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How to Plan the Perfect Elopement on the Tweed Coast: We Speak to Santai Retreat about all things Destination Weddings!

For so many couples, an elopement wedding just makes sense. Let’s be honest – wedding planning can sometimes be a stressful, time-consuming and expensive experience. An elopement or intimate destination wedding can often be the perfect way to celebrate this milestone moment and tie the knot, without any of the fuss!

 

Whether you’re on a tight budget or would simply prefer a more relaxed and low-key celebration, an elopement wedding allows you to turn your nuptials into an extended getaway and memorable holiday with an intimate group of loved ones (or even just the two of you!).

 

Planning the perfect elopement all comes down to finding the perfect location, and we would have to say the Tweed Coast ticks all of the destination wedding boxes. Secluded beaches, picturesque scenery, award-winning restaurants and a super convenient location just minutes from the Coolangatta airport makes the Tweed Coast one of the most beautiful elopement destinations in the country.

 

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But organising an elopement from interstate or overseas can be a little tricky without a trusted local venue to take care of your celebrations. So where exactly should you begin with planning an unforgettable elopement or destination wedding here on the Tweed?

 

We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to reach out to our friends at Santai Retreat – a luxury Balinese-inspired resort situated in the small coastal town of Casuarina, and our resident elopement experts. Keep reading as we speak to Jodie from Santai for her top tips on planning the perfect elopement wedding, and her words of wisdom for couples looking to make the most out of their stay on the Tweed Coast!

 

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What are the main benefits of planning an elopement or intimate wedding?

 

The intimate destination wedding excursion is now more popular than ever! Elopements cost less and allow couples to enjoy a great getaway with friends and family, all while saving their funds for other things such as entering the property market. We’re finding that a lot of wedding couples are choosing our resort as their wedding destination and then staying on to enjoy their honeymoon with friends and family.

 

Many couples are using their wedding as an excuse to indulge in a well-earned group holiday. Others are opting for smaller weddings so they can spend a bit more on things like an extravagant cake or wedding dress, whereas before they wouldn’t have been able to afford this. The latest generation of wedding couples don’t feel the need to get married in front of hundreds of people – now, 40 or 50 people is considered the norm to tie the knot.

 

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Though big weddings are exciting, they are always extremely stressful! A smaller affair can make the whole process a lot more enjoyable for everyone.

 

Most destination wedding brides want a great venue where they can feel like they’ve escaped from the world, along with a good day spa and a great pool or beach nearby.

 

We also believe that weddings and vow renewals don’t always have to be formal, and that it’s often appropriate to choose a lighter dress code. The bride can wear colourful dresses, for example, or the groom can get away from the traditional suit and wear more comfortable attire.

 

What would be your best words of advice for couples planning an elopement on the Tweed Coast?

 

Make sure you enjoy what is an intimate moment between you and your partner! If you’ve decided to elope then one of the best benefits is that you can make it all about the two of you,  so make sure you have some extra time to indulge and relax. A perfect way to ensure that you’ve truly experienced all that the region has to see and do is to stay a little longer!

 

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What can couples expect from an elopement wedding with Santai Retreat?

 

The ambience and facilities at Santai Retreat make our seaside Bali-inspired resort a perfect venue option to elope or renew wedding vows. Unlike many generic Gold Coast-based resorts, we offer a cosy and intimate atmosphere with our renowned luxury suites.

 

We also offer special packages for couples wishing to express their vows in a romantic and intimate way. For example, our Elopement Package offers couples a romantic and truly heartfelt way to commit to each other in our tranquil and private spaces. This comprehensive package is very popular as it ensures that every event can be stress-free!

 

Most importantly, our Santai wedding packages allow more time to enjoy a quiet, intimate and enchanting ceremony that you will always cherish.

 

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So if a traditional wedding just isn’t your style, why not take the stress out of wedding planning and consider an intimate elopement on the Tweed Coast? We can’t think of a more romantic location to celebrate such an incredible milestone with your loved ones!

 

A huge thanks to Jodie and the Santai Retreat team for their expert advice – you can learn more about this stunning seaside resort and their elopement packages via our Tweed Coast Weddings venue directory.

 

Our talented local suppliers are also available to help you plan the perfect elopement or destination wedding, including floral designers, celebrants and photographers. You can check out our community of wedding suppliers here, or head over to our blog for more real wedding inspiration from the Tweed Coast!

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