You’ve found the one who makes your heart sing and your excitement can’t be contained, but you’ve decided to do away with the elaborate wedding and its exorbitant costs and stress. You’re going full steam ahead on your elopement, and have your heart set on a Sunshine Coast Hinterland wedding – and good for you! Whether it’s just the two of you, or with a few of your nearest and dearest by your side, the experience will feel deeply personal in a way it wouldn’t with hundreds of eyes watching your every move.

Congratulations on making the bold choice to buck tradition and create a day that has an emphasis on your marriage, not on the party. Your weekends leading up to this day are free for your own fun and your precious time won’t be booked up trying to lock in that extensive list of wedding suppliers required for a traditional wedding.

Now while you may have managed to turn down the dial on intensity on your wedding planning, an elopement is not without any pre-planning at all. The great news though, your wedding elopement to-do checklist is short and sweet.

There are 4 key things you need to consider before planning your elopement.

Once the legalities and bigger questions are handled, you can get on with the best part of finding your ideal wedding venue, which is the fun part! After all, Las Vegas isn’t the only place where you can have a meaningful and memorable elopement.

Here is your checklist of 5 things you must do before eloping in Australia:

1. Have you signed a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)?

Popular media loves to portray eloping as a crazy, spur of the moment decision. You wake up one day, decide to get married and boom – you’re married! However, that’s not the way it works if you want the marriage to be legal under Australian law.

The Notice of Intended Marriage or NOIM must be completed and lodged by the celebrant who is performing your ceremony at least one calendar month, but not more than 18 months before the wedding. It must also be witnessed. This website lists the requirements for completing the NOIM.  Some of the required documents are listed here for reference:

  • Date and place of birth (only an original Australian birth certificate or passport is accepted)
  • Photo identification (certified by your celebrant/witness)
  • Proof that you’re not already legally married and are free to marry
  • Identification to prove that both the bride and groom are over 18 years old

Beerwah Hideaway’s Intimate Wedding Packages include one of their recommended celebrants, who will guide you through the whole process, and create a beautiful and personal ceremony for the two of you.

2. Who will witness the wedding?

The whole point of eloping in Australia is feeding your desire to privately solemnise your union. You want it to just be you and your love bug. Australian law, however, dictates otherwise. All weddings must have at least 2 witnesses over the age of 18. Therefore, you must carefully consider which close family or friends you’ll want to witness your wedding.

If you really can’t decide or have decided that you don’t want to include anyone else in your day, that is completely fine. Beerwah Hideaway provides two witnesses in their Intimate Wedding Package. The perfect way to protect your plan for a private elopement on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

3. Do you want to invite guests?

If you’re considering an elopement, one of the biggest struggles you may be up against is that your family and friends won’t be part of your wedding day. While it’s true that a traditional elopement is just between the couple who are marrying, if you really want to invite a select group of your nearest and dearest, you can and should!

Keeping it to a maximum of 20 guests helps you to preserve as many advantages of the elopement as possible and keep your costs down. Beerwah Hideaway’s “Us Plus” package is a perfect option for an intimate wedding with 20 of your nearest and dearest!

4. Do you want a photographer?

While of course memories of your elopement will be etched in your heart forever, it helps to preserve the memories in something tangible. A wedding photographer is an essential part of your day, regardless of the style of wedding you have. Beerwah Hideaway’s carefully crafted Intimate Wedding Packages already include one of their highly-recommended photographers to capture your day, so it’s one less thing you have to think about!

5. Have you considered Beerwah Hideaway?

If you are looking for one of the most idyllic places to elope in Australia, then look no further than the stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Nestled amongst the picturesque Glasshouse Mountains is beautiful Beerwah Hideaway. This stunning wedding destination offers both the seclusion and tranquillity of over 2.5 acres of tropical rainforest gardens. If you do ever decide to leave The Hideaway, which guests find hard to do, this picture perfect property is within just 2 minutes of the hinterland township of Beerwah.

The most important part of your wedding day is the moment you say “I do”. Saying these words in one of four wedding ceremony sites, surrounded by the Hideaway’s lush tropical gardens and rainforest creek will feel like a dream come true.

If this sounds amazing to you, and you’d like your elopement to look something like the one featured below, than request a of Beerwah Hideaway’s Intimate Wedding Packages here!

Our top tips for the perfect Sunshine Coast Elopement Experience:

Throw the traditional wedding rules out the window! Invite a handful of people who you love and care about most in the world, find something to wear that makes you feel like a million bucks, take some beautiful photographs to commemorate your day, and lap up every moment with your life partner.