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Considering Eloping?

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The ready supply of cheap travel options such as cheap airplane tickets, discount hotel rooms, discount travel deals, and cheap vacation packages may lead some soon to be “legal” couples to elope at a moment’s notice.

Forgoing a huge wedding, with all of the planning it takes, as well as expense, for a combination elopement/honeymoon can be appealing.
However, doing a little planning before heading to the airport will help you avoid wedding day disasters that can occur even when it is just the two of you in attendance.

The following is a little elopement advice from Jamie Beckman:

• Before committing to a destination for your elopement/honeymoon, check with the convention and visitors bureau where you are planning to go to determine what is required to obtain a marriage license once there. Some popular locales have restrictions such as waiting periods or witness minimums.

Some documents that are often required include birth certificates, passports, divorce decrees (if applicable), and a certified copy of a death certificate for a widow or widower. Applications for a marriage license may need to be filed before your arrival. Depending on your destinations restrictions, you might be better off getting married in a private ceremony in the states and then participating in a symbolic marriage abroad.

• Before finalizing any travel plans consider the emotional fallout and make certain that eloping is not something you will later regret. Elopers seldom regret getting married, but sometimes wish that they had invited others, particularly family and/or close friends. Consider whether others will be hurt by not being invited. Until you do the necessary research do not assume that you will be able to Skype or otherwise communicate via video on your special day. The key is not to later wish you had handled things differently.

• Ask the hotel or resort you are considering staying at for help. Such establishments have a list of vendors that they use and rely on to cater, officiate, and provide music, and decor. Make certain that what is being recommended is within whatever price range you are willing to spend. Ask about any hidden fees and if interested in an onsite wedding planner, whether that person will be juggling multiple weddings on your special day.

• Be prepared to face a different pace at your destination. The sense of urgency Americans typically have is often not shared by some foreign vendors, hotels, and officiants who operate at a slower pace. Make certain to pack your patience as well as your clothes.

• Include a few traditional touches in your wedding by either hiring a local wedding planner to ensure your ceremony is memorable or a couple of local vendors, depending on your priorities. Hiring a photographer is often a top priority for people who wed, regardless of whether they elope. Do not ship your suit or dress or check it in your luggage. The only way to ensure that such items arrive is by carrying them onto the plane.

• Often the most successful elopements include some type of sharing with family back home, whether that is posting photos via social network and/or hosting a reception when you return home. This is an ideal time to show your wedding video/pictures and let everyone share in your happiness.

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