17. February 2022

Helicopter Wedding Planning Guide For Your Mountain Elopement (Europe)

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Collage of bride and groom wrapping their arms around each other and the breathtaking mountains; image overlaid with text that reads Helicopter Wedding Planning Guide For Your Mountain Elopement

Weddings are such an exciting time for couples, as they take a monumental step towards committing to one another. However, while most people have big weddings, more and more people are seeing the benefit of more contained weddings and embracing the idea of eloping. This is where the helicopter wedding – the ultimate adventure – comes into play. 

We’re going to talk all about helicopter weddings and break down what you need to know and where you should be going for your special day up in the mountains.

What Are Helicopter Weddings?

A helicopter wedding is an adventure, an experience, where you and your significant other make your wedding more interesting by adding a helicopter to the mix. Most of the time, the helicopter will help you have experiences you otherwise wouldn’t be able to access.

Black and white photo of bride and groom sharing a kiss inside a helicopter during their elopement shoot with Blitzkneisser

You can arrive at the wedding destination in a helicopter, use a helicopter to get to a mountainous area for something genuinely magical, or take a flightseeing tour.  Here at Blitzkneisser Film + Foto, we help couples explore the wonder of mountain ranges in helicopter weddings that are the epitome of intimate freedom.

Where To Go For a Helicopter Wedding

Here are some of our favorite locations for you to consider if you’re planning on doing a helicopter wedding. 

#1 – Swiss Alps

If you’re looking for breathtaking, dramatic, and audacious mountain scenery for your wedding, then the Swiss Alps are calling you. Helicopter tours in Switzerland are easy to find and make the concept of a helicopter wedding extremely possible.

Bride and groom posing next to each other at the Swiss Alps, captured by Divine Day Photography

The Swiss Alps are only one part of the country’s countless areas for stunning scenery for a helicopter wedding. We took some romantic shots of a happy couple at a lake amongst the mountains that show off the beauty of Switzerland. You can also take a look at a wedding we shot at a romantic barn in Davos!

#2 – Austria

The wonderful thing about Austria is that it’s a country home to stunning mountains for as far as the eye can see. There are an insane amount of options for your helicopter wedding, but some of the most popular include Kitzbühel and St. Anton. The only thing to note about choosing a mountain in Austria for a helicopter wedding is the several national parks that create flight restrictions.

We’ve been a part of some incredible weddings in the Tyrolean Mountains, Stubai Alps, Zillertal, and more.

#3 – Dolomites

The Dolomites offer something unique over other locations for helicopter weddings, and that’s their sunrise and sunset tours. Beyond this incredible option, the Dolomites is an exciting mountain range thanks to its unique terrain, craggy spires, and insane views. You’ll be able to land on the mountain, high above the valleys, to enjoy a day of wonder overlooking the countryside.

We captured some beautiful moments from an engagement on the Dolomites, which was such a beautiful way for this couple to start their journey. 

Couple look endearingly at each other while wearing their traditional attire during their engagement on the Dolomites, shot by Blitzkneisser

#4 – Italy

Beyond the Dolomites are a huge variety of options for helicopter tours. One of the most beautiful mountains in Italy resides in the wonderful province of Bolzano: Mt Seceda.

 With dramatic cliffs and incredible views over the valley, the landscape here is absolutely breathtaking. But when it comes to helicopter tours in Italy, this is only the beginning!

#5 – Bavarian Alps

We can’t get enough of the beauty found in the Bavarian Alps, located in Germany. The Bavarian Alps is made up of several mountain ranges in the state of Bavaria. Stunning lakes, u-shaped valleys, glaciers, and more exist in this region influenced by the last ice age.

We had the chance to be a part of an Elopement in Eibsee, a beautiful lake in Germany surrounded by the Zugspitze mountains.

Groom leads the bride along while they hold hands during their elopement shoot at the Bavarian Alps in Germany, photo by BIitzkneisser

Why Have a Helicopter Wedding?

There are many reasons why you should be considering a helicopter wedding. If you’re not planning on having a big tent wedding and want to keep it relatively intimate, then a helicopter wedding can enhance the experience like you won’t believe. 

It offers a chance to put your money towards a more romantic celebration of your wedding, either completely private or with a few selected members of your family and friends.

Different Types of Helicopter Tours

It’s important to note there are a few different types of Helicopter tours:

#1 – Private 

Helicopter weddings are usually achieved by the use of a private charter. There are numerous companies available that offer both flightseeing and private charter flights to accommodate both markets. 

You’ll be able to figure out how long the flight is, how long you have to enjoy the mountain for photos, and where you can go within the designated region.

Bride and groom, with their backs to the camera, riding a helicopter with a view of the Seceda mountain in front of them#2 – Flightseeing

If you want to see the countryside from a whole new perspective, you’ll want to enjoy a flightseeing tour. You can either go as a group or with strangers as the helicopter usually takes between four and five passengers at a time. This isn’t the right choice for helicopter weddings; this is more of a tourist attraction.

#3 – Photography

This is pretty simple: a photography helicopter flight is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a chance to take pictures and videos of the stunning scenery in the various mountains, whether for professional photographers or enthusiastic amateurs.

Our Helicopter Wedding Packages

We’ve crafted three helicopter wedding elopement packages to suit your needs. We work with you to find the perfect location, organize and plan, provide entertainment, stylists, flowers, and of course- take the photos and film. 

Take a look at our packages.

Bride and groom looking at each other endearingly while posing in front of the helicopter, captured by Blitzkneisser

#1 – Basic

€ 3900*

  • Photography (30-50 photos)
  • 2 – 3 hours
  • Flowers
  • Organisation & Planning

#2 – Everything

€ 7900*

  • Photography (100-200 photos)
  • Film (2-4 minutes)
  • 4 – 6 hours
  • getting ready
  • Flowers
  • Backdrop
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Musician
  • Organisation & Planning

#3 – Popular

€ 5900*

  • Photography (50-100 photos)
  • 3 – 4 hours
  • getting ready (opt.)
  • Flowers
  • Hair & Makeup Artist
  • Location
  • Organisation & Planning

*Prices are subject to change based on the chosen location. Blitzkneisser is here to help you find the perfect spot for your helicopter wedding, so don’t hesitate to get in touch! We know all about the available tours in and around Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and beyond. Let us help make your special day, perfect. (the helicopter flight is in addition to the packages – to be calculated depending on flight hours and location)

FAQ

Here are some of the questions we get asked all the time about helicopter weddings.

#1 – When do I need to book?

If you’re going to take control of all the planning, then book 2 – 3 days in advance. On the other hand, if you want help planning your helicopter wedding day, you need to start consulting with your desired planners a month or so in advance to ensure they are available and have adequate time to plan.

#2 – Is there a right time to go?

Early Autumn or Summers, unless you want snow, then consider Winter. Depending on which mountain you choose and in which country, winter might be a difficult time of year to choose. Consult with your chosen service provider as to what they advise.

Black and white photo of bride and groom getting into a helicopter during their elopement photoshoot with Blitzkneisser

#3 – Where should I go?

Consider the country as a whole first and then start looking at what each one has to offer before making a commitment.

Conclusion 

Are you ready to have a truly unique wedding high up in the mountains? An experience like this will make your wedding stand out as an adventure you’ll never forget! With such stunning and dramatic natural beauty, the mountains are the perfect place to proclaim your love for one another in the most romantic way possible. Don’t believe us? See for yourself!

Helicopter weddings allow you to get married above the clouds, high above the world, where for a moment in time, it’s all about you and your partner. So let’s get in touch and start a discussion on how you can make your wedding something genuinely special. 

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