Elopements are becoming more popular: why engaged couples are deciding against having lavish weddings.
Couples are getting married in private more & more these days, and is it any surprise?
The wedding & marriage industry has never been so complicated, valued at over $1billion every year in Australia alone. From the overtly expensive wedding dress to the extravagant hen and stag parties plus pressure from social media for weddings to look picture perfect, it comes as no surprise that more and more couples are considering elopements or simple stress free registry office weddings Brisbane. Pinterest recently reported a 128% increase in searches for elopement ideas especially for photography.
“Eloping” completely takes off the pressure of planning the ‘perfect wedding. Weddings are so much more visible then they were in the past thanks in part to Instagram. Apart from your friends and family, people who you haven’t even invited might see it in their social feeds.
There are more modern couples who want to get as far from the pomp, pressure and traditions of weddings as possible with the introduction of destination registry office style weddings to elope. Web searches for destination weddings in the mountains are up by 32 per cent; Pinterest says & with other popular terms including ‘elopements at venues and ‘elopements with hinterland views. Some want to go even further to ensure a memorable celebration – elopements in Byron Bay, a small town in Northern NSW.
“It’s about getting away from an event that feels old school to many and weirdly uncomfortable for others”
For some people who love the limelight or tradition, they might decide that they would write their own vows and get married while they were travelling, or choosing a location when the time felt right.
Marriage for them might not be about the marriage certificate, it’s about making a commitment to each other which is from the heart & not to please some members of the family believing that they just wanted to feel comfortable & not needing to say the things wanted to say in front of everyone.
The legal documentation can wait sometimes too.
“I never pictured having a big white wedding, and neither did my husband,”
“For me it’s not about being in the spotlight”
Point being – a desire to discard of the formalities of a wedding that don’t feel necessarily feel authentic to some couples – is encouraging the rise in wedding elopements.
The definition of getting married in private has evolved.
Despite history, Modern couples are less likely to be dependent on securing legal permission, but the romantic idea of escaping to exchange vows still holds appeal.
Elopements might still feel immoral for some, but their increasing popularity might be a growing wedding trend for more intimate ceremonies. Call it a reaction against the extravagant & decadent weddings that currently show up on Instagram feeds, but wedding couples are starting to buck the trend. Brides who decide to walk arm-in-arm down the aisle with their mother and her father or who decide against bridesmaids.
Getting married is no longer planned entirely around old rules and religious practices. More couples are taking the experience as a precursor to better things.
“I didn’t want to choose who my bridesmaids should be”
“The modern couple has less boundaries, and if they want to get married in the Hinterland with their pet as their witness before returning home to host a inner city shin dig at their favourite Brisbane venue, that is what they will do.”
Less-traditional wedding ceremonies & elopements don’t always take the same form. Conceptually they are similar – to get married without the knowledge of many people – Also you can still elope in luxury. with numerous Brisbane companies offering bespoke services to help couples elope with ease and in a location that suits them, from beaches in Gold Coast to a secluded spot in the Numimbah countryside. Registry Office Weddings Brisbane is one such business, reporting a rise in Aussies using its service in the last few years.
There is always a mixed bag when telling family that you are going to elope, but they will usually appreciate your reasons and those people in your life who truly love you would only want what’s right for you on your special day. As terrible as it sounds, you might not miss having your friends and
family with you as you enjoyed privacy and incredible personal experience followed by many special moments with friends and family on your return.
The left field idea of getting married secretly then hosting a wedding party later on to celebrate your vows is growing in trend, giving couples the opportunity to keep their wedding moment private & intimate, We are seeing lots of registryofficeweddingsbrisbane.com.au couples whose ceremonies are completely private then they might hold a second ‘service’ for the benefit of their guests to share that experience emotionally says Christine Walker – Celebrant.