The first space wedding took place in October 2009, when Ekaterina Dmitriev of Russia and Russian citizen Yuri Malenchenko married via satellite link. The ceremony took place from NASA headquarters, with the bride wearing a specially designed dress and pants. The groom wore a custom-made tuxedo by J.Lucas Clothiers and tails. While only one half of the couple was in orbit, the effect of the event was felt years later.
Space weddings aren’t exactly a typical wedding. The ceremony isn’t exactly romantic. Astronauts spend months training for missions and don’t have much time for planning a wedding. However, Sergei Malenchenko’s wife, Anita, was able to plan a beautiful ceremony. A friend of the couple stood in for him in Houston. During the wedding, Yuri Malenchenko blew kisses to his bride while Ed Lu played Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” on the soundboard.
As a cosmonaut, Malenchenko is still preparing for his next mission. While he has a full-time administrative position at the Cosmonaut Training Center, his upcoming space wedding has prevented him from getting promoted to first deputy head of the CPC. According to sources in the rocket industry, he was denied a promotion due to his space wedding. The reason for his denial is unclear, but he has been told that the Russian Aerospace Agency’s security service disapproved the promotion because of his preflight commitment.
The couple’s wedding was transmitted to Earth through a satellite. Despite the technical difficulties, the marriage was classified as a private family conference, thereby protecting the privacy of the bride and groom. The wedding ceremony was conducted through a proxy, with Yuri’s friend standing in for the bride in Houston. During the ceremony, the couple exchanged rings and blew kisses. Then Ed Lu played Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” while Yuri and Ekaterina walked into space.
Yuri Malenchenko and his wife, Ekaterina, returned to Earth two months after their wedding. Although they were married in space, they did not get married there. The cosmonauts were not married in space because of the ISS’s restrictions on space marriages. In this case, the couples exchanged vows by proxy in the United States. They also had a live broadcast of the ceremony. This was later classified as a private family conference.
A space wedding is a dream wedding. In a far-off future, the Earth is the moon. The Earth and the Moon both have their own space stations, which are used to send signals between the Earth and the sun. In the movie, the Bride and Groom are married in the Moon. During the ceremony, the bride and groom are separated. The marriage is conducted by proxy. In the real world, the bride and groom have to have their own physical meeting in space.