Getting married in an exotic locale, beside a waterfall, or at the top of a mountain are all great options for an unforgettable wedding. But what if you could get married in space? This is what one company is offering, and it’s definitely out of this world.
While it may be difficult to get married in space unless you are both astronauts and you’re on an official mission, it seems like a reality is closer than you might think. A company called Space Perspective is offering couples a once in a lifetime opportunity to get married in space. But it’s not cheap. It will cost you about $125,000 per person.
The first ever space wedding took place in 2003 when a Russian cosmonaut married his U.S.-born wife while on a space mission. The event had some repercussions and made quite the headlines when it occurred. Ekaterina Dmitrieva was the bride, wearing a white dress, and her groom was in orbit aboard the International Space Station 240 vertical miles away. They communicated via video conference and exchanged vows, which were streamed live around the globe.
Since then, there have been a number of other couples who have tied the knot in space, most recently the American astronaut Chris Hadfield and his Canadian fiancée Sarah Williams in 2016. The pair were married via video link from the International Space Station while looking down on Earth below them.
However, it was Dmitriev and Malenchenko’s wedding that really shook things up for the Russian space program. The fact that a Russian cosmonaut and an American-born woman were married in space during a mission irked some officials and had some very real repercussions for both of them.
Ultimately, the main consequence of their marriage was that Malenchenko was denied a promotion to the position of head of Russia’s Cosmonaut Training Center, which would have given him access to classified information. This was because the promotion was not approved by the security services, who were aware of his marriage to an American citizen in space.
In addition to the fact that he was no longer allowed to have access to classified documents, he was also not offered any other positions at the CPC and was forced to retire from his job.
The space hotel that will take guests into orbit is expected to be complete in 2027 and it will feature restaurants, bars, entertainment options and luxury guest suites, much like today’s oceanic cruise ships. It will also have enormous windows that will give guests an amazing view of the Earth below them.
So if you are ready to spend some serious money on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and your dream is to have a wedding that is truly out of this world, then you should start saving now. Just don’t forget your passport.
With traditional wedding venues becoming increasingly hard to find, many couples are turning to unique locations to celebrate their special day. We’ve seen beautiful weddings staged beside a waterfall, in a rustic horse stable, and even on top of a mountain. But perhaps the most incredible venue of all is space.