Elope? Traditional Wedding? Small Intimate Ceremony?
Wedding Ceremony Options
Originally the word elope referred to lovers running away together to marry secretly, however eloping these days can be to have a small intimate ceremony with close family and friends. Whatever term used, the result is you’re legally married, provided a registered celebrant performs the ceremony.
Most couples who choose an elopement style of ceremony choose this option for many reasons, they just want a small private, no frills wedding without having to go through the fuss of planning a traditional wedding.
Couples who elope, or choose a small intimate wedding, say they want to save money. The traditional wedding with family, friends, work mates, can cost in the vicinity of $20,000 plus so a small ceremony with two witnesses is a great option to save serious money, better spent on a great honeymoon, maybe even flying first class!
Other reasons are the time saved in planning with the benefit that all important special day can happen much quicker. Family complications can be avoided, divorced parents, different cultures with different expectations, one family may be overseas and it’s not appropriate to have only one family at the wedding.
Not everyone wants a big wedding, shy and introverted people find being the centre of attention stressful. Previously married, the idea of having another big `do’ may be awkward, so that small intimate celebration would be just the answer.
If eloping is the right option for you and your fiance, consider some variations,
- have a ceremony that’s just the two of you, but throw a party afterward,
- invite only your best friends and your parents and have a celebratory meal afterward,
- hire a professional photographer then send out great photos to announce your marriage. See Why you should engage a professional photographer.
When marrying in Australia there needs to be two witnesses, however if you’re planning an elopement, in the original sense of the word a secret affair, then we can arrange those witnesses for you.
At Affordable Waterfront Weddings we supply the venue, with water views, celebrant and a professional AIPP accredited photographer to capture those special memories while making your marriage planning relaxed, easy, cost effective, and without the wait of a traditional wedding. This can all happen in only a month, at a time to suit you – perfect solution to wedding planning stress!
Bye for now. Laurel