How to elope overseas

How to easily elope overseas

I recently shared my experience about why I got married overseas, but didn’t delve into the actual logistics of completing such a task. Eloping abroad seems to be becoming more and more popular these days, and as someone who has gone through the process, I can see why. Money, freedom and having a ceremony that feels authentic to your relationship are all important factors for many modern couples. Plus, if you organise enough time off with your boss, you can also squeeze in a honeymoon while you’re overseas! If you’re looking to be convinced on the benefits of eloping, make sure you read my blog post on why you should elope overseas.

But if you’re ready to get rolling and wondering how to actually go about eloping, semi-eloping or having a destination wedding, these tips should help make it a little easier!

How to pull off eloping overseas

Do your research

Don’t put off researching what the rules are for citizens of your country who get married overseas. Will your marriage be legal in your home country? If not, what steps will you need to take? You might even consider secretly getting married at the court office before your trip and just having a symbolic ceremony.

When it comes to locations and anything elopement related, Pinterest is your best friend. If you’re not sure where you want to elope, get inspired by couples all over the world and really think about which destination resonates with you as a couple.

Joshua Tree desert elopement

Photo by White Lane Studio.

Don’t buy into traditions that don’t resonate with you

Obviously, you’ve decided to elope, so you’ve kinda thrown tradition out the window. But don’t let that make you think you have to make up for it by including wedding traditions like not seeing your partner the morning of, having a bridal party or wearing white. The beauty of eloping is that it’s all up to you. So really take the time to think about what you want.

Elopement wedding car

Photo by White Lane Studio.

Get yourself a knowledgeable marriage celebrant

This was perhaps the number one thing that made getting married overseas such a breeze for us. Our marriage celebrant knew almost all there was to know about overseas couples eloping, as well as information we’d need to organise the location for the ceremony, what we needed to bring, how to make it legal… The list goes on. On top of that, she took the time to get to know us and ended up creating the most meaningful ceremony that I ever could have dreamed of. We really hit the jackpot! So find someone that holds your values, has experience with elopements and – last, but certainly not least – has epic reviews.

Eloping to Joshua Tree

Photo by White Lane Studio.

Find vendors you adore

One of the most exciting things about having a wedding overseas is finding a place you really love and  getting the vendors to match. Of course, even having any vendors is totally optional (apart from someone who can legally marry you), but I found that this was one of the most exciting parts of planning an overseas elopement. It was our dream to stay at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs (and have them hold and cater our reception), so that’s what we damn well did. We also wanted an awesome photographer – cue White Lane Studio.

Elopement reception table setting

Photo by White Lane Studio.

Double-check everything once you’ve arrived at your destination

Maybe it’s just me, but organising something from across the other side of the world seems like it could leave a lot of room for error. With a big event like this I always feel the need to check everything thrice, and I would encourage you to do the same. Even though I knew I had arranged everything prior, it’s just good to be face-to-face with your vendors to check everything and calm any pre-wedding nerves.

Eloping in Palm Springs

Photo by White Lane Studio.

Are you planning on eloping, semi-eloping or having a destination wedding? I’d love to know all about it and help you with any questions you may have! Leave a comment down below and I’ll get back to you.

6 Replies to “How to elope overseas”

  1. I’d love to do this :O Thanks for not just sharing your reasons, but also the practical side of it!

    1. Thanks for your comment Adine! If you’re thinking of eloping, my advice… Just do it! Hope I inspired you! x

  2. I love doing things the non-traditional way 😛 Your wedding looks beautiful!

    1. Me too! Makes it all the more enjoyable, right? Thanks so much for your lovely comment Julia! x

  3. What a timely post!!! I am eloping in Palm Springs next April!! What time of year did you elope? Also, I still have to firm up an officiant. If you recommend yours, could you provide the name?

    Also, I like your note on tradition. Still going for a white dresss and I think I’ll look into ordering flowers!

    1. Hi Keri! I’m glad that it could be of help! I knew I wanted to read everything I could on eloping to the Palm Springs/Joshua Tree area before we did it. We got married in summer – in July! It was crazy hot in Palm Springs at that time of year, but accommodation was cheaper and we love the heat, so we enjoyed it.
      I ABSOLUTELY recommend our amazing minister. Her name is Marie Burns Holzer of Let’s Get Married by Marie. She did an awesome job and was so lovely. If you end up going with her, tell her Lani from Australia sent you!
      If you want to read more about the details of our day, I’d recommend checking out my other blog post on eloping:
      Let me know if you have any more questions, happy to help! x

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