If you’ve ever dreamed of tying the knot in outer space, you may soon have that opportunity. A company called Space Perspective is offering couples the chance to get married on the edge of space — not as far out as a full-on rocket flight, but close enough that you can boast to your friends and family that you got married in space!
The experience isn’t cheap, though. Couples need to be prepared to drop at least $125,000 per person to ride in the Space Lounge capsule, which holds nine people including the pilot. The trip lasts six hours, which gives you time for a ceremony and reception as well as spectacular views of the Earth and beyond.
While it’s not exactly a budget option, a space wedding could be worth the cost for some couples. If you’re interested in a space themed wedding, start by scouting out a venue that has a similar aesthetic to your vision. For example, if you want to have an elegant affair with lots of florals, look for a wedding venue that has plenty of greenery and natural light. If you’re going for a more rustic vibe, consider a venue that has wooden floors and an exposed brick wall.
Once you’ve found the perfect spot, play up its unique features by using decor that plays off of your theme. For example, if you have an open floor plan that’s large and airy, try adding a few large balloon installations to the space. These are a great way to fill in the space and add a pop of color. You can also add rugs to ground the space and create a cozy atmosphere for your guests.
Another way to give your space a more intimate feel is by bringing in lots of smaller decorations. This is especially important if you’re hosting a small wedding. Small details like a small cake topper, mini-candles or even a single flower can make your big day feel more intimate and personal.
A final aspect to consider when planning a space wedding is how much help you’ll need to set up your event. If you’re not good at delegating tasks, a Raw Space might not be the right fit for you. If that’s the case, I recommend working with a wedding planner or someone who can assist you with the logistics of your space.
One of the most famous space weddings took place 16 years ago when astronaut Ekaterina Dmitriev married cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko on the International Space Station. They used a video link to tie the knot, and Dmitriev walked down the aisle to a David Bowie song just as the station re-emerged into sunlight. The pair are now living in Texas with their two children. Malenchenko is a veteran of five space missions and is currently number two in the list of longest-serving cosmonauts. He’s also the holder of Russia’s highest honor, the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.