Planning to Elope? Important Tips to Consider!

If you have decided to elope on your big day, there is still a little planning to be done!As an experienced and renowned marriage celebrant in Sydney and surrounding areas I have found that couples are sometimes unaware of certain details that need to be organised for their big day. Here are some important tips to consider when you are planning to elope in New South Wales, or any area at all!

Legal Aspects

Legal aspects of a marriage, whether you have a big wedding formal or informal or eloping, are the same. You will need to complete and lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NIM) at least one month and one day prior to your wedding. This form can actually be lodged up to 18 months in advance of your wedding. You will need to produce identification documents including:

  • Original copy of birth certificate if born in Australia
  • Birth certificate or passport and drivers licence
  • Decree Absolute if either or both parties have previously been divorced or death certificate
  • Documents in a foreign language must be translated into English and a translation certificate supplied

Booking your Celebrant and Venue

As a non-denominational wedding celebrant Sydney area I will need to be booked in advance to ensure that I am available on your special day. Like-wise, your chosen venue for your special day. If your intimate elopement ceremony is to be held in a public place such as the beach or a Council park there may be permits required from the relevant Council. Allow as much time as possible when booking your celebrant and romantic venue to ensure that they are available on the day that you wish to get married!


Also, it is best to arrange for your accommodation well in advance. If your elopement destination is a tourist hotspot, if you are getting married in the holiday season, rooms may book up quickly. Book in advance to ensure that you have your first choice in accommodation for your wedding night and honeymoon.

So if you are planning on eloping or a small intimate there is still some required planning. Take the above into consideration the venue, legalities, and ceremony will be exactly what you wish for. Contact me at Ceremonies with Style, your Marriage Celebrant Sydney, for more information.

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