How to Plan Your Helicopter Elopement in Europe

Planning a helicopter wedding or heli elopement in the European mountains can add a touch of adventure and provide breathtaking views of the stunning landscapes. Here's a general guide on how to plan a helicopter elopement in the mountainous regions.

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Updated March 12, 2024

1. Choose the Location:

Select the specific mountainous region where you want to have your helicopter elopement. You really can't go wrong here, they are all beautiful options. I recommend sticking to a country that you might want to see some other locations as well, to make it easier for you during your honeymoon.

If you want to also be able to enjoy the beach, I recommend any of these top elopement beaches in Europe (like Greece or Portugal). For more mountains, stick to the best mountain ranges for elopements in Europe (like Italy or Switzerland). France will give you vineyards, another stunning coastline, and romance. Germany will give you castles and beer.

2. Find Helicopter Service Providers:

Look for reputable helicopter service providers in the chosen region. Research and compare their offerings, safety records, and customer reviews. Check if they specialize in scenic flights, a "taxi" service, or customized elopement packages. I've written some recommendations below.

3. Determine the Flight Route:

Discuss your vision with the helicopter service provider and work with them to determine the ideal flight route. They should already have some routes planned and packages out for you to look at.

Mount Cook, New Zealand helicopter tour

4. Check Permits & Regulations:

Determine if any permits or authorizations are required for your helicopter elopement in the chosen region. Helicopter flights may have certain restrictions, so consult with the service provider and local authorities to ensure compliance with regulations.

5. Plan the Ceremony Location:

Identify a suitable spot for your ceremony within the flight route. It could be a mountain peak, a secluded meadow, a lakeside setting, or any other picturesque location that can be accessed by helicopter. See if it's a place where you can invite some guests, if that's what you want.

6. Secure Professional Services:

Arrange for a professional photographer and, if desired, a videographer to capture your helicopter elopement. They can ensure that the magical moments and stunning aerial views are beautifully documented. A planner is also super useful to help you book all your activities, accommodations, and the helicopter tours themselves.

7. Arrange Logistics & Accommodation:

Coordinate the logistics, including transportation to and from the helicopter base, and consider accommodations near your elopement location. It's essential to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Don't forget to coordinate with your photographer and videographer in case they will need to find accommodation with you.

8. Customize Your Ceremony:

Personalize your ceremony to reflect your love story and preferences. Write your vows, choose meaningful readings or rituals, and bring any special items or decorations to make the helicopter elopement unique and memorable.

Remember to consider factors like weather conditions, seasonality, and the expertise of the helicopter service provider when planning your elopement. Engaging the services of a wedding planner can also be helpful in navigating the logistics and ensuring a seamless experience.

Sky Helicopters, Vancouver, BC, Canada proposal

9. Who should You Hire in Europe in 2024?

If you hire a wedding or elopement planner, they can help! But here are some companies I can recommend to you in different regions:

Queenstown, New Zealand helicopter proposal

As a wedding & elopement photographer, I am very happy to share my years of expertise with you and connect you to any of my helicopter partners, to help you make your adventurous heli wedding come true.

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