16 years ago, astronaut Ekaterina Dmitriev stood on the ground in Texas as her husband orbited the Earth in the International Space Station, tying the knot via video link and walking down the aisle to David Bowie. Now, a Florida-based company is offering betrothed couples the chance to say “I do” looking down on planet Earth, as well as other celestial bodies in our solar system.
The company’s Neptune spacecraft, which launched in June and is powered by renewable hydrogen, takes passengers to the edge of space, a spot that allows them to see our planet from above. It boasts the biggest windows ever flown into space, plus a high-speed Wi-Fi connection for sharing the view with family and friends back on Earth. According to the company’s website, tickets for a one-time space wedding experience start at $125,000 per couple.
However, it’s likely more affordable if you’re just tying the knot for yourself rather than celebrating with a large group of guests. And if you don’t want to wait until you get to the edge of space, there are plenty of other ways to incorporate a galactic theme into your day.
You can add star-shaped accessories to your look, like these cute galaxy bow ties and matching hair barrettes, or choose a galaxy cake or galactic table numbers for your reception. DIY planet and star-shaped paper projectors can also turn any venue into an intergalactic observatory for pennies on the dollar.
A company called Space Perspective is also selling the opportunity for couples to say “I do” on the edge of space, but the waiting list is already light-years long. Their SpaceBalloon, Neptune, carries passengers to the edge of space and beyond, giving them two hours to see our planet through the thin blue line of atmosphere, as well as other solar systems and galaxies.
Space Perspective’s Space Lounge can hold nine people, including the pilot, and is equipped with drinks, comfortable seats to enjoy the view, and a high-speed Wi-Fi connection so you can FaceTime your loved ones in space as you vow to love them forever.
While NASA may have advised cosmonauts to delay their weddings until they returned to Earth, Yuri Malenchenko decided to tie the knot in orbit when he learned his mission would be extended. Despite Russian officials trying to stop the ceremony by arguing that Malenchenko’s profession is dangerous and he could potentially compromise national security, the US government allowed the marriage to go through.
A space wedding may be out of reach for most couples, but if you’re willing to put in the extra work, you can still celebrate your special day looking up at the stars. For more inspiration, check out our gallery of stellar wedding ideas. Just don’t forget to bring a few star-shaped snacks for the ride! And if you’d prefer something a little less ambitious, there are many destinations that offer breathtaking views to create a beautiful backdrop for your nuptials.