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Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Mile-High Hot Air Balloon Wedding!

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Wedding,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

This Valentine’s Day (2/14/12) I’m going to get very high… with an amazing couple who have decided to have me perform their wedding ceremony in a hot air balloon. This will be my 6th trip skyward. Talk about memorable! The actual wedding ceremony takes place while in flight. This will be a day they will always remember. What a great way to add a special touch to your wedding day to make it adventurous and unique.

What could be more romantic than flying among the clouds and Celebrating Love in hot air balloon?


Candice King & Mike Hansen – Married @ 5:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Your Arizona balloon adventure begins upon arrival at Hot Air Expeditions’ Sonoran desert launch site. You will receive a “pre-flight briefing” where you’ll learn more about the hot air balloon and how it flies, plus other facts you should know to make your Arizona flight as enjoyable as possible.

Once the balloon is inflated, we will climb slowly for the first several minutes of the flight to give you time to “soak up” the views and get accustomed to the flight. Once we’ve reached our “cruising altitude”, I’ll perform my “romantic,” non-denominational wedding ceremony which usually takes about 20 to 25 minutes. You are encouraged to write some of your own “Personal Promises” to read to each other.

You can safely float along at about 5,500 feet without getting into commercial airline air space. You have an unobstructed 360-degree view and can see for miles. The sensation of ballooning is very gentle and it’s calming effect seems to put the world below into perspective. And… since we are in the Valley of the Sun (the Greater Phoenix area) it’s nice to escape to a temperature that can be as much as 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the sunny desert floor.


A “mile-high” wedding toast!

I’ve had some people tell me that they would never go up in a hot air balloon because they are afraid of heights. I can’t get within 10 feet of the short little rock wall that is suppose to protect you from falling into the Grand Canyon, but had no fear exploring the heavens in a hot air balloon. It is truly an exhilarating, fearless, safe, inspiring and “romantic” adventure – to say nothing of it being one of the most FUN things I’ve done!

Sometimes wedding guests will follow the balloon’s chase crew in their own vehicle, so they can be there when the balloon lands and greet the newly married couple.

Often the bride and groom will have two close friends tag along to be witnesses to their ceremony and to sign the marriage license when they land. To save a little on flight fees, sometimes the pilot and one of the ground crew will sub as witnesses.

As a safety precaution is is wise to add string to the ring to prevent the ring from being deep sixed. ūüėČ

You should plan to set aside approximately 3 hours for your entire ballooning experience including meeting, pre-launch set-up and inflation of the balloon, flight, landing, pack-up and the ride back home.

balloonwedding2The ground crew of Hot Air Expeditions, Phoenix always prepares champagne/sparkling cider for a post-wedding toast and a brief snack is also available upon landing.

After landing, some couples will have a Wedding Reception Brunch at another location with family and friends.

Larry’s intimate hot air balloon weddings are tailored towards couples wishing to have a simple, unique and memorable wedding ceremony. He can arrange for a photographer to capture this romantic moment for you to enjoy with your friends after the wedding.

Renewal of Vows Ceremonies are fun too!

Be a true romantic!! Come fly with me! Up, up, and away!

Hot Air Expeditions Loves Larry James too! – “I don’t ‘partner’ with many people. In twenty years, you and Vincents Restaurant are about the only two people I actively promote. I do so with no hesitations knowing the quality of your service. Larry, I look forward to you coming out with us again soon! And, thank you for making booking weddings in the air easy!” – Margie Long, Hot Air Expeditions, Phoenix – Visit their Website for contact information and more details – then call Larry James to check availability before you book the date.

To read the story and view a few photos of one couple who celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary in a hot air balloon, click here.

Bonus Article: Come Fly With Me ‚Äď Hot Air Balloon Wedding Inspiration

Copyright ¬© 2011 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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  1. Do you kind of walk through a door or go over the basket. My wedding dress is long.


    Comment by Jolene — Tuesday, September 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

    • Jolene – There are no doors on hot air balloon baskets. There is always several guys who can help you over the top of the basket. Sometimes the pilot will turn the basket on its side while inflating the balloon which makes it a lot easier to get into the basket. Once the balloon is inflated, the basket becomes upright and it’s… “up, up, and away!” Hot air balloon wedding are fun, exciting, romantic, and memorable. If I can assist you in any way, give me a call on my cell: 480-205-3694.


      Comment by Larry James — Tuesday, September 4, 2012 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

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