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Save Money

A wedding with all the trimmings can cost a small fortune. In tough economic times, you and your betrothed may wish to save your money for the down-payment on a house or a delayed honeymoon.

Avoid Stress

Planning any large-scale event can be stressful. Often times the bride's side of the family pushes for something that is anathema to the groom's side, or vice-versa. An elopement avoids this obstacle.

Maintain Privacy

Not everyone likes to be the center of attention. By choosing a wedding with invited guests, you are putting yourself on center stage, like it or not.

It's More Romantic

There is something innately romantic about stealing off in the middle of the night in search of a justice of the peace. If this is what you want, go for it!

A Fun Story to Tell Your Kids and Grandkids

Years after you elope, you and your spouse will have a unique story to share with both family and friends. It will become a tale that is fun, romantic and original.

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  • ElaineChastain 11/7/2010

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    We eloped and it was great. This is a great list. Why go in debt at the very beginning of your marriage?

  • penelope7 11/4/2010

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    I did elope at 20, but the courthouse in Indiana had stopped taking out of state people without marriage licenses, so we had to start all over again! Thanks. I think when done right it is extremely romantic.

  • Belafonte 11/2/2010

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    We went to Niagara Falls - great advice!

  • JoyceTeresaMann 10/29/2010

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    @bestmommy. Yes, we did elope back in 1974. Our upcoming wedding anniversary inspired me to write Reasons to Elope.

  • bestmommy 10/27/2010

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    Are you speaking from personal experience? Did you elope? :)
    I agree, lots of good reasons to bypass the stress and cost of a large wedding.

  • Jeanniemaries 10/27/2010

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    I wish more people would take their budget of 30K and invest it towards their future rather than have one big show for one stress filled day.

  • SPhilbrick 10/27/2010

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    These are good reasons...everyone will have to make their own personal choice regarding this decision. I do know a couple that spent over 30k on their wedding and I cannot imagine making loan payments for that !

  • UponRequest 10/27/2010

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    I agree with the reasons you give, but as someone who DID elope, I can also see a lot of reasons to do a wedding - even if it's on a shoestring budget.

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