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Eloping Australia

Plan your dream elopement


Eloping all started for us many years ago when we tried to plan our own dream elopement in Australia.

It was so hard to find information and to actually find a venue that would cater to a small intimate wedding. Most places only wanted to do big traditional weddings or they gave us crazy minimum spends. Eventually we found our location and we had an awesome little elopement with our parents and a few friends.


So my aim with this website is to show to everyone just how awesome elopements are, showcase what is possible and also show beautiful and intimate elopement photography. There will also be plenty of elopement articles, tips and advice for couples looking to elope.

An elopement is all about the two of you and your relationship with each other.

Leave all the stress and anxiety associated with a wedding behind you and just elope.

Why wait one or even two years to get married? Start your new life together sooner rather than later.

Ultimate Guide on how to elope in Australia

This guide will give you all the information you need on how to elope in Australia and also how to have an amazing elopement in Australia. Eloping is so much more than just listening to someone talk about marriage and signing some papers. We want you to have the best elopement experience possible. This guide will help you work out where you want to elope to, how to plan it, how to organise it, and also how to have an amazing experience that most people would never even have thought of.

100 of the Most Breathtaking Places to Elope in Australia

This is the most comprehensive guide on the most amazing places you can elope to in Australia.

With this guide I want to show you what can be possible with your elopement. And they are a wedding photographers bucket list of locations in Australia I want to shoot at.

There are tropical rainforest & waterfalls, mountain top lookouts, red deserts, epic gorges & luxury resorts.


Wedding Planning during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Planning a wedding is stressful... planning a wedding during COVID-19 must be an absolute nightmare! I have preached the benefits of eloping long before anyone heard of COVID-19. I have been in the wedding industry for over twelve years and here are some of my thoughts.


This horrible disease is not going away any time soon. This might be the new normal for a very long time. Until there is a vaccine, there will be continued outbreaks in Australia and social distancing will remain in place for Aussies for a very long time.


Advice for Engaged Couples

Downsize your wedding - You have to. There are so many benefits to downsizing your wedding and they have nothing to do with this virus. Downsize your wedding to just your very closest family and friends. You don't need all those +1's at your wedding. You should never be introduced to people at your own wedding. And you don't need those long lost family members. By downsizing your numbers, you will spend more quality time with the most important people in your life. Get your numbers down to 40 people or less of just your 'core' people.


Get married now - Don't postpone your marriage another year or two. Start your new life sooner rather than later. You have to change your perception of what is important to you. Don't put your life and your relationship on hold just because you want to have a huge party. You can still get married and you can get married in as little as 30 days. Elope to a beautiful location in your city or state with your very closest family and friends.

Advice for Engaged Venues and Vendors

These are tough times for everyone in the wedding industry and wedding venues have large overheads and risk going out of business if things don't return to normal quickly. Things may not change quickly... so change your business model

Cater to elopements and small weddings - I started this website because it was so hard to find places that cater to elopements and small weddings. You can still make money with smaller weddings and elopements. People who elope don't necessarily want everything really cheap. Most still want a stunning elopement and they are willing to pay good money for quality. They don't want and now can't even have a big wedding.


Minimum Spends - To keep your business profitable, work out the minimum amount a couple needs to spend to have their elopement at your venue. It could be $1,000 it could be $5,000. Couples will get the very of what you have to offer (food, wine, styling, accommodation etc) and you will still have a profitable business.


Mid-week Elopements - If you are worried about loosing too much money with smaller weddings, offer elopements mid-week only. You will get extra revenue mid-week and it keeps your weekends free to larger events.


Reimagine your space - Reimagine and reinvent your space for an elopement. Even a large space if style correctly can still feel intimate and look beautiful

Find awesome venues & vendors for your elopement or small wedding.


(couple with 20 guests or less)

An elopement is when you get married with a very small number of guests, in a beautiful location, where the ceremony and the day is all about the two of you.


The number of guests is really up for debate, but we see elopements as around 20 guests. Because of the small size, you are often able to take advantage of free locations for your ceremony. National Parks, Council run parks and beaches, State Forests and Nature Reserves are all free options.

Small or Micro Weddings

(couple with 40 guests or less)

Small or micro weddings are similar to elopements but the guest count is increased. You can still get married in a beautiful location, but the day becomes less about just the two of you and more about celebrating with your close family and friends. But a small or micro wedding is a great way to really connect to your closest people.


The larger size ceremony also means you will need to pay for and apply for a permit at National Parks, State Forests and Council parks and beaches.

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Eloping Australia

We are so glad you found us at Eloping Australia. You probably found us because you are getting married and are thinking that maybe you should elope or have a small intimate wedding? Well, I am here to tell you that elopements are absolutely amazing and more people should be doing them.

There are absolutely no rules to what you should do when you get married. The most important thing is that your elopement or small wedding is truly a reflection of who you are as a couple. That’s it!

If you guys just want an intimate back yard wedding with just your parents… then that is perfect. Want to dress in shorts and a mini skirt… go for it! If you want your dogs as your bridal party… awesome! You want a dress that shows your tattoos… great… want to get matching tattoos on your wedding day… even better!! There are no rules.

The main header images on this page have been photographed by Australian Elopement Photographer – Cavanagh Photography.

If you are new to the whole concept of eloping, then check out some of our eloping essential articles to get you started.

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Our Definition of Elopements

“An elopement is to get married with a small number of guests, in a beautiful location, where the ceremony and the day is all about the two of you." -