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.
All the photography on this website, unless otherwise stated, has 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.
Why We Love Elopements
There are so many reasons for eloping as a couple. Eloping is just plain awesome! Eloping is an exciting experience and a wonderful way of starting your married life. It’s also much more personal and intimate than a large conventional marriage.
Deciding to elope is a very personal choice and couples do it for so many reasons and maybe, if you are on the fence about eloping, have a look through this website and hopefully, I can convince you.
You can get married now!
There is absolutely no reason why you need to wait 12 to 24 months to get married. Wedding planning takes a lot of time and the most popular wedding venues book out so far in advance. But two years is a long time to wait to start your new life together.
If you elope, you can be married in just over a month! That’s right! In a months time, you could be officially married and starting your new life together. What a crazy thought.
Under Australian law, you just need to submit a “Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)” to an authorised celebrant at least one month before your intended date of marriage.
So, in a month or two, you could start your new life together as a couple. Or you could wait one or two years before you commit your lives to each other. Hmmmm, I know which one of them sounds better to me.
Elope to an amazing location
Have your elopement in an incredible location.
You aren’t limited to certain locations like you are with a bigger traditional wedding. You don’t need to organise how to get people to the bottom of a waterfall. Or where a hundred people are going to stay in the middle of nowhere.
You can pretty much elope anywhere. Let your imagination run wild.
Some couples just don’t like weddings.
I know it’s a crazy thought, who doesn’t like weddings? We have spoken to many couples that just dislike the whole pomp and ceremony of a wedding. The traditions are outdated and most people have no idea why they are doing these traditions anyway. They just know that you are supposed to do these things at a wedding.
So ditch the old fashioned traditions and elope. Have your elopement and do it your own way.
Escape from the stress of wedding planning
Wedding planning can be very stressful. And if you have even a slightly nervous personality, or you get anxious really easily, then the wedding will definitely bring out those traits.
You have to find a wedding venue that your parents approve of and that your friends will enjoy. Get the wedding invitations out, inviting all your parent’s friends and long lost family members. Then there is the menu tastings, searching wedding vendors, attire for your eight-member wedding party, gift for your wedding party, get all the dietary requirements, chase ups RSVPs… and so on.
You’re usually doing this with a full-time job. And your weekends are slowly going to be all about this one day for two years. So unless you’re in the business of event planner, or you both really enjoy the process, it can become mentally and emotionally draining.
So if thinking of this stresses you out, then ditch all the stress and just elope.
Elopements are more intimate and personal
The entire day becomes even more about the two of you. The ceremony becomes so much more intimate and personal. You can speak from the heart and not hide emotions. There is no fear of embarrassment if you show your feelings and commit your lives together.
You can really be yourselves.
You also spend way more time together than couples do on their wedding day. At a more traditional wedding, the couple spends the morning apart, sees each other at the ceremony in the afternoon and at the reception they are busy talking and catching up with all their guests. There is very little time for just the two of them.
You don’t have to be the centre of attention
People who elope often don’t like to be the centre of attention. It may be an insane idea to the extroverts, but some people don’t want to be on stage and centre of attention. It doesn’t make them feel good.
An introverted couple can feel ill at the idea of walking down the aisle to a hundred people. The very thought of saying your vows and speaking in public can stress them out. Then there is the speeches and first dance, cake cutting… arrhhh!
Elopements are much much smaller events. It is way more intimate and less intimidating than a traditional wedding. And so much more appealing to some introverts.
Elopements are so much more affordable
Weddings are really expensive.
Let’s do the math on just one item at a wedding. Let’s say 120 people at $200 per head. That’s $24,000 before you have done anything. How often do you buy 120 people a three-course dinner and unlimited drinks? And close to half those people, you won’t even know. They are partners, wives, husbands, second cousins, their children etc
How else could you spend that $24,000 on?
You could put it towards a home deposit, your kids future. Or you could have the most amazing elopement you could ever imagine. You could stay in a $2,000 per night luxury resort, helicopter to a mountain top for your elopement ceremony, hire the most awesome photographer to capture that elopement… of course. Fly down the mountain and land on a beach and have a 10-course degustation menu on the beach for the two of you. With your personal chef and butler. Fairy lights, a string quartet and a roaring fire. Then go back to your luxury villa, having had the most awesome elopement you could image. And you would still probably have money left over for a honeymoon in Paris for a week.
You can escape the politics
Maybe you have the perfect family where everyone agrees with everyone. I know family can be complicated. And planning a big wedding can get really complicated. Friends can be complicated as well and your guest list can get out of control.
Everyone also has an opinion and they will give it to you even if you didn’t ask for it. Where you should have your wedding, what style of dress is best, who you should invite, when you should have it… and so on.
You can cut out a lot of that politics by just eloping. By eloping, you can tell everyone that is it just the two of you. Or the two of you and the parents or even just your immediate family.
Then you can have a dinner reception, party or just a barbecue with everyone when you get back home after the honeymoon.
You can combine your elopement with your honeymoon
Your elopement becomes the first part of your honeymoon. You can elope anywhere. So elope to the destination of your dreams.
Get married at the most amazing location. A location that excites you and inspired you.
Make it the first stop on your honeymoon as you start your new life adventure together.
Australia is a wonderful place for Aussies to elope or for overseas couples to have an elopement. It offers so many unique locations and destinations to choose from. The red dirt of Australia’s outback region, to the crystal clear waters and white sands of Australia’s beaches. There is the lush hinterland wilderness, mountain ranges, sand dunes, caves, waterfalls, snow and desert and is home to some of the natural and modern wonders of the world.
Don’t be fooled, Australia is a huge country. It is the sixth-largest country in the world. It is around the same size as the United States of America and a similar size to western Europe.
If you are looking to elope in Australia, you are really only limited to your imagination. And Eloping Australia, we hope to open up your mind to the unlimited possibilities for your Aussie elopement.