Over the years, many couples have been rejecting the idea of having a big wedding. Instead, they opt for an elopement destination, usually somewhere away from their homes, where they can enjoy a private, romantic atmosphere with maybe a few friends and family.
Why should you elope?
There are a couple of justified reasons why a couple should give up on the idea of a big wedding and find another destination for a private ceremony.
First of all, there are people who are simply not a “wedding person”. Unlike most of the others who know exactly how their wedding will look like, these people don’t enjoy throwing parties and they aren’t good at planning them. And what’s more important, they hate when the spotlight is on them.
To put it simply – they find the process of organizing and going through the wedding stressful. It’s just too much to think about – the caterer, a DJ, transportation.
Next, weddings are expensive – there’s that. Even if it’s an average-sized ceremony, you will still end up spending around $30,000. Of course, there are cheaper options – believe it or not, beautiful beach weddings with about 20 guests are more than affordable.
And what’s worse about big weddings, even though you spend all that money, there will still be guests who will find something to complain about, whether it’s the food, the music or the flowers.
And lastly, there are just too many rules to follow. It’s not going to be just a day that belongs to the bride and the groom – everybody will want to give their piece of mind and tell you , even though all of them have different views. You would have to be prepared to explain every wedding decision that you make, especially if you are a non-traditionalist.
So, here are a few elopement destinations where you could get what you really want of your wedding:
This region is a truly historic place, filled with gardens and providing breathtaking scenery. Tasmania is also famous for its gourmet food, quality wines, and cheese, while the accommodation is affordable for anybody – you can choose between a 5-star hotel and B&B accommodation,
2. Yallingup Beach, WA
If you enjoy snorkeling and swimming in a protected lagoon, this could be the place for you. This beautiful beach will provide you with stunning photos of cliffs, and you can even try out surfing after the ceremony!
3. Hunter Valley
Not too far away from Sidney, this romantic spot has a long list of things to be done on an elopement wedding – you could , enjoy fine dining and local food and wine or visit art galleries. Accommodation venues for newly-weds are all around, so you will definitely find something for you.
4. Byron Bay Beaches, NSW
Why not have an , close to the big city lights, but enjoying the white sand and romantic privacy? Beach weddings are actually cheap, without losing any of the elegance and romance. There are a historic lighthouse and a perfect spot for whale-watching.
You only need to choose the beach – it can be the Main Beach or Tallows Beach, both providing plenty of parking space and privacy. Of course, there are alternative venues there in case of a bad weather.
5. The Whitsunday Islands
Elopement weddings are perfect for couples who don’t enjoy a lot of fuss and planning, but still want to have a romantic, memorable day in nature or by the ocean. It’s simple, cheap and intimate – what more do you need?
Lena Hemsworth is a lifestyle blogger, foodie, and lover of a good book. She’s an everlasting enthusiast who believes that there is nothing better than starting your day with a hot cup of coffee.