At Sunshine Coast Small Weddings, we just love the idea of eloping. The notion of sacking off the guest list, the budget spreadsheet, the logistics, and jetting off somewhere exciting to say your vows, just the two of you!

I mean, what a story for your children to tell! But even if you’re opting for a no-frills wedding, planning your elopement still deserves a little thought. You need to figure out where to do it, what to wear (important!), how to make it special, and what to do afterwards, while handling all the emotions that come with it. And, of course, you’ve got to make a plan for telling your parents and pals.┬áThat’s why we’ve put together a little guide on how to elope – the must-dos, and the most definitely don’ts!

1. Break the traditional rules, but do it for the right reasons!

Eloping can be something of a statement in itself, so if you’re planning to get married without your friends and family by your side, make sure it’s something you really want, and that you’re doing it right reasons. Saving money, avoiding fuss, keeping things intimate and personal, or avoiding family drama, are all completely valid reasons to elope – just make sure you’ve thought a lot about your decision, and it’s what you both want.

2.Do Have a Reveal Plan

You might want to throw a big party when you get back to your home, and let all your pals know you’ve eloped, you may want to send out announcement cards (we have some gorgeous printed cards on offer!), or perhaps you want to quietly tell your nearest and dearest about your good news and leave it at that.

However you let people know about your elopement, make a plan. When it comes to parents, siblings and close friends, it’s important that they hear the news from you, ideally in person, and not through the grapevine or worse, on Facebook! Have a bit of a script ready to go – as I said, you don’t need to explain yourself, but you both need to be on the same page when it comes to letting friends and family in on your big surprise.

3. Do Make It Special

Just because you don’t have 120 guests to wine, dine and entertain doesn’t mean your elopement shouldn’t be special. Whether it’s writing personalised vows, splashing out on a fancy car (Maybe Birti the Bently?), eating wedding cake for breakfast, or going to a fancy restaurant for dinner, do whatever it is that will make your wedding day feel special and truly memorable. The best thing about eloping is that you can do whatever you want, so make sure you do! At Sunshine Coast Small Weddings, we let you have the freedom to decide what you want to do! You are not locked into a certain accommodation or restaurant – let’s make it about you and what YOU want!

4. Do Rock Something Gorgeous

It doesn’t have to be white or formal. It doesn’t have to be a dress or a suit. And it certainly doesn’t have to be “wedding appropriate”. But do make sure you wear something special to you on your wedding day, whether it’s a casual wedding dress, your granny’s pearl necklace, your favourite linen shirt – or indeed full formal wedding day attire. Have some fun with your look and make sure you feel incredible on your wedding day, even if you’re only dressing up for yourself and your other half.

5. Keep it short and sweet or treat yourself to an extra hour for a photo shoot!

The Sunshine Coast is Queensland’s top wedding destination. Where ever you decide to elope or have your small weddings, you are only a hop skip and jump away from a beautiful photo spot. Sunshine Coast Small Weddings offer additional time to sneak away after your ceremony and get some beautiful photography. We promise not to take 2 or more hours for this, we can get this done for you so you are back celebrating dinner together in no time!

Some of our favourite spots for wedding photos are around Maleny, Noosa, Mooloolaba, Point Cartwright, Alex Headlands, Caloundra (Happy Valley) and Coolum!