Planning | The Sky’s the Limit

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?

Adventurous couples looking for an out-of-the-ordinary experience for a private proposal or wedding ceremony can take to the skies in a hot air balloon for stunning bird’s-eye views.

Flights typically last about an hour and contain an element of unpredictability. “Who knows where we’ll land?” says Todd Davis, owner of Delmarva Balloon Rides, based in Chester, Md.

The hot air balloon basket accommodates four people—the bride and groom, the officiant, a witness—plus the pilot. Brides should take note that a big, pouffy wedding dress can be a concern due to space issues. Also keep in mind that hot air balloons only take off when conditions are right, so bad weather will require rescheduling.

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But the experience—and the photo opportunities—is likely well worth any uncertainty. Pilots can take the balloon up high where it’s quiet and unforgettably picturesque for popping the question or for the wedding ceremony itself. Flights end with a traditional champagne toast and a ride back to the launch site.

For proposal flights, Daniel T. Kirk, owner of Delaware’s Starship Adventures, says he will unfurl a banner off the side that reads, “She Said Yes.”

How could anyone say no?

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