Getting married is a special occasion and most couples want to make their big day unforgettable. If tying the knot in a traditional setting seems boring, there are a variety of new wedding trends to help celebrate a loving union. One out-of-this-world option is to get hitched in space. A company called Space Perspective is offering newlyweds the chance to do just that. The company will launch passengers into orbit in a carbon-neutral balloon fitted with enormous windows to provide the ultimate view of Earth from above. The waitlist to get married amongst the stars is already light-years long.
According to the company’s website, newlyweds can expect a comfortable and enjoyable experience that is surprisingly easy. The capsule that passengers will ride in, which is referred to as the Space Lounge, can be configured to accommodate nine people including the pilot. Couples can toast to their new lives together while enjoying plush seating, interactive lighting, and sound systems. Sensors and screens will offer in-depth science data about the flight so no one will feel lost. And to make the moment extra memorable, Space Perspective allows for furniture rearrangement during special flights like a wedding.
The Space Lounge has several amenities including drinks, a kitchenette and bathroom. Guests will also enjoy a private viewing deck with a large window, which is perfect for photos. The trip is scheduled to take place around sunset and will last for about six hours.
Astronauts often describe the impact of seeing planet Earth from above as a paradigm shift that forever changes their outlook on life. Over six unforgettable hours, Space Perspective will give couples the chance to join this select group of individuals.
In 2003, the first space wedding took place when Ekaterina Dmitrieva, a U.S. citizen of Russian descent, wed her husband, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, via video link from NASA headquarters in Texas. She walked down the aisle to a song by David Bowie, wearing her white dress. He wore a bow tie to mark the occasion.
A few years later, the same couple celebrated their second wedding in space — this time with both of them on board the International Space Station (ISS). The bride, clad in her white dress, walked down the aisle to “A Space Oddity,” while her husband watched on the ISS’s video conference monitor. He wore his standard crew uniform, complete with a bow tie.
If you’re ready to take the leap into marriage, Space Perspective is accepting bookings for its inaugural wedding flights this year. The trip costs $125,000 per person, but the company says it’s a great opportunity for families to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience together. Click here for more information or to book your space wedding.