If you’ve always dreamed of getting married in space, you may now be able to do so. A new company is offering betrothed couples the chance to fly up into the stars and exchange vows as they gaze at our planet from the edge of space. But be prepared to rethink that wedding budget — tickets start at $125,000 per person.
The company is called Space Perspective and it’s designed to give non-astronaut couples a chance to have a wedding in outer space. Guests will enter the capsule through an airlock and be strapped in with a harness to ensure safety. The ship can hold nine passengers and a pilot, and it comes equipped with everything you need to celebrate your special day. This includes a fully-stocked bar, interactive lighting, sound systems, screens that offer in-depth science data about your flight, and even furniture that can be rearranged to accommodate a wedding.
You can even get your guests involved in the festivities by allowing them to make toasts from their seats. The ship will be equipped with a camera to record the event, and you can also have it streamed on your favorite platform so that family and friends who cannot attend can watch. The Space Lounge has large windows that allow for stunning heavenly views, and it offers high-speed Wi-Fi. The website for the company says you can use this to FaceTime or livestream your big day.
One thing you’ll need to keep in mind if you’re considering a Space Wedding is that Russian authorities tried to stop Yuri Malenchenko from marrying Ekaterina when he was in space. Despite being an accomplished astronaut who had already spent two years in orbit and earned the title of Hero of Russia, officials said it was against their rules for military officers to marry foreign citizens. They eventually gave him their blessing, but they did add a clause to future preflight contracts that prohibit marriage in space for other cosmonauts.
Space weddings aren’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to work hard, you can create the wedding of your dreams. Whether you’re looking to take your big day in a more traditional venue or something more unusual, it’s all about finding unique ways to express yourself. It’s important to keep in mind that a wedding is a celebration of your love, so it should reflect who you are as a couple.
For example, you can add touches of astronomy to your wedding by wearing star barrettes in your hair or adding a cosmic bow tie to your suit. You can also opt for a starry cake or create cool stellar wedding favors. The astronomy theme can also carry over to your photo booth, with creative backdrops or a giant moon for you and your partner to pose in front of.
A raw space is any type of non-traditional wedding venue that doesn’t include a hotel or banquet facility. They can range from a warehouse to a brewery and even an airport hangar. Typically these spaces come with lower rental fees than traditional venues but are bare bones. This means you’ll need to bring in your own tables, chairs, flatware, glassware and china. If you’re planning to use a raw space, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional wedding planner who can help you make the most of the location.