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Grimoire
6th Feb 2014, 01:07
Ceremony of Eternal Bonding Site Now Live (http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/ddb0a2ea4e33e27e6155791e8fd1b6d7dba68ba8)!
- Starting in patch 2.45, players can pledge their everlasting devotion to a significant other in a Ceremony of Eternal Bonding.
- Eternal Bonding Website (http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/eternalbond/na/).

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Well then...straight to the point: what can you tell me on the subject of marriages in the world of Hydaelyn?
Here are a few questions that have crossed my mind as of late.

- How does the feature work?

- Is it yet fully implemented?

- Any particular requirements?

- Are cross-race unions allowed?

- What does the wedding attire look like?

- What rewards and other benefits will you gain?

- Any personal experiences you might share?

Also...I wonder what the future might have in store? Concerning shared housing as well as the option to create "minor" characters...?

Grimoire
2nd May 2014, 11:11
More about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s marriage system (http://www.siliconera.com/2014/05/01/final-fantasy-xiv-realm-reborns-marriage-system/)
(Siliconera)
― during this past weekend’s NicoNico Super Meeting 3, Square Enix held a special stage event for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, called “Super F.A.T.E. in Tokyo”.

Hippy_Pickle
2nd May 2014, 12:00
I would imagine it will be quite similar to how the FFXI marriage system works - http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/Wedding_Guide

I can also imagine a bit of media backlash from the LGBT community with the more than likely restrictions on only opposite gender marriages. I saw numerous people complaining over the Valentines event where chocolates could only be exchanged between members of the opposite gender.

Hippy_Pickle
2nd May 2014, 12:22
The thought has just occurred to me though that we have the Phantasia potions in FFXIV and these are also going to be going on sale soon, so what would be implications of people using the potions to change to opposite genders, have their wedding and then use another potion to change back. Will the game recognise the change in gender and dissolve the marriage? Will the rings be gender specific so you couldn't equip it? The post mentions discarding a ring would result in 'divorce' but if you still had it but couldn't equip it then would you still technically be married?

Some interesting points to ponder.....

Grimoire
2nd May 2014, 18:16
You have a really good point there, Pickle...

Grimoire
24th May 2014, 13:53
Update from a Letter from the Producer Live Part XIV (http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/19dfa97dcf5be9e19977b3c4c0a727489f63a43c):
http://semna30.webs.com/FFXIV_Wedding.jpg

Hippy_Pickle
27th May 2014, 10:12
Did you notice in the top left corner it says ver.2.4 so that could be hinting at what patch it would be due on :)

Grimoire
27th May 2014, 20:38
Indeed.
I am obligated to keep a close eye out for further updates, so let's see what the future might hold in store for this particular feature.

Grimoire
11th Jun 2014, 03:28
E3 Live Letter Recap #1: Brutal Ninja Wedding (http://www.finalfantasy.net/xiv/e3-live-letter-recap-1-brutal-ninja-wedding/)
(Final Fantasy Network)
― While tomorrow’s stream will primarily be about Patch 2.3: Defenders of Eorzea, director Yoshida and company saw fit to tease content that may be coming a bit later down the line.

Grimoire
17th Jun 2014, 23:36
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to Offer Same-Sex Relationships (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-06-16/final-fantasy-xiv-a-realm-reborn-to-offer-same-sex-relationships/.75618)
(Anime News Network)
― Patch will allow bonding ceremonies for characters of any gender.

Hippy_Pickle
26th Jun 2014, 08:56
The ceremonies regardless of race and gender was a very very smart move from SE. Other game devs could learn a lot from this move and how the modern world is ;)

Arkghyom
26th Jun 2014, 21:23
It looks really pretty.

Hippy_Pickle
27th Jun 2014, 07:11
You should see the 2 person Wedding Chocobo :D

Atma-Weapon
27th Jun 2014, 12:30
I've yet to read or hear of any benefits that come with being married. Has anyone else found any info on this subject or are the specifics still a mystery? I'd imagine this wedding business is probably gonna cost us a pretty penny, and I'm not in the habit of throwing my gil away for no other reason than being married to some player I've never met before, who could quite possibly be a dude..

Hippy_Pickle
27th Jun 2014, 13:20
From looking at the amount of gil that was involved in the FFXI wedding ceremonies then yes it will be a gil sink. I would imagine that the rings you receive will give some stat boost like spiritbond + or something similar but will generally be used for glamour.

The only benefit mentioned so far is 2 person mounts which 2 bonded people can ride at the same time. Both myself and my IRL wife play so a marriage of our in-game characters would be kinda cute ;)

But it's obviously mainly there as a gil sink and is not something everyone will want to do but it's good to have the option.

Kelson_Aegis
15th Aug 2014, 11:12
I think it's fantastic that SE has caught up with the times and isn't reserving weddings for specific gender and race combinations. I don't plan on using this service myself, but am glad it's available for those who want to.

Hippy_Pickle
15th Aug 2014, 11:46
I think it's fantastic that SE has caught up with the times and isn't reserving weddings for specific gender and race combinations. I don't plan on using this service myself, but am glad it's available for those who want to.

Couldn't agree more with you, they would have been shooting themselves in the foot if it was opposite gender specific. I play as a male character myself and my IRL wife is female which wouldn't have been an issue but I'm Miqo'te and she's lalafell so cross race is also a good confirmation. Just think of the tiny baby kittens we could have! :D

Grimoire
21st Sep 2014, 10:04
The Eternal Bonding system will be released in Patch 2.45.

Grimoire
17th Oct 2014, 10:45
Letter from the Producer LIVE at TGS 2014 – Event Digest (http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/f5d2a51c83fa7e955b3c3583a5aa739e064b3ebe) (10/17/2014)

[35:12]
Q: I’m looking forward to the wedding system. Will it be part of Patch 2.4?
A: The marriage system, or “Eternal Bonding,” is currently under development on a massive scale. Despite the resources we’re pouring into it, it’s been slow going because we’re setting it up as a reservation system where you pick a date and time to tie the knot. Right now we’re looking at a Patch 2.45 release. It’ll definitely be worth the wait, though─the system is going to be huge and very customizable. We should be able to give you a sneak peek of things like what kinds of dresses there will be fairly soon.

[36:17]
Q: Will there be any special actions you can use exclusively with your marriage partner, like teleporting to their location?
A: Well, we’re going to start off with a special chocobo that two people can ride together, and add more features bit by bit. Please don’t expect a whole lot right at the beginning.

Grimoire
20th Oct 2014, 01:20
Letter from the Producer LIVE at Las Vegas summary (http://www.novacrystallis.com/2014/10/final-fantasy-xiv-a-realm-reborn-letter-from-the-producer-live-at-las-vegas-summary/) (Nova Crystallis)

Can we set permissions for personal rooms with our Eternal Bond partners?
We haven’t implemented this, but we do have the ability to do that, so it’s something we will consider.

Will there be any restrictions on Personal Bond? Such as how many ceremonies per day?
This will be coming in Patch 2.45, and players can only have one Personal Bond. The Ceremony of Eternal Bond guide will be put up on the Lodestone; You apply through the Lodestone, you will receive a bracelet upon your registration, and with both of you having that equipped you will go to a special NPC, talk to them, and you will be able to work on how you’re going to do the ceremony. The ring is given after this. There will be a restriction on how many ceremonies can be performed per day, and there will be a schedule. It is a reservation system so you have to decide when your time will be and apply. Once the date and hour is confirmed, you will receive your invitations which you can customise and then pass out to other Free Company members and friends.

Grimoire
26th Nov 2014, 15:10
Letter from the Producer, LIX (http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/db3737ddd6078278a71cc7806a3cf0787f749003)
- FINAL FANTASY XIV fans the world round, the fifty-ninth Letter from the Producer has arrived for your viewing pleasure!


"There’s more to FFXIV than just end game raiding, and starting in patch 2.45, coming in the first half of December, you can pledge your devotion to your significant other in a Ceremony of Eternal Bonding. We designed this system with roleplaying in mind, paying extra attention to customization and presentation, so that you can hold an amazing ceremony in the world of Eorzea."

http://img.finalfantasyxiv.com/t/47996e317b28428c2c7fdb83aca0f9e06b682909_1.jpg?_ga=1.180821159.1256379625.1414692036

Grimoire
29th Nov 2014, 13:31
Letter from the Producer Live XVIII (http://www.finalfantasy.net/xiv/letter-producer-live-xviii/) (Final Fantasy Network)
- A summary of the news and details.

– The process for Eternal Bond involves an application through the MogStation, a special quest that will provide you with rings and attire, choose a type of ceremony, then you can reserve a date and time and send invitations.
– When the day of the ceremony comes, you’ll gather at the Sanctum of the Twelve and cutscenes featuring your characters will play.
– A “Standard” ceremony is free, but if you want to go the extra mile, there is a paid “Gold” ceremony option. It will have differences in the items available. A website detailing this feature is in the works.

Grimoire
29th Nov 2014, 23:52
Letter from the Producer LIVE XVIII summary (http://www.novacrystallis.com/2014/11/final-fantasy-xiv-a-realm-reborn-letter-from-the-producer-live-xviii-summary/). (Nova Crystallis)

Grimoire
9th Dec 2014, 07:30
Patch 2.45 Notes (http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/e131753e64b2980c646e605b11cf56b933b99601)
- Patch 2.45 will introduce a host of additions and refinements to the realm of Eorzea, starting with the long-awaited Ceremony of Eternal Bonding, adjustments to dragoon and ninja, changes to the Final Coil of Bahamut, and the continuation of the Zodiac Weapon quest line.

Grimoire
9th Dec 2014, 13:10
Ceremony of Eternal Bonding Site Now Live (http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/ddb0a2ea4e33e27e6155791e8fd1b6d7dba68ba8)!
- Starting in patch 2.45, players can pledge their everlasting devotion to a significant other in a Ceremony of Eternal Bonding.
- Eternal Bonding Website (http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/eternalbond/na/).