Getting married in the air requires planning!
Updated: Apr 14, 2019
In 1912, one of the first airplane weddings on record—between an actress named Leona Cowan and a salesman Neal Cochran—took place on a Wright biplane at an aviation field near Los Angeles. Through the 1930s, when air travel was new, people sought out in-flight ceremonies for the novelty factor, with brides and grooms bringing reverends aboard planes and dressed up for the occasion. Fast forward almost a century and an airport in Gloucestershire, England has even acquired the legal rights to perform wedding ceremonies (and has an unfurnished Boeing 747 that can be decked out for the aviation-themed reception of your dreams).
So whilst in-flight nuptials make headlines every now and then these days, its important to realise that that pulling off a successful ceremony is not as difficult as some people think.
Choose just one state
Whilst the flight that you get married on could potentially be taking you interstate, its best if you make sure the wedding occurs just in one state. This will ensure all the legal aspects are covered off with the correct state authority and there are no issues with the legality of your wedding..
Add your own celebrant and photographer
Whilst it is certainly possible for Airside Events to provide everything you need on the day, many people are more comfortable with their own celebrant and photographer. Remembering that space may be limited on the aircraft (depending on which plane you choose to be married in), you can bring your own celebrant and photographer, as long as they are comfortable flying in a small twin engine aircraft (or whichever aircraft you choose.)
Make sure you do all the legals beforehand
Ensuring you have met all the legal requirements before you climb on board, and making sure you have the requisite two witnesses are probably the most important aspects of your wedding flight. Work with your celebrant to ensure you know exactly what you need to do and who needs to be on board. We will take care of the rest!