SINGAPORE, September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — 1 group, Smobler Studios and That sandbox take virtual reality to the next level by using the metaverse not just for gaming but for sacred matrimony. The very first Metaverse wedding took place both in The Sandbox and in real life as a collective virtual common room. What is not possible or traditionally accepted in Asian weddings can now be made possible in the metaverse. That’s how the groom goes Clarence ChanBandwagon CEO, and bride Joanna Tam held their glamorous ’70s disco wedding on September 17th at The Alkaff Mansion in the Metaverse.

Heritage Wedding Location is coming to the Metaverse

1-Group’s The Alkaff Mansion is adorned with, and has housed, a European-style pavilion and fountain with inviting outdoor areas Singapore’s the most important garden weddings of the last decades. Featuring a broad balustraded staircase, green canopies and expansive verandas, The Alkaff Mansion is a spectacular wedding venue – now in the Metaverse.

For this nuptials, Metaverse architecture and Web3 design agency Smobler Studios created assets through The Sandbox that replicate The Alkaff Mansion and its distinctive architecture. Guests at the couple’s physical wedding at a hotel had a slick virtual world to live in vicariously. Custom 70’s themed avatars danced to the music following the voxel likeness of Sebastian BorgetThe Sandbox co-founder and COO helmed the Metaverse wedding, announcing the couple husband and wife.

“We’re excited to pave the way for the future of weddings and intimate gatherings, where great memories are forged in a space where we can relive them over and over again. The Alkaff Mansion is one of them Singapore’s the most romantic places in front of lush greenery. We are delighted that the elegance and beauty of The Alkaff Mansion has been beautifully replicated in Smobler Studios’ The Sandbox,” he says Jessie TanMarketing representative of The Alkaff Mansion.

The sandbox is a platform that allows players and creators to interact in virtual reality in their own customizable and unique ways. It also gives them full ownership of assets they create or buy, known as Non Fungible Tokens, or NFTs.

Sealed with a virtual kiss

The couple’s avatars, customized to match their personalities and wedding outfits, were solemnly portrayed by Sebastien’s avatar. To mark the big occasion, they shared their first kiss in the metaverse as a married couple. After this romantic moment, the couple made their virtual exit, leaving their guests to continue enjoying the rest of the wedding in real life.

A digital wedding is so customizable that it can be designed according to your own ideas. Couples can make their amazing dreams come true anywhere in the world, all without the expense and restrictions of a physical wedding in a post-pandemic world.

Loretta ChenCo-Founder of Smobler Studios, comments, “We’re thrilled to be able to create Singapore’s first ever Metaverse wedding with Clarence and Joanne in The Sandbox. The platform allows friends, family and loved ones from afar to join in the celebrations around the world. With this opening wedding, we’re just exploring the tip of the iceberg. We can’t wait to see what other couples create in the time to come, whether it’s a fairy tale, gravity-defying bohemian, Star Wars-inspired, or Bridgerton wedding. Even the sky is no longer the limit with the open metaverse.”

1 Group President and CEO, Joseph Ongsays, “It was a privilege to host Clarence and Joanne on their special day and to work with Smobler Studios on this Metaverse wedding. The metaverse is still evolving, but we can see that it has helped push the boundaries of what weddings and events can possibly be. We can create opportunities for loved ones to gather phygitally on meaningful occasions like this wedding, even when physical travel is not possible for some. We can present our venues to people who have never been there Singaporeand we look forward to bringing further experiences from 1-Group’s portfolio of iconic and historic properties to the Metaverse.”

Following this exciting nuptials, 1-Group will continue to work with Smobler Studios to leverage Phygital and Metaverse technology for weddings, functions or functions. This will be the beginning of a revolutionary phase of events turning to the Metaverse or coexisting as Phygital.

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About 1 group

1 group is Singapore’s leading independent lifestyle F&B group operating a diverse portfolio of outstanding concepts including award-winning restaurants, chic cafes, vibrant bars and clubs, romantic weddings and celebrations and stunning corporate venues. 1-Group has witnessed countless first dates, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other milestones in people’s lives Singapore’s most productive and creative organizer of important events. The group’s 8 Iconic & Heritage outlets are home to over 26 distinct F&B concepts and brands, each with a distinct history. These stunning venues, along with their signature attention to quality banquet food, lavish theater and exquisite service, have earned the group an unprecedented number of awards and accolades across its portfolio. Dedicated to fresh ideas to enhance every moment of the celebration, 1-Group continues its vision of creating lasting memories and extraordinary experiences for all its guests. For more information on its properties, please visit

About Smobler Studios

Smobler Studios is a metaverse architecture and creative design agency headquartered in Singapore. It specializes in creative ideation, design thinking, brand marketing and metaverse development for The Sandbox Game. Recent clients include Mighty Jaxx, 1-Group, The Food Bank Singapore and Tools of Rock NFT. It is powered by The Sandbox and Brinc. To learn more, visit

About the sand box

The Sandbox, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is one of the decentralized virtual worlds that has fueled the recent growth in demand for virtual real estate, after partnering with major IPs and brands such as Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, The Rabbids, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Snoop Dogg, Adidas, Deadmau5, Steve Aok, Richie Hawtin, The Smurfs, Care Bears, Atari, ZEPETO, CryptoKitties and more. Building on the existing The Sandbox IP, which has more than 40 million installs on mobile devices worldwide, The Sandbox Metaverse offers gamers and developers a decentralized and intuitive platform to create immersive 3D worlds and gaming experiences and securely store and trade their creations and monetize. For more information visit and follow regular updates on Twitter, Medium and Discord.

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