Adventure, Romance, Magic! Reasons To Elope Vs Having A Traditional Wedding

January 3, 2024

Victoria Baker


Elope under the giant karri trees in Pemberton

First of all, congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting step, and a whole new life of love and joy lies ahead of you. We couldn’t be happier for you. We also understand that even though this time is so happy and exciting, there’s still some inevitable stress that comes with getting engaged, not least of which is the fact that you now have an entire wedding to plan! And during that process, you might discover that a traditional wedding isn’t right for you. Like many other couples, you might realise that you’re considering the reasons to elope as an alternative to a traditional wedding.

Why do couples choose to elope? There’s a wide variety of reasons, but there are some benefits that every couple should take into account when making their decision. So if you’re engaged and are now wondering, “Should we elope or have a wedding?” I’ve got you covered! Here are some of the advantages of eloping that might make this option a perfect choice for you.

Morning elopement: Kate & Jordan exchanged their vows in front of their nearest and dearest, before embarking on an adventure deep into the Pemberton karri forest

Elope Vs. Wedding: How To Decide If You Should Elope?

Reduced Price Tag

As you might have noticed, pretty much everything has gotten expensive these days! Interest rates are rising and housing prices are increasing — and they’re not getting lower any time soon. A traditional wedding can cost, on average, between $35,000 and $65,000. 

On the other hand, you can have an amazing elopement for just a fraction of the cost of a traditional wedding. On average, an unforgettable adventure elopement costs about $9,000 to $11,000. That means more money left over for your new life together (and, of course, for you to spend on an epic honeymoon)!

It’s All About You Two! 

One of the most notable benefits of eloping vs. a traditional wedding is that elopements are small, intimate events that honour the two of you, your love, and your journey together. There’s no pressure to invite your entire family or all of the people who might “expect” an invitation to a more traditional wedding celebration.

Our wild elopement packages are designed and custom made specially for the two of you while creating a romantic and adventurous experience to savour together!

Focus On What Truly Matters: The Love You Share

Traditional weddings come with a lot of bells and whistles that can sometimes distract from the whole reason you’re there in the first place: To watch two people celebrate their love and start a life together. One of the best reasons to elope is that it’s much more intimate and focused on the couple. This makes elopements a perfect fit for couples who want a more stripped down ceremony. 

If you’re not a big party person and want a more low-key celebration without trading away any of the emotion and power of the day, an elopement just might be the way to go.

No Stress, No Hassle

Planning a traditional wedding is a high effort and time-consuming undertaking. You need to select a venue, hire a caterer, figure out your music situation, compose an extensive guest list, order invitations, choose floral arrangements, and so much more. Before you know it, planning a traditional wedding can become an all-consuming and daunting task.

An elopement, on the other hand, dispenses with all the most stressful parts of wedding planning. Your wedding venue is the natural beauty of the Southwest Australian wilderness (no reservation required!) and provides an incredibly romantic setting for the two of you. If you like, you could invite a small handful of loved ones, perhaps your parents or your closest group of friends. 

You can still celebrate with some delicious food and a great party if you want, but you’ll have so much more flexibility. Your party can be a nice meal at a great restaurant with just a few of your dearest friends instead of a complicated, coordinated event with tons of guests. Or what about an exquisite fine dining experience at your accommodation. Your elopement is definitely worth this kind of extravagance!

Amazing Locations

A traditional wedding usually needs to be confined to a venue that can accommodate all your guests and meet all the logistical needs of planning a big, complicated event. 

This means that your venue options are limited to places that meet all your requirements and are available for the wedding date you want. Before long, you’ll find yourself with only a few options and might have to settle for your second (or even third) choice. You deserve so much more than that on your wedding day! 

When you choose to elope, your venue options are limited only by your imagination. There are so many breathtakingly beautiful places to elope, and you can choose a place that perfectly suits you. Whether you want to get married on the beach, in the forest, on a section of the South West’s rugged coastline, or in any other location, an elopement enables you to choose a place that will forever become “your spot” — the gorgeous little patch of nature where you tied the knot!

This is particularly true when you elope in Western Australia. There are so many incredible places that are completely unique to this region, from the Karri Forest to the one-of-a-kind coastline. For wanderlust couples who crave adventure (cheers to that!), we take you off the beaten path and reveal hidden treasures of Western Australia’s natural landscape. These are locations that only locals with a deep knowledge of the area are aware of, and they make for some truly epic elopements that are all about adventure, joy, and excitement!

Your Journey Starts Here

If you’ve decided on an elopement, then get in touch! Let us know what you’re planning and we’ll get to work creating an adventure elopement in Southwest Australia that’s a perfect fit for you — and truly unforgettable.

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