gold coast elopements

How to plan a dreamy Gold Coast elopement or micro-wedding (with packages!)

Elopements // Stories // by QB

For romantic wedding occasions big or small (seriously, we’ll find any excuse), the Gold Coast glitters year-round. But when you’re planning your dreamy elopement or micro-wedding,this multi-faceted region shines brighter than ever. Sun-kissed beaches and serene hinterland vistas are heaven for nature-lovers while the smorgasbord of stellar venues draw couples looking for a luxe just-for-two “I do”. Best of both worlds? You bet.

It’s the kind of place you can find romantic rainforest chapels and hinterland hideaways within an hour of swanky beachfront restaurants and resorts. Factor in a vibrant community of creatives and vendors who specialise in micro weddings with ALL the trimmings, and you’ve got magic waiting to happen — whether you come for the day or stay on for a glorious Gold Coast honeymoon.

Ready to go for gold? We’ve got the how, why and where to celebrate your Gold Coast elopement (plus exclusive packages). Feature image by Danielle Webster Photography

Gold Coast Beach & City Elopements

For coast-loving couples, how does almost 70 kilometres of the good stuff sound? You’re never far from the ocean here, with some of Australia’s most iconic beaches and waterways dovetailing from South Stradbroke Island and the sugar-fine sands of Main Beach in the north through to the sought-after surf breaks of Snapper Rocks and Rainbow Bay in the south.  

If you’re thinking salty kisses right by the sea, try low-key and lovely Currumbin Beach or Coolangatta’s most photogenic cove, Froggy’s Beach, for your ceremony. Shimmering lagoon vistas more your style? You’ll adore the serene turquoise waters and national park backdrop of Talle (Tallebudgera) Creek. For more of a bird’s eye view, Burleigh Point will keep the Surfers Paradise skyline in your sights (and don’t miss the buzzing Burleigh food scene for day-after dining) while Pat Fagan Park at Greenmount frames a backdrop of ocean waves. And there’s plenty more where that came from. Toes in the sand, sorted. 

Or what about an industrial-style or glittering-lights city elopement? From Southport to Cooly, you’ll find a host of fabulous venues that offer couples the chance to elope in style. Treat your family and friends to a stylish ceremony followed by a cocktail or dinner party celebration. The options are endless!

Tip: A micro wedding means you don’t have to cap guest numbers to fit your chosen cove or vantage point, so take your time to explore the glorious options.

Fun fact: The Gold Coast enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year, meaning the chances of a sunset ceremony or an open-air cocktail hour look very promising. 

Gold Coast Elopements in the Hinterland

Ready to swap endless blue for a luscious sea of green? Head west of the waves to the Gold Coast Hinterland, encompassing the World Heritage landscapes of Lamington and Springbrook National Parks and the waterfalls and wineries of Tamborine Mountain. With touch-the-sky scenery and swathes of ancient Gondwana Rainforest, you won’t believe you’re less than an hour from the coast. It’s truly, madly, deeply magical.

Discover the region’s superb venues for a celebration to suit your intimate “I do”. Classic couple? Consider a charming hinterland chapel and an elegant soirée among the manicured lawns and rambling gardens of a private estate. Cabernet lovers can toast their happiness at a winery wedding (those barrels make an awesome prop). And for modern love? A boho-luxe celebration under the stars at an eco-retreat or a beautiful barn wedding (very 2021) on a country farm. 

Idea: Winter wedding on the cards? With its cooler temperatures and European-inspired venue options, the Gold Coast Hinterland is ideal for a cosy fireside celebration and more formal dress code. Heart set on that faux fur shrug? Head to the hills. 

The need for Tweed
Just when you thought the Gold Coast couldn’t get any more enticing, slip over the border into the gorgeous Tweed Shire and Far Northern New South Wales. As surveyor John Oxley wrote of seeing the Tweed Valley against the backdrop of Mt Warning in 1823: “The view was altogether beautiful beyond description. The scenery here exceeded anything I have previously seen in Australia.” Now that’s a recommendation! As the southern gateway to the GC, and home to some of the country’s most sought-after wedding venues, you want this region in the mix. 

Fun fact: Queensland and NSW currently observe different time zones during the months of daylight savings. Meaning you can ring in your first day as newlyweds, twice! 

Time to go pro – discover your Gold Coast Elopement specialist
The best way to pull off an intimate, incredible, and stress-free elopement? Enlist a little help. Whether you’re planning a simple celebrant/florist/photographer line-up or all the bells and whistles of a traditional celebration (sans overblown guest list), the Gold Coast will have the exclusive location, venue, and styling talents to suit your elopement dreams. Assemble your own personal dream team with our handy Gold Coast elopement venues and specialists listed below – and go get married!

Gold Coast Elopement Packages

Cut Throat Chapel at the Mobile Barber Shop Depot

The Quickie: $890
Upgrade your registry style wedding with plenty of photo ops and killer vibes.
Includes:

  • Up to 10 guests
  • Celebrant
  • Up to 30 min
  • Polaroid Photo
  • Available Tue & Wed anytime 10am-4pm

 The Elopement $2500
An intimate ceremony with the option to hang out with guests in an uber-cool space. 
Includes:

  • Up to 15 guests
  • A personalised ceremony by a celebrant who digs our vibes
  • Up to 2 hours
  • Celebratory drinks
  • On the day coordination
  • Photographer (25 photos)
  • Available Monday to Friday anytime 10am-9pm.

 Late Nights In Los Bundall: $3,300
A late-night moody and non-traditional wedding. Includes:

  • Up to 50 guests
  • Exclusive Venue Hire: use of the Chapel space & barbershop side
  • A personalised ceremony by a celebrant who digs our vibes
  • Up to 4 hours
  • On the day coordination
  • Available Mon – Friday (ex. Thurs) 6-10pm. Guests arrive at 6 pm. Ceremony start time 6.30 pm. Finish time 10 pm; Food and drinks not included.

Discover more elopement information at mobilebarbershopdepot.com

Gold Coast Pop Up Weddings

All-inclusive elopements & weddings: from $1950

  • Choose your date, time & venue
  • Level up with extra services
  • Add on a party, picnic or reception
  • Seriously fun & affordable!

Discover more elopement information at goldcoastpopupweddings.com