Let's Talk Eloping
My goal is that once you have read through this page you will know if eloping is for you and you should be super excited to start your elopement process. I have spent the last three years researching elopements, why people elope, the real meanings behind choosing to steer away from a large "traditional" weddings and I can't wait to help you have a better understanding. Remember - your marriage is only about two people, you and your partner. You're the ones making this commitment, so YOU are the ones that need to make the decisions about your wedding day and who is involved. Let's do this.
First Up, What is Eloping?
Eloping is an alternative way for you too commit to your partner in a thrilling, intimate and unique setting.
Each elopement is different and can vary from literally just you and your partner (with an officiant), to a small intimate elopement with up to 10 family and friends - any more than this is not an elopement. I'll go into a little more depth into the different types of elopements below.
Just you and your partner: Every marriage requires two witnesses to sign your marriage documents and make everything legal. But don't panic! That person just needs to be over 18, Alex and I can witness your certificate so you really don't need to have anyone there. It would just be you, your partner, your celebrant, Alex & I and we sure know how to keep an elopement secret!
You, your partner & a few guests: Eloping doesn't necessarily mean completely surprising everyone, you can invite a few of your nearest and dearest, include your children or even just have your parents there to celebrate your elopement (no more than a few guests otherwise it becomes an intimate ceremony - not an elopement).
"Because there are a thousand ways to immortilise your marriage, that mythical knot tying of two people, destined to be together"
Where to Elope?
Anywhere. On top of a snowy mountain, a music festival, a national park, your family farm, in another country, somewhere extremely random like that waterfall you went too on a hike one day, or the park you met your soul mate at. You can elope anywhere in the world - if you are an Australian citizen, you must abide by some legal laws in Australia that state you need to lodge an intent to marry a minimum of 30 days prior to your marriage, so basically, you can jet off anywhere to elope, say your personal vows, get some wicked ass photography and film of your epic elopement but you need to do all the legal stuff in your home country to make it all official and stuff. Check the laws in your country if you are unsure! Don't let the legalities of it all stress you! We have a handful of amazing celebrants that take care of all that side for you when you book with us, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the planning of your elopement!
When too Elope?
For our elopement package we recommend weekdays, so Monday – Thursday. Some locations we recommend usually have less people during the week, as opposed to weekends which usually have tourists and visitors, especially in the warmer months! Planning a weekday elopement is best for more privacy and to make the most of the scenery! This of course is only a suggestion, you can get married whenever you like! As for ceremony times - the light is best 1-2 hours before sunset. I suggest planning the ceremony somewhere between 2-3 hours before sunset, so we have enough time for photos afterwards, just in time for golden hour! Later in the day can also be cooler, which is ideal in summer months. Another option, is waking up before everyone else does and elope at sunrise. It can a magical experience as you two would be the only ones around most likely. Of course it completely depends on the location you want to elope and how many locations we want to take your portraits at so times definitely can vary!!
Telling family and friends.
This is one you are probably most nervous about. Ok so here it is - yes eloping is going to annoy some people and people may feel hurt to not be a part of your marriage ceremony. Some couples choose too keep their elopement a complete secret from everyone and reveal their elopement after it has happened, others like to involve a very exclusive amount of people that they just can't bare to celebrate without. You need to decide which option works best for you and your partner. Have a read of my blog dedicated to telling your family and friends: Eloping! Don't Panic - it will be coming out shortly!
Eloping with Folktales
Our elopement package includes a photographer, videographer and celebrant to do all of the legal stuff. You get some epic images, a cinematic short film and get to spend the day with Alex & I.
In Perth our elopement package is $4000, If you are getting married in the Wheatbelt, Down South or basically anywhere within reasonable driving distance of Perth - our elopement package is $4400 (inc. GST). This includes a photographer, videographer & celebrant.
If you are a crazy jet-setter and want to get married on top of a mountain in New Zealand, or somewhere cool as chips that requires flights and a cute sleepover, it will cost a little more, but not tooo much more, because ANY excuse to travel in our eyes! We are even happy to share your Air BnB or book the same hotel to save costs! Plus, we can have a few cheeky beverages and totally get excited for your elopement together (can't promise that you will be as excited as me!!) message me so we can tailor a package that suits you!
We are here to guide you through the whole process, be your unofficial bridal party, send us your dress options, cake options, flowers! We are here to make your elopement everything you could possibly dream of, after that, we rock up to your elopement, take some wicked images and video, then we go off on your photoshoot capturing you and your partner in all your married glory. We also bring our drone mavis. along. We can't wait to be a part of your elopement journey! I hope this page has given you a little more insight into the wonders of eloping. If you have any questions please contact me, I am here to help you with this entire process! If you are ready to pull the trigger and start planning your elopement hit the below button!