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Cosmic
wedding trends
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As space tourism becomes a reality, the
wedding industry won't be far behind.

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'm going on record with an out-of-this-world
prediction: The cover photo of the June 2035 issue of
InTents will show a tented wedding on Mars.
Let me explain.
I've had two topics floating around my head recently:
tented weddings and space exploration. Tented weddings, because this is the annual wedding issue, filled
with the latest trends and fabulous tents and decor. And
space, because at the same time this issue was edited, I
prepared a writer briefing for a feature article in an upcoming issue of Specialty Fabrics Review (IFAI's flagship
publication) on the topic of the aerospace market for the
specialty fabrics industry.
Research for the feature article led me to a Goldman
Sachs podcast from 2017 on the emerging space economy.
While space tourism grabs all the headlines, the recent,
severe drop in launch costs has led to all kinds of potential space activities-asteroid mining, manufacturing in
space-being realistic enough to attract investment.
Given that there is always an engaged couple out
there who wants to top everyone else, a wedding on
Mars is only a matter of time. High-altitude, zerogravity weddings are already a thing, and if you have
the money, I'm sure that one of the private space
exploration companies will book your space wedding
today, although you'll have to be flexible on your actual
wedding date. Imagine exchanging vows in space-and
coming back to Earth, where your family and friends are
gathered under a clear-top, starry night-themed tent!
All of this will lead to a niche space wedding industry
and eventually a Mars wedding, which will take place in
a tent-or at least a fabric geodesic dome like the one
NASA and the University of Hawaii have used in their HISEAS Mars simulation missions.
That's one destination wedding I'll happily skip-
but I look forward to the photos.
Jill C. Lafferty, Senior Editor
jclafferty@ifai.com

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