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Want to Get Gay Married at 35,000 Feet? Scandinavia’s Airline Wants to Throw Your Reception Over The Atlantic

Nepal may have just celebrated its first-ever legal gay wedding, but who’s going to be the first same-sex couple to get hitched at 35,000 feet? Scandinavia’s SAS Airlines is offering one European and one American couple a free flight and honeymoon package to tie the knot on one of their A340S as it flies between Stockholm and New York in December as part of its new “Love Is In The Air” marketing campaign.

And it’s not like the captain is just going to walk out of the cockpit and say a few words before the rings are exchanged. This will be an affair.

The European couple will get married on flight SK903 on December 6 from Stockholm to New York. The entire 32-seat Business Class cabin will be converted into a wedding hall where the captain of the aircraft will wed the lucky couple, then guests and media will celebrate with a wedding banquet, wedding cake, and even dancing if the airline has its way. After landing in New York, the Europeans will be treated to a stay at one of the W Hotels in Manhattan for two nights, then be flown to West Hollywood, California, where they will spend three nights at the Andaz West Hollywood, be wed (Prop 8 legislation pending), and receive a key to the city.

The flight back on December 7 will be the setting for the winning American couple’s wedding, and once they land in Sweden, they will be whisked away to the Ice Hotel in the far northern reaches of Sweden to spend two nights before coming back to Stockholm for some more cosmopolitan fun during three nights at the Skeppsholmen Hotel.

Interested in saying “I do” as soon as the “Fasten Seatbelts” sign is no longer illuminated? Enter here — beginning Sept. 1. One request if any of you win? Let JetBlue’s Steven Slater be your best man.