Everything Elopement Book

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If you just want to say "No!" to organizing -- and paying for -- the Big Event, The Everything Elopement Book is the perfect guide to getting married on your own terms. From planning your elopement to the actual ceremony, The Everything Elopement Book is a fun, practical guide guaranteed to help you avoid the emotional hassles and chaos of planning an all-out wedding. Whether you want to run away to a tropical island or have a quiet ceremony at home, The Everything Elopement Book will have you saying "I Do" in no...
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Overview

If you just want to say "No!" to organizing -- and paying for -- the Big Event, The Everything Elopement Book is the perfect guide to getting married on your own terms. From planning your elopement to the actual ceremony, The Everything Elopement Book is a fun, practical guide guaranteed to help you avoid the emotional hassles and chaos of planning an all-out wedding. Whether you want to run away to a tropical island or have a quiet ceremony at home, The Everything Elopement Book will have you saying "I Do" in no time!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593370275
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/2/2004
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
The Top Ten Elopement Checklist Items xii
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 No Stress, No Hassles 1
Your Real Wedding Persona 2
Fewer Details to Contend With 9
On Your Timetable 11
The Spotlight Is Off 14
Breaking Traditions 18
Religious Issues 19
Is There Anything More Romantic? 20
Chapter 2 Not Everything's Relative 23
Mamma Mia! 24
Step Problems 26
Two Families to Deal With 28
The Whole Family's Here 29
Attendants from Hell 32
Best of the Best 38
Chapter 3 Financial Considerations 39
A Word on Budgeting 40
He Just Hired a Helicopter Limo! 41
Talking Turkey--and All the Rest 43
Your Economic Status 46
Start Off on the Right Foot 48
Plan for a Big Future 50
It's Your Money, So Keep It 53
Chapter 4 Reasons to Reconsider 57
Marry Me Now--or Never 58
Eloping on Military Time 60
It's a Matter of Trust 63
Family Troubles 65
I Just Want to Be a Bride 68
Not Without My Family 72
So What's Your Final Answer? 74
Chapter 5 Get Cracking! 75
A Planned Elopement 76
Whittling Down the Possibilities 76
Getting Creative 79
Wedding Wear 82
Who's in on This? 87
Dealing with Snags and Delays 88
Chapter 6 Easy Escapes 91
Popular Destinations 92
Off the Beaten Path 97
Consider the Details 98
There's a Place for You 101
Weekend Getaways 104
Simple Civil Ceremonies 107
Chapter 7 Elopement Fundamentals 111
Marriage License 112
Other Requirements 113
Marriage Overseas 115
Finding the Officiant 116
Don't Forget the Rings 120
Honeymoon Plans 125
Chapter 8 Personalizing Your Elopement 129
Wedding Vows 130
Sticking with Tradition 133
Including a Few VIPs 136
Wedding Mementos 138
Creative Keepsakes 142
Special Sites 144
Chapter 9 Coming Home Married 149
We Have Something to Tell You 150
Informing Your Estranged Family 154
Your New In-Laws 156
Smoothing Things Over 156
Getting over Wedding Fantasies 161
One Big Happy Family 164
Family Problems Solved 169
Chapter 10 Making Post-Elopement Rounds 171
Wedding Announcements 172
A Post-Wedding Reception 176
I Do, Redux 180
Look on the Bright Side 181
What about Gifts? 182
Drawing the Line 187
Chapter 11 Quieting the Naysayers 189
Initial Reactions 190
Wild Accusations 191
Handling the Negativity 192
Friends Behaving Badly 195
Lingering Negative Vibes 198
United You Stand 202
Chapter 12 Happily Ever After 207
Back to Normal Life 208
Family Finances 210
On the Home Front 214
Newlywed Trials 217
What Have I Gotten Myself Into? 221
When It's Time for Counseling 225
Appendix A Additional Resources 227
Appendix B Tipping Guide 231
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