HOW IT WORKS
Booking your elopement is simple directly via our website with only a $275 non refundable deposit including GST required to secure your date and get the ball rolling. Our elopements are the simplest way to organise a wedding with minimal time needed on your end. We help you through the entire process which starts with selecting from one of our local celebrants. They then get in touch with you and organise the ceremony and legal side with you directly.
You must meet with your celebrant at least 1 month out from the day to fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage paperwork. Your celebrant will also get to know you both and discuss your vows and other details of the ceremony. We also suggest visiting the location at the same time as meeting the celebrant. If you happen to live far away this meeting can be done over zoom though.
We handle everything on the day so you just need to get yourself there and organise your outfits and rings. Every elopement gets a floral backdrop for your ceremony thanks to our friends at Thirty3 Events. We set this up away from the picnic setup but at the same location. We hold our elopements on the same property as the iconic Leuralla Amphitheatre and have a fully private location with stunning views of the Jamison Valley and back of the 3 sisters.
As soon as you’ve booked in we can provide a video explaining the location in detail however as it is private property you’re unable to view the location prior to your special day. The ceremony also has standing room only however if this is difficult for anyone such as elderly guests you’re welcome to bring your own chair or similar for them. There is a small seat at the location also.
We set everything up and leave prior to the ceremony starting with only our celebrant and professional photographer staying during the elopement. Once the ceremony is completed and you have had photos with any guests both the celebrant and photographer leave so you can enjoy the picnic side with your guests. You’re more than welcome to bring anyone you would like but we do have a 15 guest capacity. PLEASE NOTE: You’re also unable to utilise the amphitheatre for an elopement booking as it incurs significantly higher venue hire fees and is only available as part of the Micro Wedding package.
We provide our normal picnic setup which has been designed around couples however we don’t setup more equipment, tables, chairs or similar to accommodate seating for all guests post ceremony. (Remember this is an elopement not a wedding!) The bride and groom will be able to sit down and enjoy the picnic setup if they wish but we find most people stay standing while mingling with their guests. There are plenty of spots to sit and guests can sit on the pillows from the setup. We can supply enough food or drinks to accommodate all guests and work this out on a case by case basis for each elopement. We can also organise catering on request.
The duration of the elopement is 2 hours from the start of the ceremony to the finish of the picnic. As we do back to back bookings at multiple locations we do need to be firm with the start/finish times if this is the case but are happy to be a bit more flexible if we’re able. However we do find 2 hours is the perfect amount of time for our picnics. We’re also happy to accommodate any special requests or specific types of food or alcohol you would like. We can also do elopements on a week day for an additional fee of $500 + GST to accommodate the extra time needed for a one off booking however we can be more flexible in start time and duration during the week.
We can also give you great suggestions for restaurants, accommodation, bush walks and more which we’ve actually experienced for ourselves. Most people go for dinner after the ceremony either up here or back in their own local area. We provide your photos within 72 hours of the ceremony via a Google Drive link but normally sooner than this. The final step is us posting your marriage certificates and getting some feedback.