The idea of getting married in the middle of nowhere with nothing but your loved one and some breathtaking views might be something you would dream about for a long time. However, this can now be a reality thanks to a space travel company that is giving couples the chance to say ‘I do’ in the ultimate destination – outer space.
Destination weddings have become a popular choice for couples who want to tie the knot in a special place that is different from their everyday lives. These locations are usually a natural setting like beside a stream, in a rustic horse stable, or on top of a mountain. But one company is taking this concept to a whole new level by offering couples the opportunity to get married in space for Rs 1 crore per person.
According to the website of Space Perspective, which has already started accepting bookings for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the six-hour Spaceship Neptune trip will be able to lift passengers into orbit, offering them the best view possible of Earth from above. It will be propelled by renewable hydrogen, eliminating the need for rockets and their associated carbon footprint. It will also have enormous porthole windows which are perfect for making a truly unique backdrop for some wedding photos.
In order to get this space-themed wedding right, it’s important that you have a plan in place. For example, you’ll want to ensure that the venue can provide all of the necessary facilities and amenities for your guests. This includes things like tables and chairs, food and drinks, and a bathroom. Depending on the location, some venues may restrict what types of furnishings or transportation can be brought in, which could affect your budget and planning.
One couple who managed to make it work was Yuri Malenchenko and Ekaterina Dmitriev, who got married while he was in space. The cosmonaut had previously been denied a promotion because he was married to a U.S. citizen, despite the fact that this was his private life and shouldn’t affect his work.
However, he was given permission to marry Dmitriev at the NASA mission control center in Houston, Texas. The two were married on August 16, 2001, which was a few days before his return to Earth. They were able to do this because of the laws in Texas that allow marriages to be performed without both parties being present.
For those who are interested in the idea of a space wedding, Space Perspective’s waitlist is currently light-years long. The website says that the spaceship will cost USD 125,000 (over INR 1 crore) per seat, though we assume this will increase if it becomes available for special wedding flights. For more information, head to their site here.