Who we are

Runaway Romance is a specialised wedding planning company based in Johannesburg. We focus on small and non-traditional weddings, elopements, micro weddings, minimony's and destination weddings to South Africa. We travel anywhere in South Africa.

We use non-traditional venues and suppliers to create intimate celebrations that have never been seen or experienced before. We use our unique perspective and knowledge of small weddings to give you a stunning alternative to the hype, cost and pressure of typical wedding “productions”. Our couples are the trail blazers of the world. Inspired by adventure, you are the ones who celebrate your love in an authentic, out of the ordinary and completely ‘YOU’ way. We’re all about the marriage and not just the wedding. It’s your special day and should reflect who you are as a couple.
Runaway Romance is all for less hype, more happy!



Unique, intimate and memorable

What We Do

We do madly in love. We do travel and adventure. We do family.
We do once off. We do extraordinary. We do happy. We do fun.
We don’t do getting into debt to get married. We don’t do trend chasing.
We don’t do wasteful. We don’t do judging.

We offer a range of services and packages, ranging from elopements and our full planning package to consulting, and everything in between.

Our specialised full wedding planning packages, for elopements and small weddings, include start to finish supplier sourcing and management, creative concept planning, logistics and budget management, full event set up, professional on the day hosting and event breakdown services.

Our elopement package starts at R12 000 and the full wedding planning service fee starts from R15 000, depending on the number of guests. (It doesn’t include the cost of other vendors.)

We are also registered Marriage Officers. We offer personal, tailor-made ceremonies for everyone. We believe that each couple is unique and their extraordinary journey should be celebrated and honoured. Whether you would just like to do a legal ceremony (instead of going to Home Affairs) or would like a full, personalised ceremony, we’ve got you!

We are now also offering special Elopement Packages to couples that are budget friendly and are offered in particlat areas at certain times of the year.

Chat to us about what you’re looking for and we’ll quote you according to your needs.

Destination weddings to South Africa

This is when you are living outside of South Africa but are (rightfully so) wanting to come to our stunning country to celebrate your ‘I Do’s’. Maybe it’s just the two of you or maybe you’re bringing some family and friends. This will be the best wedding come honeymoon decision you ever make.

By being part of so many local weddings that are creative, adventurous, out of the box Runaway Romance is able to source suppliers, venues and destinations that are wow’ing new comers and locals alike, giving you direct and reliable access to the best of South Africa and her hidden gems.

For our destination couples we are on hand a full week before your wedding day to make sure your pre-wedding events and expeditions are as well planned and stress free as your special day.

Who would have thought that getting married half way around the world and creating once in a lifetime memories could be less stressful, more affordable and triple the fun of a wedding in your home town?

Small weddings

If you have decided to treat yourself to a different kind of wedding experience, one that is full of romance, is totally focused on what you love the most as a couple and is like nothing you or your guests have ever experienced, then our small wedding package is perfect for you.

By having less than 80 guests at your wedding day celebration you allow yourselves the creative freedom to really have the wedding you want in the exciting non-traditional venue you love. Your wedding day budget is able to include the luxuries and experiences you never could with a big wedding (Think butternut soup for the masses vs Caviar for a few.)

These wedding days may be small in numbers but are big on heart.


Without a doubt the most romantic thing you can do for each other, an elopement allows you to start your married life with just your nearest and dearest present.

Exciting, adventurous, desperately romantic and visually breath taking our elopement package is perfect for the trail blazing couples of the world who aren’t afraid to do life their way.

Elopements open up a world of possibilities giving you and your 10 or less guests choices of venues, destinations and suppliers that are light years ahead of what is available in the traditional wedding industry at the moment.

Elopements can be arranged on fairly short notice and have a very special place in our hearts and company.

We would also love to be part of your out of the ordinary romantic moments which include personalised proposals, styled couples shoots, vow renewals as well as engagement and anniversary celebrations. Please get hold of us to find out more.


Making that special moment even more memorable

Kind Words

Nicky & James

I was so pleased to have engaged the services of Runaway Romance. They took the stress out of all the organising and arranging. After lockdowns and restrictions we finally made it to South Africa - only 2 years late!! If it had been down to us to re-arrange suppliers/venues with dates etc. I seriously doubt we would have got there, but RR took all that stress away. The day was about us, having Louise on hand the whole time made it so, we were relaxed, able to focus and enjoy the 'best day of our lives'. To anyone questioning whether to hire Runaway Romance as your Wedding Planner - hand on heart - best thing we ever did, other than saying 'I Do'

Dianette & Naude

Such a great experience from A to Z. Louise made planning our wedding look like such a breeze and we couldn’t have done it without her. Even after changing our plans a couple of times, nothing was ever too much to ask and everything was just perfect on the day.

Nicola & Niall

We’d heard Louise described as the Fairy Godmother of Weddings, and we can certainly vouch for her magic! But we thought of her magical quality more as The Mary Poppins of Weddings. She made everything practically perfect in every way. She rose to the challenge of finding us the perfect venue for a fully vegan wedding, and she immediately understood the mood we were going for and had the most incredible eye for décor details. The suppliers that she chose for us weren’t only brilliant at what they do, but they also perfectly suited our personalities. The more we got to know Louise, the more we realised that this is no coincidence. She treats all of her clients like dear friends, and will work tirelessly to put together a dream team that is unique to every couple. On the wedding day, she was cool, calm, collected and so organised! We just showed up and enjoyed the day, with everything going incredibly smoothly.

Kristina & Matt

We cannot begin to thank Louise enough for being so instrumental in helping us to have our perfect elopement. We could not have dreamed it would be any more beautiful than it actually was. Huge thanks to Louise for being constantly available to advise and reassure us during the planning process, and being there for us on the day to make sure it went as smoothly, calmly and beautifully as it did.

Ashleigh & Sean

Thank you so much Louise and team at Runaway Romance without you we could not of had our special day so perfect ... Planning an elopement from the DRC and had never visited Cape Town before this would of been impossible without you xo love ? #SMASH

Tami & Shane

I want you to know I am very grateful for everything you did for me. From the moment we met I just thought you "got me" with the non-wedding-wedding , no-white, no-cliche's. It was peak silly season and I changed my mind so many times - you took it in your stride. There was a lot of judgement for us, especially me, about eloping and not inviting anyone but seeing your other couples and everything you said made me feels so much better. The day was everything that we wanted, chilled, about us, no drama-llama's and we are so happy. You really are the elopement-guru.

Chelsea & Nathan

Louise was so friendly and made sure our experience was perfect and did everything she could to make sure of it. She did some extra, special things for us. It was perfect, can’t thank her enough! Runaway Romance was exactly what we expected and more.

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Meet Louise

Hi! I’m Louise. A South African based wedding planner focusing on the small and non-traditional. I truly believe that small can be huge and simple can be extraordinary.

Louise Schnetler


I started out like most people, in the corporate world. The majority of my time was spent in law firms, focusing on events, marketing and communications. I learnt so much about working with and managing different people and personalities, which has been so helpful when it comes to wedding planning!

After leaving the corporate world, I found myself in the position to branch out and do my own thing and do something I truly love and feel passionate about. My dreams came true when I heard about this gem of a business. The stars aligned, the universe listened, I found my purpose! And here I am, the very proud owner of Runaway Romance! And 4 years later, I am still 150% in love with what I do and the people I meet and work with.

I also count myself super lucky to be living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world where practically anything possible and you can get married in almost any setting your heart desires! And of course that I get to travel there as well.

I love the philosophy that Runaway Romance is built on – Less hype, more happy! I enjoy being able to help you as a couple get married with as little drama as possible. After all, it all about celebrating your love with those who matter most.

I also recently became a registered Marriage Officer. It totally makes sense since my clients and I get to know each other well, meaning I can create personal, bespoke wedding ceremonies. I do anything from the legal paperwork, to sand ceremonies, handfasting, themed ceremonies and anything in between.

I love taking my dogs for walks in the park. I also love drinking champagne or white wine, dancing and eating macarons… in no particular order.

And I still get emotional (with happiness) at every elopement and wedding I have the privilege of being a part of. I am so grateful to play a small part in these beautiful love stories.



Elopements, Weddings, Engagements & Anniversaries

As wedding planners, we understand how important your ceremony is and that it should be personal and really resonate with you and your future spouse. And the good news is that we now offer marriage officer services! Louise is registered under the Civil Unions Act, so can perform both same sex and heterosexual marriages and unions.

When we do full ceremonies, we fully personalise them to reflect you as a couple and to make it completely unique to you…  no generic vows and promises here! We also do hand fasting, sand ceremonies, themed ceremonies, unity candle ceremonies, wine blending ceremonies, to name a few.

If you prefer less fuss, we can do the legal paperwork only.

Get in touch if you’d like some more info about what we do and how we can help you tie the knot.


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Tumi & Thabiso’s Enchanting Wedding

Every once in a while, a love story comes along that touches our hearts and reminds us of the beauty of genuine love. Tumi and Thabiso’s wedding was one such occasion, an extraordinary celebration. It was an absolute pleasure to be part of Tumi and Thabiso’s special day! From the moment we started planning their […]

Nicky & James’s vineyard elopement, finally!

Nicky and James first got in touch with me from the UK, in October 2019, to plan their elopement for October 2020. This elopement took another 2 years to happen… thanks Covid! But happen it did! Finally! Nicky & James met in 2006, and kept up a longish distance relationship for a few years. They’re […]

Basti & Pia’s Safari Elopement in Mjejane

Basti & Pia’s grandparents were best friends, and they could’ve unknowingly played together as children. They went to school together as teenagers and became friends and had their first kiss at 16. They’ve been inseparable ever since. They decided to elope to South Africa, to the Kruger Park, to declare their love to each other, […]

Tayla & Jonas’ destination wedding

Tayla & Jonas live in Germany, but Tayla is from SA, so they decided to get married here. They had been planning a destination wedding to Mpumalanga, and then Covid hit. A couple years later, with a young daughter and smaller numbers, (but still their most important people there), they tied the knot in Hazyview. […]

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Dianette & Naudé’s garden elopement

Dianette & Naudé are one of those couples who have so much fun together. Every time we met, I left with sore cheeks from laughing so much. It was so much fun working with them and great to have clients who put their trust in you. Once they had decided on final numbers, we found […]

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Sinead & Matt’s farm wedding

Sinead and Matt celebrated their marriage at Alkmaar Farmstay just outside Nelspruit. It had been in the planning for a while but because of Covid, it had been moved out. We came in towards to end  of the planning to find the last couple suppliers as well as to manage the actual day. The wedding […]

Charné & Morné’s vineyard elopement

Charné & Morné had moved their wedding date a few times, due to Covid. They decided they wanted to get married no matter what and the best way to do was to elope with their daughter and parents. They chose Stellenbosch as their venue and were set on a white chapel for their ceremony. And […]

Leandri & Jonathan’s safari elopement

Leandri & Jonathan chose Mjejane River Lodge for their private safari elopement, as lovers of the South African bush. It was a lovely, hot winter day with clear skies and a bit of wind to keep us cool. We set the ceremony arch up overlooking the Mjejane River, in an area away from other guests. […]

Sandra & Daniel’s winelands elopement

Sandra & Daniel have travelled to South Africa a couple times from Germany, before Covid. They fell in love with South Africa (what’s not to love!?) and thought it would be the perfect place to tie the knot with their kids and best friends there to share the day with them. They decided that Zorgvliet […]

Niveshni & Alex’s mountainside micro wedding

Niveshni and Alex are both doctors at two of Johannesburg’s biggest government hospitals. Obviously they have waaay bigger things to worry about than planning a wedding, you know, saving lives and staying safe during Covid. We were lucky to be able to go on this journey with them and help them plan their mountainside wedding […]


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