Marriage. The formal definition of the practice is, “Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship.” Sounds so special, and it most certainly is, to some. Unfortunately, nearly 50 percent of all marriages in America end in divorce, and a new, coin-based, method of getting married, Concept Shed’s AutoWed Wedding Machine may result in those figures to rise even higher if the marriage method is made more official.
The AutoWed Wedding Machine, 2.5-meter-tall [8-foot], device mimics an actual wedding ceremony, producing a printed, but unofficial, marriage certificate for a dollar or U.K. pound.
After inserting your money, entering the details of you and your “betrothed” using a steampunk-inspired keyboard, a robotic voice reads out your names. Once complete, the AutoWed dispenses a set of rings in plastic eggs, producing a “perfect” marriage.
AutoWed inventor Sam Lanyon:
“About a year and a half ago we were playing around with an idea about the bastardisation of a traditional wedding by crossing it with a parking meter. We stuck it into the sketchbook and it just sat there as an idea.”
“We’re going to be designing a simplified version. This one looks great but the custom-built keyboard and other details means that it’s quite expensive. So we’re producing a cut-down version for other bars to appreciate the payback.”
While purely for fun at this point, one can envision certain spots on the globe, Las Vegas for example, where AutoWed could be used as an actual method for getting married.
The question is, would you opt to get married using AutoWed, or would you choose a more traditional marriage ceremony?