The first step is deciding to elope and forgoing the joys of arranging long-lost relatives peaceably around tables. Eloping isn’t for everyone, but for some, there’s endless appeal in taking your vows in a vacation-like setting. And when you choose to elope over planning an elaborate wedding, you’re guaranteed to free yourself from an enormous amount of organisational stress.
Step 2: Determine your budget When you combine a marriage ceremony with a honeymoon location, elopements can be a bargain compared with the cost of conventional weddings. A honeymoon elopement can save money and instead of having to pay for 250 guests to enjoy the wedding buffet you could have the honeymoon of your dreams. If you have an elopement wedding, your guest list will be cut in half – or more. Less people means less food, less drink, less chairs… Also, with a beautiful setting such as a beach or country setting, you will not need to shell out money on decorations like you might otherwise.
Step 3: Facility rental, invitations, expensive dresses & tuxedos for the wedding party are just a few of the expenses one can eliminate by traveling to another location. An elopement wedding and honeymoon costs in the neighbourhood of $5,000. Many hotels offer elope packages or even smaller wedding packages. You could honeymoon at the best hotels, enjoy luxury dining, see the world through a unique perspective, and return home with enough left over to throw a small intimate reception with immediate family & friends. While there are not official statistics on the average cost of an elopement, elopement packages including a hotel for a week, the Celebrant, photographer and album, ceremony site, cake, and musical selection tend to range between $2,000 to $8,000.
Step 4: A Notice of Intended Marriage – must be completed and lodged with the person who is performing the ceremony (proposed celebrant) at least one calendar month, but no more than 18 months, before the preferred date of marriage. The notice form is obtained from the proposed celebrant or can be downloaded from the Attorney General’s site.
Step 5: Choose where to elope and honeymoon There are many wondrous places in Victoria to have a wedding – from a beach wedding to a winery lunch in the Yarra Valley to a country retreat in Warburton. Whether it’s in the registry office in Melbourne or in a charming homestead, getting married in an out-of-town setting can add to the enjoyment of the day and create memories to treasure through the years.
Step 6: Choose your elopement ceremony – details like location, time, Celebrant , vows, rings, dress, flowers, photographer, attendants, music etc. Decide what traditional parts you want at your wedding – do you want to carry a bouquet, do you want father or mother to give you away?
Step 7: Decide if it will be just the two of you eloping or whether you’ll invite your closest friends and family to attend. Figure out when to tell everyone, i.e. will it be a post elopement announcement or a pre elopement one?
Step 8: Once you have returned from your elopement and honeymoon send out announcements to your family and friends to proclaim your good news. Use a favourite picture from your ceremony or honeymoon and break the news on stationary fashioned as an announcement card. Decide if you are going to have a post elopement party with your family and friends that were not present to celebrate your wedding when you return home. Wear your wedding clothes and display pictures of the event and your guests will feel like they were there.