On October 20, Ekaterina Dmitriev and Yuri Malenchenko married in space via video link from their respective planets. Ekaterina was at NASA’s Houston headquarters and Yuri was on the International Space Station. The couple exchanged vows through a video link and Yuri was dressed in a bow tie.
Space weddings are possible with the new technology that was developed by a Japanese firm. The space couple will spend several minutes in zero gravity, where they can exchange vows in front of up to three guests. The spaceships will carry the couple about 100 kilometers above Earth’s surface. The couple will exchange their vows with the help of a priest. The couple will have 60 minutes to perform the ceremony.
To commemorate the space wedding, the bride and groom wore formal flight suits and their best man, Ed Lu, wore astronaut uniforms. The spacecraft en route to the ISS carried the wedding bouquet, rings, and other items for the couple. They were not allowed to broadcast the ceremony on NASA television, as it was classified as a private family conference. The bride marched into the ceremony to David Bowie’s “Absolute Beginners.” She recited the lyrics of the song. After the ceremony, Yuri Malenchenko blew kisses to the bride. A friend of his stood in for Yuri, who had been in Houston for the wedding.
The cosmonauts’ wedding is a rare and unusual wedding, and despite the difficulties of arranging a wedding in space, the couple plans to hold a religious ceremony in Russia next June. They have selected a church in Yaroslavl, a city north of Moscow, with traditional Russian church architecture.
While space weddings are not new, the venue for the ceremony has been in the works for a few years. Now, the first space hotel is set to open in 2027, so it’s not too far away. As space weddings are getting more popular, the space wedding venues are getting more spectacular. Fortunately, no building permits will be required.
Those who want an intimate wedding in a beautiful location can hire a space wedding planner. These professionals are the main liaisons between the vendors and clients. A space wedding requires meticulous planning and a lot of design savvy. To be sure, it should take place on the same day as the wedding itself. Once the wedding day is scheduled, it’s best to coordinate with the planner.
When selecting a space wedding, it’s important to consider the venue’s size and style. If the space is large, it may be appropriate to decorate with flowers and an elegant archway. However, if the space is smaller, it may not be the best choice for wedding decorations. Choosing the right space can help you save time and money.