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11 November 2009

There’s a certain feeling of romantic rebellion about eloping but it’s not for eveyone. If you’re toying with the idea of running away to tie the knot, first consider the pros and cons.
Eloping could be worth considering if …

• You would rather spend your hard-saved money on a blow-out honeymoon and stunning photography.

• You crave simplicity and find the thought of a year of wedding planning daunting.

• You don’t want the hassle of considering themes and styles etc. The joy of eloping is that you can marry whenever and wherever you like.

• A no-faff wedding is your idea of bliss. Fuss-free and easy.

• Intimacy is key. You envisage a personal ceremony with just the two of you (and your witnesses of course).

• You have family issues and would rather avoid arguments and an uncomfortable stiuation on your big day.

• You’ve always dreamt of a spontaneous and thrilling wedding rather than following tradition.

Tips & Warnings

• Eloping these days is less about running away and having a secret wedding and more about being unconventional and spontaneous. Think of it as an alternative to a traditional wedding.

• Have a ceremony, just the two of you, but throw a reception afterward for all your friends and family to be a part of.

• Hire a professional photographer then send out fab pictures of the event with your wedding announcement.

• Invite your parents and closest friends to come with you.

• Go ahead and keep your marriage a secret from your family, but let flight attendants and hotel clerks know! They may just bump you up to first class or offer extra perks with room service.

• Don't rush into a bad decision. Be completely sure you want to elope.

• Seriously consider the downsides of eloping. Will you regret not having a conventional wedding? Is your privacy worth excluding your family and friends?

• Many places offer elopement packages. They'll handle everything, including the license, ceremony, honeymoon, and even travel and accommodation. ididjeridoo can certainly help out here.


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Aussie girl heads to London in search of adventure and soon falls for Kiwi boy. The pair begin to plan their Sydney wedding from across the globe and quickly discover a distinct lack of help available for UK based Antipodeans returning 'home' to tie the knot. How many couples are struggling with their long distance wedding planning just like us, they wondered ...

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Shadan is the Aussie girl who married a Kiwi boy, and discovered first hand the lack of help available for UK-based Antipodeans returning "home" to marry.

After more than a decade of customer focused roles, including personal assistant and events coordination, Shadan longed for a new challenge, doing something she was truly passionate about.

From a genuine desire to put her knowledge and love of all things wedding-y to good use, sprung forth a unique concept that makes long distance wedding planning special and simple for brides just like Shadan...

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