We’ve seen plenty of people get engaged on flights; there have even been several births in the air. Now, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) is offering people the chance to actually tie the knot on a plane. Working with a wedding company, ANA is offering one of its Boeing 777-300ERs as a dream wedding venue. However, only nine lucky couples will get the chance to have an aviation-themed wedding.
Airlines have been looking for all sorts of ways to make some extra cash during the pandemic. We’ve seen everything from flights to nowhere to selling bar carts and pajamas. Now ANA has come up with a new revenue stream; weddings!
According to local media in Japan, ANA has partnered with a wedding planning company for a special ANA wedding. For three days in May and another six dates in June, lucky couples can tie the knot onboard a parked Boeing 777-300ER. The aircraft will remain at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
What will the weddings involve?
The airline is offering two wedding packages. The first costs 1.55 million yen ($14,300) and includes a wedding on the aircraft for a period of one hour and 30 guests. The second, more luxurious package costs 3 million yen ($27,600) and also includes a wedding reception held in the Galaxy Hall of Tokyo Haneda’s Terminal 1.
The wedding itself will be a fancy affair with the Bride and Groom welcomed by a live performance of the aptly named Another Sky, where flutes and Irish harp soloists will perform. The couple’s nuptials will be announced in traditional aviation-style using the in-flight announcement system and using a special Galaxy lighting feature.
Despite all the extra features making each wedding special, couples and their guests will not be allowed to use the onboard WiFi, nor will the inflight entertainment system be available for use. And anyone hoping to stock up on duty-free drinks will also be disappointed.
Couples will have to fork out a bit more cash if they want their guests to eat, as food is not included. ANA hasn’t confirmed if an outside catering company can provide food or if standard airplane food is the only option. If it’s the latter, let’s hope it’s first class.
However, the cost of each wedding does include the officiant, live music, professional photographer, and professional hair and makeup. Guests will also receive a seating tag and a special welcome announcement. Some media in Japan are also suggesting the price includes a dress for the Bride and a tuxedo for the Groom. Perhaps we will get to see a special ANA-style wedding dress; at least it will include something blue!
Get in quick
Since there will be just one wedding per day and there are only nine available dates, if you plan on getting married soon, you’ll have to be quick. Applications to be one of the lucky couples opens today and runs until the end of the month.
What do you think of ANA’s new wedding package? We’d love to hear what you think about this. If you do get married on the ANA Boeing 777, please let us know!