The ultimate guide for your helicopter elopement

Soaring hearts: The ultimate guide to helicopter elopements

During a helicopter elopement, the sky is not just a backdrop; it’s a vast canvas where your love story takes flight. Imagine the horizon stretching endlessly, the gentle hum of the rotor blades marking the rhythm of your heartbeats, as you ascend towards a moment of pure bliss. This adventure is for those who dream of a union that transcends the earth, where vows are whispered above the clouds, and the world below becomes a witness to your commitment.

Here, in the embrace of the heavens, your love story unfolds in an epic tableau of nature’s grandeur. A helicopter elopement is a testament to the boldness of your love, a journey to the extraordinary, where each moment is elevated by the thrill of the unknown and the beauty of the skies. As we navigate through this guide, let the call of the skies inspire you to a love that soars, to a moment that defines the very essence of adventure and romance.

Embrace the journey ahead, where your hearts will not just fly—they will soar into a new chapter, framed by the boundless sky, and marked by the unforgettable adventure of a helicopter elopement.

Let’s dive in…

The Call of the Skies

Amber, elopement photographer

Hey there, I’m Amber!

Embarking on a helicopter elopement is an adventure of a lifetime, and choosing the right photographer to capture every breathtaking moment is crucial. As your dedicated elopement photographer with a passion for the skies, I’m here to ensure that your elopement is not just photographed, but immortalized with the spirit of adventure and romance that it embodies.

With my expertise as an elopement photographer and seasoned travel planner, I’m committed to elevating your wedding day beyond your wildest dreams. From scouting the perfect aerial vistas to offering tailored travel advice for your sky-high journey, I’ll craft a seamless, stress-free experience that’s as limitless as your love. My personalized location suggestions, insightful travel tips, and custom itineraries are designed to make your helicopter elopement unforgettable.

If you’re ready to soar above breathtaking landscapes and pledge your love amidst the clouds, or if you’re curious about helicopter elopement packages, contact me. Let’s chat about bringing the extraordinary vision of your elopement to life!

Why do a helicopter elopement?

Unique Perspective

A helicopter elopement transcends the traditional, offering unparalleled views and experiences that ground-based ceremonies can’t match. It’s an adventure that elevates your vows to new heights, allowing you to celebrate your love amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of secluded peaks, hidden waterfalls, and untouched landscapes accessible only from the sky. This unique journey not only promises the thrill of flight and the exclusivity of remote locations but also embeds your special day with a sense of adventure and intimacy that will be cherished forever. In choosing such a daring and extraordinary way to say “I do,” your love story becomes an epic tale of adventure, set against the world’s most breathtaking backdrops.

Privacy and Intimacy

Exchanging vows in the sky or on a remote mountaintop epitomizes the essence of seclusion and intimacy, creating a sanctuary above the world where your promises resonate with the profound serenity of the heavens. This unique moment, shared amidst the clouds or atop the earth’s silent sentinels, is a profound testament to your love, undisturbed and sanctified by the vast expanse of nature. It’s an unparalleled experience where the only witnesses are the elements themselves—sky, wind, and the timeless landscape below. In this elevated solitude, your commitment to each other is not just spoken; it’s whispered into the very fabric of the universe, marking a beginning that’s as boundless as the sky above.

Adventure and Excitement

The thrill of a helicopter ride to begin your marriage is the epitome of adventure, merging the exhilaration of flight with the profound commitment of your vows in a bold declaration of love. As the landscape unfolds beneath you, each turn and ascent pulses with the excitement of a shared journey into the unknown. This is not just an elopement; it’s an epic voyage that sets the tone for your life together—a life that dares to embrace the extraordinary, to find beauty in the heights and the depths, and to celebrate love with a fearless leap into the horizon. Beginning your marriage in such a spectacular fashion is a testament to the strength and depth of your bond, a vivid proclamation that your union will forever soar on the wings of adventure.

Choosing the right provider for your helicopter elopement

Choosing the right provider for your heli elopement

Selecting the right helicopter service for your elopement is crucial to ensuring a memorable, safe, and utterly romantic experience. Here are some essential tips to guide you in making the perfect choice:

  1. Prioritize Safety: The foremost consideration should always be safety. Look for services with impeccable safety records, well-maintained helicopters, and pilots with extensive experience, especially in flying in diverse weather conditions and landscapes. Check for certifications and reviews that attest to their commitment to safety.
  2. Experience in Elopements: Choose a service that specializes or has considerable experience in catering to elopements. These operators will be familiar with the unique requirements of such events, from knowing the most picturesque and secluded locations to understanding the need for flexibility in scheduling around weather conditions and lighting for photography.
  3. Customization Options: Your elopement is deeply personal, so finding a helicopter service that allows for customization is key. Whether it’s choosing a specific route, landing locations, or even decorating the helicopter, look for a service that is willing to tailor the experience to your preferences and dreams.
  4. Consult Reviews and Testimonials: Hearing from couples who have experienced what you’re envisioning can provide invaluable insights. Look for reviews and testimonials specifically mentioning elopements. These can shed light on how well the service delivered on expectations, managed the logistics, and contributed to the overall experience.
  5. Transparent Pricing: Ensure that the helicopter service is upfront about all costs, including any possible additional fees for permits, landing rights, or extended flight time. Transparent pricing will help you budget effectively for your elopement without any surprises.
  6. Communication and Support: Finally, the quality of communication and support you receive from the helicopter service can significantly impact your experience. Choose a service that is responsive, attentive to your questions and concerns, and demonstrates a genuine interest in making your elopement as magical as possible.

By carefully considering these factors, you can select a helicopter service that not only ensures a breathtaking and safe elopement adventure but also enhances the romance and intimacy of your special day.

What to prepare before your heli elopement

Preparing for a helicopter elopement involves a mix of romance and practicality. While the idea of exchanging vows with stunning aerial views as your backdrop is undeniably enchanting, there are essential preparations, permits, and legal considerations to navigate. Here’s a guide to ensure your sky-high wedding goes smoothly, paying special attention to the nuances of international regulations:

Preparing for your helicopter elopement


  • Research and Choose Your Location Wisely: Start with selecting a location that resonates with your dream vision. Consider the landscape, season, and accessibility. Remember, some locations offer more privacy and unique scenery than others.
  • Select a Helicopter Service Specialized in Elopements: Ensure the company has experience with elopements and is familiar with the best locations and the legalities involved in landing in those areas.


  • Landing Permits: Many regions require specific permits to land a helicopter, especially in national parks, private lands, or protected areas. Work with your chosen helicopter service as they often handle the application process for landing permits.
  • Marriage License: Obtain a marriage license from the local jurisdiction where you plan to marry. Requirements vary, so research well in advance of your planned elopement date.
Permits for your helicopter elopement
Legal considerations for your heli elopement

Legal Considerations

  • Understand Local Laws: Be aware that in some countries, it is illegal to land a helicopter outside of designated helipads or heliports. This includes countries like France (and its territories like French Polynesia) and Switzerland. Such regulations make traditional helicopter elopements in these locations impossible, so consider nearby alternatives or scenic flights that allow you to capture the essence of the experience without landing.
  • Privacy and Environmental Impact: Some areas might have restrictions based on environmental conservation efforts or privacy concerns, especially in secluded or protected areas. Always ensure your elopement plans align with local regulations to avoid fines or legal issues.
  • Insurance: Check if additional insurance is needed for your elopement, both for personal liability and in case of any changes or cancellations. Some helicopter services may require you to purchase specific insurance as part of their charter agreement.

Additional Tips

  • Work with Local Experts: Consider hiring a local elopement planner or coordinator who is familiar with the legal landscape and can navigate the permit process efficiently. They can also offer invaluable advice on local vendors and logistic details.
  • Flexibility: Be prepared for last-minute changes, especially due to weather conditions. Helicopter elopements depend heavily on clear skies and safe flying conditions, so having a backup plan is crucial.
  • Environmental Consciousness: Choose eco-friendly practices for your elopement to minimize your impact on the pristine locations you’ll be visiting. This includes leaving no trace, using biodegradable decor, and respecting wildlife and natural habitats.
Additional tips for your helicopter elopement
Heli elopement tips

By meticulously planning and respecting the legal and environmental guidelines, your helicopter elopement can be a breathtaking, unforgettable experience. The key is to balance adventure with responsibility, ensuring that your declaration of love not only respects the law but also honors the natural beauty of your chosen destination.

Day of the Elopement: A Timeline to Soar By

Preparing for your helicopter elopement is as much about embracing the adventure as it is about attention to detail. Here’s a comprehensive guide to ensure you’re ready for the journey ahead, complete with a checklist of essentials to bring along on your special day.

Outfit and Comfort

  • Dress Appropriately: Choose attire that’s not just elegant but also practical for flying and your chosen location. Flowing dresses and suits are picturesque but ensure they’re secure and won’t cause discomfort during the flight.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Depending on your landing site, consider sturdy footwear for uneven terrain. You can always change into more formal shoes for the ceremony.
  • Layers: Weather can change quickly, especially at high altitudes or in remote locations. Bring a stylish jacket or wrap that complements your outfit.

Health and Safety

  • Motion Sickness: If you or your partner are prone to motion sickness, consider taking non-drowsy motion sickness medication ahead of time.
  • Hydration: Bring water to stay hydrated, especially if you’re flying to a higher altitude.
  • Sun Protection: Sunglasses, sunscreen, and chapstick can be lifesavers in sunny or snowy conditions.

Ceremony Essentials

  • Vows: Write your vows in a small, secure notebook or on sturdy cards that won’t fly away easily.
  • Rings: Keep your rings in a secure box or pouch. Consider attaching them to your outfit or having the officiant/pilot hold them until the ceremony.
  • Marriage License: Don’t forget the legal documents required for your marriage to be official.

Day-of checklist

  • Outfits for both partners
  • Comfortable and appropriate footwear
  • Layers for warmth (jackets, wraps)
  • Rings and vow cards/notebooks
  • Marriage license and any required identification
  • Motion sickness medication (if necessary)
  • Water bottles
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and chapstick
  • Camera/phone with charged batteries and empty memory cards
  • Compact beauty kit for touch-ups
  • A small, secure bag or backpack to keep your essentials together

Getting ready for your helicopter elopement

Rest Well

Get a good night’s sleep before your big day to ensure you’re energized and ready to enjoy every moment.

Eat Lightly

Opt for a light meal before the flight to avoid any discomfort.

Arrive Early

Plan to arrive at the helipad early to meet with your pilot, go over safety instructions, and discuss any last-minute details about your elopement.

your heli-elopement ceremony

Conducting your elopement ceremony in a helicopter, whether airborne or landed in a remote, picturesque location, adds an element of adventure and intimacy unmatched by traditional settings. Here are some suggestions to ensure your ceremony is both meaningful and memorable:

In the air

  • Keep it Simple: Due to space and noise constraints, it’s best to keep the ceremony simple. Exchange short and sweet vows and rings. The pilot can act as a witness, and in some cases, may also be ordained to officiate.
  • Use Headsets: Communicate through headsets provided by the helicopter service. This will allow you to hear each other and the officiant clearly over the noise of the rotor blades.
  • Plan the Timing: Coordinate with your pilot to time your vows or key moments with scenic points of interest passing below, adding a dramatic backdrop to your commitment.

Landed in a remote location

  • Scout the Location: If possible, work with your helicopter service to scout the landing location beforehand, either in person or through photos, to plan the ceremony layout.
  • Incorporate Nature: Use the natural beauty of the surroundings as your decor. A simple floral bouquet or garland can enhance the setting without overshadowing the location’s inherent charm.
  • Mind the Elements: Be prepared for weather changes. A beautiful shawl or jacket can be both practical and stylish. Consider the terrain in your footwear and dress choices.
What to expect before, during and after your flight on your helicopter elopement

What to expect before, during and after the flight

Pre-Flight Safety Briefings

Communication with the Pilot

Moment-to-Moment Experiences

Additional Tips

Top 5 locations for a helicopter elopement

Embarking on a helicopter elopement opens the door to some of the most breathtaking and secluded locations on the planet. Each of these destinations offers its own unique landscape and seasonal beauty, making your special day truly unforgettable. Here are some magnificent locations tailored to different landscapes and seasons:

Where to go for a helicopter elopement - New Zealand

New Zealand

Fiordland National Park: Experience the dramatic beauty of towering mountains and deep fjords. A winter elopement here is magical, with snow-capped peaks and serene waterways. Summer brings vibrant green landscapes and crystal-clear waters, perfect for an unforgettable ceremony.


Na Pali Coast, Kauai: With its rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and cascading waterfalls, the Na Pali Coast is a tropical paradise year-round. A helicopter can land in secluded spots, offering privacy amidst breathtaking beauty, making it ideal for a romantic exchange of vows.

Where to go for a helicopter elopement - Hawaii


Thórsmörk Valley: Nestled between glaciers, Thórsmörk is a stunningly beautiful valley that is virtually inaccessible except by helicopter. Summer reveals lush greenery and vibrant wildflowers, creating a fairy-tale setting for your elopement.

Canada (Banff National Park)

Banff National Park: With turquoise lakes, rugged mountains, and vast glaciers, Banff is a jewel in the Canadian Rockies. A helicopter elopement here can take you to remote lakesides or high mountain peaks, offering stunning views any time of the year. Winter turns the landscape into a snowy wonderland, while summer offers lush forests and wildflowers.

Australia (Tasmania)

Freycinet Peninsula: Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, with its secluded beaches and granite peaks, is a hidden gem. Accessible by helicopter, Wineglass Bay is a picturesque spot for an elopement, offering white sands and azure waters, with mild weather most of the year.

As you embark on your helicopter elopement, let this extraordinary beginning mark the first of countless adventures that lie ahead in your shared journey. This moment, high above the earth or in a hidden corner of the world, symbolizes not just your love but a commitment to a life filled with exploration, courage, and wonder. May the thrill of today inspire you to forever chase new horizons together, embracing each day with the same passion and spirit of adventure that led you to the skies. This is not just a vow exchange; it’s a promise of endless adventures, a testament to a love that elevates and explores, a life where every moment is an opportunity for discovery and growth, side by side.

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