Saying “I do” in the mountains – it doesn’t get much more romantic than that!
So it’s no wonder that our Helicopter Elopement & Photography Package is one of our most popular. Not everyone can say they got married in the mountains with a beautiful landscape all around them. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience!
If you’re thinking about a helicopter elopement, check out our FAQs below as well as some photos from past couples who have said their vows up near the clouds.
What is all included in the package?
The helicopter ride to and from a scenic and private weather-dependant location, a 5-10 minute ceremony with your officiant, and 1 hour of professional photography to capture the moments before, during and after with 50 or more fully-retouched high-resolution images displayed in an online gallery!
Is there a weight restriction?
The max weight per seat is 300lbs, fully dressed. We will always ask for your weight with clothes on, because really, flying naked is just awkward for our team! If you plan to wear boots, a big coat or a heavy wedding outfit, please consider this when reporting your weight.
How serious is the weight restriction?
Pretty serious. Pilots use the weight information to ensure the helicopter is properly balanced and we can fly safely. So it’s very important that you report your fully clothed weight accurately. We will be collecting your weight information ahead of time, and SKY Helicopters will conduct a pre-flight weigh in on the day of your elopement for everyone’s safety.
If you or your partner’s weight is 10 pounds more than previously stated, there may be an additional charge of $400+GST. If the weight capacity of the helicopter is exceeded at weigh in, it could result in not flying, or additional charges for an extra helicopter to accommodate.
Can I fly if I’m pregnant?
Yes, unless your doctor has advised against it. If you are nearing your due date or have other health risks, we ask that you speak with your doctor/healthcare provider.
Who will be my witnesses?
The pilot and the photographer will sign as witnesses.
Can I bring my own witnesses?
You sure can! You can bring up to four people during peak season (May-Sept) and six people during the rest of the year. Guests will also need to meet the weight restriction, report their weight ahead of time and be subject to additional fees as per the weight rules above. There is an additional charge of $400 per guest (current as of Dec 2018 – please ask us for updated pricing).
Can my dog join us?
Sadly, animals are not permitted to attend. Don’t worry, you can show your furry friends the pictures afterwards so they feel like they were there.
Are my kids able to join us?
YES! Children as young as two years old can join. However, remember that kids move quick and love to explore; the backcountry might not be the safest place for a toddler. But you can have a friend watch your little ones for you at the helicopter hangar and have pictures taken with them afterwards. Older kids love the experience!
How long is it?
The total experience is one hour. It’s a 15 minute flight to the landing location, half an hour there, and a 15 minute flight back down. We ask that you arrive at least 20 minutes early to ensure an on-time departure.
Can I add additional time to the trip?
Of course! Let us know what you are thinking and we can provide a quote for you.
Do you have a videographer?
We do not. But you are welcome to bring one along as one of your guests.
Who are your photographers and can I see their work?
We have a few different photographers we work with such as Erica, from Erica Miller Photography, and Emily, from Emily Nicole Photos. Click their company names to learn more and scroll through this post for samples of their helicopter work.
Can I pick the landing location?
We have a variety of landing spots in the mountains around Widgeon Lake, including mountain peaks, alpine lakeshores and glacier-fed streambeds. The pilot selects the landing spot the day of the flight based on the weather conditions.
What if the weather isn’t great on our day?
If the weather isn’t looking great, we get in contact with the pilot in the morning and discuss our options. Our pilots are experts and can often determine if it will work or not for your flight time. It might be that the pilot will tell us that they can’t do a peak landing, but we can do the secret lake landing or the creekbed landing (pictured here!). So don’t let a little rain scare you!
If the pilot tells us it’s a total no fly day, you have two options:
1) You can rebook your helicopter elopement for a different day and time, although we can’t guarantee the same officiant and photographer.
2) If you prefer to keep your original date and time, your officiant and photographer can help you choose a different location for your ceremony and pictures. Vancouver has so many amazing spots and our officiants know all the hidden gems for a last minute elopement. The cost of the helicopter portion will be refunded to you.
What months is this package available?
We fly all year!
What is appropriate to wear?
It’s good to remember that even in the summer months, there may be snow, so we don’t suggest heels. Closed-toe options with good tread would be best. Generally, jackets are not required in the summer. In the winter, it’s cold! Definitely boots and jackets! We have had brides wear their jackets and then remove them for pictures.
Can I get dressed at the hangar?
Yes, there is a small space to get dressed at the hangar.
How early do I need to book?
We have people booking a year or more in advance. This way you can guarantee your date and time. If you are flexible with your date and time, we will try our best to make something work if you are booking last minute.
written by Riana Ang-Canning
Ready to take your love to new heights and book a helicopter elopement?
Just fill out our contact form here and we’ll be in touch soon with more information and officiant availability!