A Russian woman has become the first person to marry in space. Ekaterina Dmitrieva married Yuri Malenchenko via video link from the International Space Station. She walked down the aisle to a David Bowie song and was married next to a life-size cardboard cutout of her husband. Her best man played the wedding march on a portable keyboard. The entire ceremony took place in space. It was the first space wedding in history, and the effects are still being felt today.
Astronaut Sergei Malenchenko was busy preparing for his mission and did not have the time to plan a wedding. However, they decided to get married anyway, and were issued marriage licenses on July 17. The wedding ceremony was delayed as officials from the Russian Aerospace Agency tried to talk him into delaying the ceremony. The reason for this was Soviet-era rules requiring military officers to seek permission from their superiors before marrying a foreigner. Russian officials gave the couple their blessing but said other cosmonauts would not be able to marry a foreigner without getting permission first. Despite the setback, officials said they would include rules to prevent such marriages in the future in cosmonaut contracts.
As for the cost of a space wedding, the couple paid $125,000 for the privilege. This included an eight-hundred-thousand dollars as a deposit. The wedding was photographed with the help of space specialists and photographer Misty Miotto. The couple also arranged for a real space station to be used during the ceremony. This would have reflected the couple’s desire to explore space. The couple had hoped to tie the knot in space, but Russian space officials did not approve of the couple’s plans.
For the wedding day itself, the couple conducted a video conference. The event was classified as a private family conference and not broadcast on NASA TV. After the ceremony, the wedding ring and bow tie were delivered to the ISS by Progress cargo spacecraft. The ring had a gold setting and was identical to Ekaterina’s. The bow tie and ring were sent along on a separate flight. The ceremony took about 60 minutes and had a beautiful ceremony.
Despite its popularity, space weddings are not as common as many people may think. The Russian Space Station (ISS) was launched in 2003 and re-emerged in the sunlight a couple of months later. The ISS is still orbiting the Earth. When the ISS is south of New Zealand, it will be in the solar system. However, the Russian Mission Control Center will not contact Yuri Malenchenko’s wife, Ekaterina Dmitriev, to announce their wedding.
In addition to the ceremony space, there are also some important considerations to make when planning for a space wedding. The space should be flexible enough to accommodate different arrangements. When designing the space for your ceremony, ensure that the seating areas are separated from the ceremony space. The guests should have a clear line of sight. Having them peek around corners can ruin the experience. So, a little bit of creativity will go a long way. This way, your space will be beautiful and your wedding ceremony will be memorable.