‘It’s very satisfying as a wedding planner to help turn people’s wedding dreams into reality. In the early years, I was surprised by how many people chose to elope to Noosa or alternatively have a very intimate destination wedding here. But I’ve come to really enjoy these weddings which are so personal and so meaningful to the bride and groom who need only to think of each other and the vows they want to make rather than having to worry about large numbers of guests.
Some clients choose to elope because they want to come back to a place they’ve loved on a previous visit to make their vows and their family and friends aren’t in a position to travel sometimes to the other side of the world. Others start to plan a conventional wedding but become frustrated by the process of trying to find agreement with the families on guest lists, costs etc. Yet others tell stories of being put off by a sibling’s wedding which was spoiled by awkwardness and even bickering between recently separated and repartnered parents. So they elope and this way they know that they can marry the way they want without fear of unwelcome side issues.
From the parents’ viewpoint, it’s sad that they’re not going to be there on their offspring’s wedding day so we recommend that the ceremony is videographed and of course lots of photos are taken by a good professional photographer to record forever the bride and groom’s happiness on their wedding day. On their return home, the bride and groom organise a party for their families and friends to congratulate them and view the ceremony video and photos.
One very clever couple I met some years ago had gone into one of those photo booths in Melbourne armed with three signs – WE – HAVE – ELOPED – so they could take three photos of themselves with the individual words. They then arranged the photos one above the other to be printed in a bookmark type format with the photos on the front and the party invitation details on the back. A trusted friend and workmate was then left with the bundle of stamped addressed envelopes to put in the mail on the Monday after the wedding.
‘Trusted’ is the operative word here. It’s really best to tell absolutely no-one of your elopement plans, human nature being what it is. Most people are not very good at keeping secrets and you just never know what well meaning person might tell the very person you’ve decided to elope in order to escape having your wedding hijacked by. I’ve actually seen what was supposed to be an elopement wedding taken over by parentzillas in hot pursuit. So sad!‘
To make it even easier for a couple to plan their Noosa elopement wedding, we have a draft Elopement to Noosa Wedding Package on our website www.noosaweddingring.com and our award winning Wedding Planner Glenda McCallum would be more than happy to adapt this draft to your requirements. It’s excellent value for money.
Noosa Wedding Ring’s Diana Playford says ‘Your Wedding Budget can be as individual as you are but it’s vital that you establish the upper limit early so you can plan in terms of this.
In order to arrive at your budget limit, you need to find out who’s contributing to the kitty and then get estimates of costs. In the past, it was customary for the bride’s parents to pick up most of the tab for a wedding but these days there are all sorts of budget models – Both sets of parents split the costs, the couple and each set of parents cover the costs of ‘their’ guests (This works wonders in keeping down the guest list) or, in many cases, the bride and groom opt for a smaller, more personalised wedding (Even an elopement!) and pay the costs themselves.‘
It’s important that everyone feels a part of things so, having agreed on who’s contributing to your budget, you next need to prioritise – Have each contributing party make a written list of their top 2 or 3 priorities which you need to keep in mind in planning your wedding. You should file these lists away against the day when you need to juggle your wedding expenditure ideas to fit the budget.
During the planning process, you need to remember that, while a wedding is a very special occasion, it shouldn’t send either you or your parents into long term debt and it certainly shouldn’t cruel your chances of owning your own home. If your initial wedding plans can’t be realised within the agreed budget, you then need to trim the budget. Perhaps you could:
Reduce the guest list as the per head costs will be your greatest expense. A destination wedding in Noosa, for example, often makes it easier to reduce guest numbers;
Schedule your wedding on a Sunday or a weekday when costs are lower especially for reception venues;
Schedule your ceremony earlier in the day as a lunch or even brunch reception costs less per head and guests will drink less then too;
Plan to follow the bridalwear sales to purchase your wedding gown there as these sales can save you a lot of money;
Be more restrained in your choice of attendants. Each additional bridesmaid/groomsman couple adds considerably to the flower, hair, makeup and perhaps transportation costs;
Wedding packages are often more cost effective than one off plans.
You’ll find that having the priority lists written in advance will have made the cost cutting process much less emotional for all concerned.
So now you have a wedding plan with an estimate of what each item of wedding expenditure will cost and you’re ready to set up an Excel spreadsheet or its paper equivalent to monitor expenditure as you go along and help you stay within your budget. On the other hand, you can save yourself all this trouble by having our professional Wedding Planner do the job for you.
Happy planning! Noosa is not only a beautiful place to make your vows to each other but also an especially memorable wedding experience for your guests’.