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5 Secrets To Pull Off The Perfect Engagement With A Hot Air Balloon


Coming up with a unique and special way to ask your significant other to marry you? Consider asking her to marry you during a beautiful sunset hot air balloon flight. Here are the 5 secrets to pulling off the perfect hot air balloon engagement flight.

1. Selecting A Private Hot Air Balloon Ride vs. Shared Hot Air Balloon Flight

Although it may be cheaper to choose a shared hot air balloon experience, most couples choose to book a private hot air balloon flight. Private balloon flights allow you to capture the special moment with a GoPro without having random people in your video. Private flights cost anywhere from $1000 - $1500, whereas shared flights cost $200 - $300 per person depending on the balloon company.

2. Ask the hot air balloon pilot to help you pick the moment you should ask.

The pilot will know the direction of flight, and can help you pick a great spot to ask. Our special location, resides directly over the Green River or Lake Tapps, with Mt. Rainier in full view. Once the hot air balloon arrives at the spot, the pilot can let you know it’s time by a code word. We typically say “Right on the other side of these trees is the most beautiful spot we fly over.”

3. Timing your speech

In your head, you’ve been going over the perfect way to tell her why you want to spend the rest of your life with her. We’ve had both short and very long speeches. Remember the pilot still has to fly the hot air balloon, and the burner will interrupt your flow. Our pilots do their best to give a signal before squeezing the trigger.

Best time to finally ask the question?

Get down on one knee right after a long burn. You want to make sure you hear her when she says “Yes!”.

4. Have family and friends meet you at the landing site

If you’d like to have your family and friends involved, invite them along. They can follow the crew vehicle during the flight, and greet you at the landing field for a champagne toast.

5. Ask the hot air balloon company if they do anything special for engagements

Some hot air balloon companies provide special wine or champagne. At Seattle Ballooning, we love being part of engagements and do our best to make it perfect. Our launch location is just 25 minutes South of Seattle in Auburn Washington. To help make your engagement perfect, we often bring fresh cut flowers from our property, along with organic raspberries and strawberries from our garden. If you’d like to take the experience to the next level, we are happy to arrange to have drone capture the flight or a limousine to meet you upon landing.

Well, now all you need is that ring!