Head for the Hills!
Head for the Hills!
Elopement used to be something done in secret – it means, literally, to escape from one’s place of residence with no intention of returning. More recently it used to mean a couple heading off in secret to get married, usually somewhere where marriage laws were more relaxed.
Nowadays, it’s more of a fun lifestyle choice than anything else and many couples choose to elope to escape the huge organisational and logistical hoo-hah around the average wedding.
Of course if you’re going to elope, you should do it in style and maybe even bring a few friends and relatives with you (flouting tradition somewhat…). Heading off to a gorgeous part of the country is always a good start, which is why the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a popular destination for wedding parties big and small.
Say it loud, you’re eloping and proud!
So, now you’ve established that you don’t need to sneak off on your own to get married (unless you both want to), you can be quite open and above board about your honourable intentions. You don’t need to worry about bringing a few people along for the ride, either, because there are many elopement packages available – some just for couples and some for up to 20 guests.
Typically an elopement package includes a 15-minute ceremony, although this can be extended if necessary, as well as flowers, photos, catering (anything from a luxury picnic to more elaborate dining) and hair and makeover for the bride. Then you and your beloved, as well as any guests you may have with you, can relax in the grounds of your venue for a couple of hours to enjoy drinks, nibbles and a happy atmosphere.
Elopements tend to happen during the week, but if you’re dead set on a weekend ceremony, it can be arranged, usually at extra cost.
Although you’re eloping, you still need to get married legally – make sure you and your intended have all your documents to hand, as otherwise, you won’t be legally wed!
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