Eloping

I wrote your name into the sky,
But the wind blew it away.
I wrote your name into the sand,
but the waves washed it away.
I wrote your name into my heart,
And forever it will stay… Jason Graham

There are numerous reasons why couples choose to elope: You may not want the fuss or intrusion of many guests into what you feel is a personal moment. Maybe your dream is for an intimate and private ceremony for just the two of you in a beautiful setting symbolic of your relationship. Many couples elope to do something different, to create the wedding they want without any compromises and to put their relationship ahead of any commercialised tradition.

Maybe you have been married before and do not wish to repeat the big wedding, maybe there are budgetary considerations and you can have your dream wedding and celebrate with friends later.  Often couples think that a dream destination wedding would be too expensive to contemplate, but the reality is that only your close family/friends will come to your destination wedding and so associated expenses are less and you can then have a more low-key celebration with the wider range of family/friends later at home.

Whatever the reason, eloping is a romantic and practical way to celebrate the feeling a couple share with each other.  And nowadays, just because you have made the decision to elope, it does not mean that close family or friends can’t be with you.  You can still have your father escort you to your wedding or your best friend witness your ceremony.  You can just make your wedding  really simple.

Imagine just the two of you on a palm fringed white sandy beach, the sun shining and the ocean lapping at your feet as you walk barefooted in the white sand. Or saying your vows in the serenity of a beautiful rainforest setting. I specialise in designing intimate ceremonies for eloping couples. There are many unique locations in the area; the spectacular Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas, the Daintree National Rainforest, even remote coral quays and islands.

I live at Newell Beach, one of the best kept secrets of Far North Queensland.  Newell Beach is a stunning, white sand, palm fringed and secluded tropical beach.  The beach lends itself to many photographic opportunities, under the coconut trees, along the endless white sands, at the water’s edge, to capture your intimate wedding moments in a magical setting.

See a couple of recent elopement weddings at Newell Beach where I was the celebrant.

The settings are on the beach, at my home, www.mantaray.com.au, in the cane fields at the rear of my home.

Newell Beach offers a range of accommodation options, should you also choose to stay in this location.  These range fromboutique bed and breakfast establishments, which offer honeymooners special deals to absolute beach front holiday let homes.  Bed and breakfast accommodation offers stays from one night to as many as you wish.  Just do a Google search under bed and breakfast plus Newell Beach for a bed and breakfast listing.  For the budget conscious, bed and breakfast accommodation is a good option, given there are no minimum stay requirement.

There are also many beautiful, absolute beach front holiday let homes at Newell Beach.  Most have minimum stay requirements and also a location fee if the wedding reception is held on site. These homes are often a good option if you have a small wedding party also requiring accommodation as they can accommodate 6-8 guests and are self-catering.  A visiting caterer can come to do the wedding breakfast, lunch, nibbles or dinner and can set up in the garden or on the decks overlooking the sea.  Again a Google search under holiday homes plus Newell Beach will bring up a range of options.

Visiting hair and make-up artists, photographers and caterers can be recommended.  I can also arrange the legal witnesses, if required.  My commitment is to make your elopement as stress free, yet beautiful and magical as you would wish.

Packages for Eloping Couples:

The following elopement packages are offered. for Newell Beach or tropical garden weddings at Manta Ray Bed and Breakfast, Newell Beach

Silver Package

  • Celebrant fee
  • White clothed signing table and chairs
  • Music system to play music
  • Provision of witnesses, if required
  • Basic ceremony photography package

Total Cost:         $900

Gold Package

  • One night’s accommodation in a romantic QS room at Manta Ray Bed and Breakfast,
  • Celebrant Fee
  • White clothed signing table and chairs
  • Music system to play music
  • Provision of witnesses, if required
  • White Bali wedding flags
  • Basic photography package

Total cost:          $1000

See website www.mantaray.com.au for accommodation information

** Extra nights accommodation at Manta Ray Bed and Breakfast $130/night low season, and $150/night high season.

Platinum Package

  • One night’s accommodation at Manta Ray Bed and Breakfast
  • Celebrant fee
  • White clothed signing table and chairs
  • Music system to play music
  • Provision of witnesses, if required
  • White Bali wedding flags
  • Celebratory bottle of champagne
  • Platinum photography package consisting of pre-ceremony, ceremony and up to two locations coverage.

Total Cost: $1350

** Extra nights accommodation at Manta Ray Bed and Breakfast $130/night low season, and $150/night high season.