If you’ve been looking for a little more excitement in your wedding than a string quartet and a giant cake—and you don’t feel like being married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas—a Japanese company might have just the right idea for you: Get married in space.
First Advantage, along with an American aerospace company called Rocketplane, wants to start offering space weddings in 2011. Happy couples will pay more than $2 million for the privilege of exchanging vows in outer space. Well, not exactly “outer” space—after takeoff from an Oklahoma airstrip, the ship should reach about 60 miles above the surface of the Earth.
The ceremony will begin before takeoff, getting some of the preliminary material out of the way so that there’s just enough time to say “I do,” kiss the bride in zero gravity, and look out the window at the outline of the Earth before it’s time to head home.
There’s only room in the rocket ship for two or three guests, but don’t despair—First Advantage will broadcast the video back to the planet’s surface. And the Daily Mail reports that if you upgrade to the premium plan, the company will throw in a free wedding dress and party at the spaceport.
We don’t know whether you get to pick out your own dress, or whether First Advantage has a standard issue bride’s spacesuit. But if wearing the Vera Wang is a huge concern, maybe tying the knot in a spacecraft isn’t right for you anyway.