Couple Gets Married On Southwest Flight To Las Vegas

Couple Gets Married On Southwest Flight To Las Vegas

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A couple got married on a Southwest Airlines flight a few days ago, and apparently it wasn’t planned.

Why a couple got married on a Southwest Airlines flight

According to the story, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Pam and Jeremy joked that they should hop on a plane and get married in Las Vegas. They both quickly realized that the other wasn’t kidding, so they booked a flight for Sunday, April 24, 2022, on a competing airline.

The couple was scheduled to fly from Oklahoma City (OKC) to Dallas (DFW) to Las Vegas (LAS), and after flying from Oklahoma City to Dallas, they arrived at DFW and found out that their connection was canceled (presumably they were flying American Airlines). While that was bad luck, things got better from there:

  • Another passenger on the canceled Dallas to Las Vegas flight overheard Pam and Jeremy discuss how they could still get to Las Vegas in time for their wedding
  • Chris happened to be an ordained minister, and offered to marry the couple
  • The three went online, and booked the last three seats to Las Vegas on a Southwest Airlines flight
  • They then hurried across town to Dallas Love Field
  • During boarding, the captain noticed Pam’s wedding dress and asked her about it (yep, the couple were traveling in full wedding attire, just for the fun of it, allegedly)
  • Pam joked to the pilot that they should just get married on the plane, and the captain allegedly said “let’s do it”
  • So the crew sprung into action, using toilet paper and streamers as decorations
  • A flight attendant stood in as Pam’s Maid of Honor, a professional photographer happened to be on the flight, and pulled out her camera for official wedding photos, and another passenger passed around an old notebook for fellow passengers to sign with well wishes

Below are some pictures Southwest Airlines shared of the inflight wedding.

Southwest Airlines inflight wedding
Southwest Airlines inflight wedding
Southwest Airlines inflight wedding
Southwest Airlines inflight wedding
Southwest Airlines inflight wedding
Southwest Airlines inflight wedding

What an awesome story!

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of someone getting married inflight. For that matter, roughly a year ago a Southwest Airlines pilot got married inflight. What sets this latest story apart is that it wasn’t planned this way, but rather was an on-the-spot decision.

However, a lot of things had to happen for it to play out this way:

  • Their flight from Dallas to Las Vegas was canceled, causing them to miss their wedding appointment
  • An ordained minister happened to overhear their situation
  • The couple happened to be traveling in their wedding attire
  • There happened to be exactly three seats left on a Southwest flight to Las Vegas, and the minister happened to be onboard with booking that as well
  • The crew happened to suggest that the couple should get married on that flight
  • There happened to be a professional photographer on the Southwest flight

I’m going to take all of this at face value, but suffice it to say that a lot of stars had to align for this to play out the way that it did.

Bottom line

On Sunday, a couple decided to get married onboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas to Las Vegas. The couple was traveling to Las Vegas to get married (which was a spur of the moment decision to begin with), and then several factors combined to make this a reality.

What a story, and all the best to the newlyweds!

What do you make of this Southwest inflight wedding story?

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  1. tuotuo Member

    @Lucky you should add a note for AvGeeks there is even a heart with wings on the "wall".How could any AvGeek find a more lovely place than this?

  2. Karen Guest

    She was flying in THAT dress??! I've seen some weird stuff in airports, but for her own comfort, I can't see her sitting in a SWA seat in a strapless, full skirted dress.

    1. Pamtastic aka…The Bride Guest

      It wasn’t easy…but it was worth it!

      -The Bride

  3. Zach Guest

    So …. In what state was the ordained minister registered in? I mean, was this a legal ceremony at all? The wedding paperwork needs to be filed as having taken place in a jurisdiction. Did they sign the papers on the ground?

    1. Pamtastic…aka “The Bride” Guest

      He was online ordained so it was legal!
      And yes…once we landed we got our certificate and he signed it : )

  4. Morgan Diamond

    SO they flew AA from OKC to DFW and no one (passengers, crew etc) noticed or bat and eyelid the fact they were wearing full wedding attire yet it was straight away noticed on SW??

    1. Jesse Member

      Well, genius, ever heard of a suitcase?

    2. Pamtastic Guest

      Well…we did get a lot of attention in the airports and on our first flight; but NOTHING (obviously) like what the AMAZING SWA did for us!

      Pamtastic, The Bride

    3. Pamtastic aka… The Bride Guest

      Trust me…I had plenty of shoes packed in my suitcase : )

      If we had arrived in Vegas, as originally planned, we had to literally “get to the church on time” so we were not going to have any time to change. So why not wear a wedding dress on a plane? Clearly it worked out for me : )

    4. Pamtastic Guest

      Well…we did get a lot of attention in the airports and on our first flight; but NOTHING (obviously) like what the AMAZING SWA did for us!

      Pamtastic, The Bride

  5. JorgeGeorge Paez Guest

    Americant Airlines.
    Of course!
    Because reasons!

  6. Jesse Member

    It's like the airline equivalent of getting married at Walmart. Trashy with a high chance of divorce and an appearance on COPS.

    1. Pamtastic Guest

      Well Jesse,

      Sorry you feel that way. If you knew me at all, “spontaneous and fun” should be my middle name. Getting married on a SWA flight wasn’t our intent…but the universe had other plans. Had I known you were so upset by our choices, I would’ve invited you to Cabo (hence requiring the fun Vegas wedding for legal reasons) for the BIG wedding with our family and friends.

      Also, don’t watch COPS, I’ve...

      Well Jesse,

      Sorry you feel that way. If you knew me at all, “spontaneous and fun” should be my middle name. Getting married on a SWA flight wasn’t our intent…but the universe had other plans. Had I known you were so upset by our choices, I would’ve invited you to Cabo (hence requiring the fun Vegas wedding for legal reasons) for the BIG wedding with our family and friends.

      Also, don’t watch COPS, I’ve never even been arrested but I have had a couple of speeding tickets; so I’m certain we’ll never be on TV getting arrested. We have been guests on many news outlets and talk shows and have tried to even bring attention to a couple of charities.

      If you want to send us a wedding gift though, I’ll gladly give you our address.

  7. Mike Guest

    For the rest of us, you not flying SWA is more of a reason to pick that airline.
    And congratulations to the happy couple

    1. Pamtastic aka…The Bride Guest

      Thanks!! We feel pretty lucky!

      Pamtastic aka…The Bride

    1. Pamtastic aka…The Bride Guest

      Thanks Deb!

  8. Steven Guest

    Tacky, cheesy, and also extremely cute.

    1. Pamtastic aka…The Bride Guest

      Well… sorry you feel that way! You shoulda been on the flight, everyone had a really fun time! AND they comp’d everyone’s drinks-so technically we had an open bar! : )

  9. George Romey Guest

    Kind of a sweet and cheesy all in one. I guess it beats getting married in an all night Las Vegas chapel.

  10. TravelinWilly Diamond

    Wedding on a plane.

    Cute.

    Wonder where their divorce will be held.

    1. Pamtastic aka The Bride Guest

      Hobbs…clearly you’re a real fun-sucker at events; glad you weren’t on our flight b/c we ALL had a LOT of fun!

    2. Pamtastic aka The Bride Guest

      Oh Willy…
      Sorry to hear you feel that way!

      I tell you what, send me your address and I’ll send YOU an anniversary card every year : )

  11. 'murican Guest

    This story, these pictures, all I can say is 'Murica!

    1. Pamtastic aka The Bride Guest

      I agree!

  12. Sel, D. Guest

    Cute story but if someone was looking to rest or wanted a normal flight this could be quite a nuisance. For example, I wouldn’t want to go to a restaurant that was having a stranger’s wedding with announcements over a loudspeaker.

    1. Pamtastic aka The Bride Guest

      Well Sel…

      We didn’t seem to experience anybody that was bothered-in fact, if you could’ve seen all the passengers faces (as I did) walking from the back of the plane to the front-you’d still be smiling : )

      Guess it’s a good thing you weren’t on our flight; the universe made a very fun memory for us and it appears it avoided a nuisance for too! Win-Win!

  13. Donna Diamond

    Sweet story! Wonderful they didn’t have to wear masks for the occasion!

  14. derek Guest

    I wouldn't want to be married on a flight because there is no marking of the spot. Better to be married on the plane parked at an airport.

  15. Sir Digby Chicken Caesar Guest

    This seems a lot more fun and enjoyable for the other passengers than the other recent story about people “praising Jesus” on a plane with a guitar. But is it really that different?

  16. Steve Diamond

    "Their flight from Dallas to Las Vegas was canceled, causing them to miss their wedding appointment"

    Ahh why not just get married the next day or at a different Vegas chapel, or is there only one place in Vegas to get married and you have to make an appointment months in advance haha.

    1. Pamtastic aka The Bride Guest

      Well Steve…
      We wanted it to be on a specific date…not the next day. ‍♀️ Or I would’ve made those specific plans and worn a wedding dress in three different airports!

  17. pbmchenry Member

    Cute story, but I call BS, in large part because even if they did have a ceremony, it is unlikely that they actually got married. To be legal they would have had to have known they were going to be married in the air and have gotten a license from whatever jurisdiction whose airspace they were getting married in. Since there is a 72-hour waiting period between licensing and marrying in Texas, even if they...

    Cute story, but I call BS, in large part because even if they did have a ceremony, it is unlikely that they actually got married. To be legal they would have had to have known they were going to be married in the air and have gotten a license from whatever jurisdiction whose airspace they were getting married in. Since there is a 72-hour waiting period between licensing and marrying in Texas, even if they got the license in Dallas they wouldn't have been able to use it.

    1. Pamtastic aka The Bride Guest

      Well I guess I “recall” your BS. We had a plan and things scheduled but Mother Nature just got in the way-so we made some adjustments and with the help of many stars aligning, we got a wedding story that is still even a tad hard for us to believe!

      If you’re really concerned in the legalities of my marriage: we got the license once we landed (the courthouse was open), but the chapel (where...

      Well I guess I “recall” your BS. We had a plan and things scheduled but Mother Nature just got in the way-so we made some adjustments and with the help of many stars aligning, we got a wedding story that is still even a tad hard for us to believe!

      If you’re really concerned in the legalities of my marriage: we got the license once we landed (the courthouse was open), but the chapel (where we had a scheduled appointment) was closed-but since we found our amazing ordained minister in the Dallas airport, he was able to legally sign the certificate since he indeed, did perform the ceremony (I’ve got the exact coordinates, if you’re interested.)

      Hope you can now rest easier with this info.

  18. JetSetGo Guest

    awwww, how adorable. It's much more pleasant to read things like this than fights on airplanes. Social media companies please take note: Promote cute stories like this NOT stories cause outrage! So sick of them!

    1. Pamtastic The Bride Guest

      Yes! That’s our hope too!

  19. Never In Doubt Guest

    Cute story.

    In before all the people complaining about how terrible it would have been to be on that flight.

  20. Mark F Guest

    Very cute. The most fun I have ever had in economy was on a Christmas Eve flight to Las Vegas on Southwest. The attitude was, its Christmas Eve, we are going to Vegas, so lets party!

    When things are good, Southwest can be a fun airline to fly.

    1. Pamtastic The Bride Guest

      We agree!!! 100%!!!

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Mike Guest

For the rest of us, you not flying SWA is more of a reason to pick that airline. And congratulations to the happy couple

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TravelinWilly Diamond

Wedding on a plane. Cute. Wonder where their divorce will be held.

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'murican Guest

This story, these pictures, all I can say is 'Murica!

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