their marriage “blockchain official” with an Ethereum smart contract that preserved their commitment to each other in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) minted on OpenSea, an online marketplace for NFTs.
The image used to create the NFT was a photo of Nair’s engagement ring with their vows embedded in the image: “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.”
After the couple had recited the vows and received the blessings of the priest, the NFT was transferred to Nair’s digital wallet and the priest pronounced them husband and wife. Narasipuram called it a permanent, immutable public record.
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