Your 12 Step Guide on

How To Elope in Australia

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Choose a time of year

Find someone really really ridiculously good looking to marry

Choose a location

First up - WHERE do you want to get married?

This is a huge question, I know, and often a hurdle many couples struggle to get a leg over.

To help you out with choosing the spot for you, I've put together this list of the Top 10 Best Places to Elope in Northern NSW.

Heavily related to location.

What is the climate like?

When is it most likely to rain?

Do you want it to snow?

Do you want to go swimming?

Do you enjoy the sensation of puddles of sweat accumulating under your boobs or running down your back?

Oh wait, you've already done that?

No worries, skip to Step 2

10/10 recommend a post-ceremony dip

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Inform the authorities

Figure out your budget

Find a celebrant

Do you want to keep it to an absolute minimum and do legals only then go home and eat pizza on the couch?

Or are you keen to enjoy the finer things like an exquisite floral installation at your ceremony site followed by a romantic candlelit dinner for two?

Hint: there's no wrong answer

Finding the right celebrant for your elopement is more important than you think. Find someone who you feel comfortable and able to be yourselves around and who will add the right energy to your day.

I have a list of my faves in the Elopement Planning Kit I'll send you after you book in!

They're nosey but they gotta know.

Lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month prior to your elopement.

Unless you have a really good excuse, you can't fasttrack this.

Your celebrant will help you get this paperwork sorted.

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Choose your witnesses

Book your vendors

Make a plan for the day

You need two over 18. They can be people close to you or if you want to keep things super private and secret use your photographer and videographer/musician/other vendor.

Currently dogs cannot be witnesses in Australia but please sign my petition to change this.

What vendors are most important to you. Eloping is about kicking tradition to the curb and doing things exactly the way you want!

Don’t feel like you have to follow any rules. Want flowers? Cake? Nah? Want a live musician and cheese platter? Alpacas and fire twirlers? YES PLEASE

Figure out how you want the day to flow. If you book me as your elopement photographer/planner I will guide you through this and also send you a copy of my Elopement Planning Kit to get you started.

Do you want to get ready together? Go out for dinner? Go hiking or swimming? Get a massage?

He witnessed everything but signed nothing

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Let's do this thing!

Make a weather plan

Choose when and how to tell people

A bit of mild weather never hurt anyone but sometimes you just need a Plan B.

If you’re getting married outside there is always a chance it’s going to rain. And sometimes a little sprinkle is fine. But a downpour calls for shelter. Where is it?

Eloping is an incredible experience but loved ones can sometimes be surprised or feel left out.

Decide whether you'll tell them before or after the day.

How will you reveal it to them?

Is there a way you can incorporate them into the day (e.g. reading letters from them during ceremony)

Remember the hottie from Step 1? Now you get to marry them!

Be in the moment! Enjoy every second. Remember why you eloped and what this day is about (you being sick in love)

It really is that easy

That's your super easy 12 step guide on how to elope in Australia!

If you'd like some inspo for amazing locations to elope, check out my Top 10 Best Places to Elope in Northern NSW


If you're ready to get started and you've found someone really really ridiculously good looking you'd like to elope with, get in touch! Let's make this dream a reality, baby!