Weddings in Space

When it comes to getting married, you can do just about anything to make the occasion memorable and special. From a forest stream to the top of a mountain, couples are increasingly choosing one-of-a-kind locations to exchange vows with their loved ones. However, if you’re really hoping to go all out with your wedding decor, you might need to consider an event space that can provide the perfect atmosphere to do so.

A space wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that can be even more magical than your average wedding. In 2003, a Russian cosmonaut married an American citizen while still on a mission to the International Space Station. It’s an incredible feat, but it also had some serious consequences.

The bride, Ekaterina Dmitrieva, arrived in a white dress at the ceremony in Houston, Texas. Yuri Malenchenko, dressed in his standard uniform and a bow tie, joined the wedding via a satellite video link from the station. He wore his wedding band, which had been delivered earlier in a parcel sent by a cargo spacecraft to the ISS. Afterward, the couple danced to David Bowie’s “Absolute Beginners” at the reception. The cake was a four-tiered vegan creation by Lael Cakes, featuring the couple’s names in edible gold letters and planets made out of chocolate and buttercream.

Space Perspective, the company that offered the first space wedding, is offering another way for people to get hitched in orbit. Their Neptune capsule will take passengers to 100,000 feet above the Earth and lower them back down for splashdown. The six-hour journey will include a full wedding and reception, according to the website, but tickets start at $125,000. The waiting list is already light-years long.

Raw Space Venues

A “Raw Space” wedding venue is any non-traditional location that doesn’t offer wedding packages. This could be a museum, arts center/theatre, town-building, or historical property. The rental fees are usually much cheaper than traditional venues, but you’ll have to bring everything else yourself. This includes the tables, chairs, flatware, glassware, and china. This can be a challenge if delegating tasks isn’t your strong suit, but it can be a fun project for a creative and motivated wedding planner.

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind space to hold your wedding, it’s best to check out the venue’s amenities ahead of time. Some spaces may require you to add facilities like bathrooms or outdoor seating, while others may have restrictions on what types of decor can be used. A knowledgeable event coordinator will be able to guide you through the process of finding a suitable event space for your big day.