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Here's a guide for couples willing to break some traditional rules. Behan and Shaw, who eloped with his wife in 1997, offer a short history of elopement and talk about reasons modern couples elope: stress reduction, finances, and the desire to be unique. They define elopement today as anything other than the big, traditional wedding and discuss options ranging from minimally planned escape elopements to some of the hybrid wedding-elopement choices like surprise weddings, dinner-party weddings, destination weddings, and theme weddings also covered extensively in Robin Kring's Storybook Weddings (Meadowbrook, 1998). Sidebars feature happy couples discussing their elopements, while a quiz helps readers identify which elopement option is right for them. Sections on communicating the big decision to others and elopement etiquette are quite helpful. More than half of the book discusses where to wed, offering tips on web sites, wedding packages, and favorite, romantic, and exotic locales. For all collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Can't cope? Elope!

Admit it. You always thought eloping sounded kind of romantic, right? Too bad everyone expects you to have The Big Wedding -- the kind you always thought you wanted. So now that you're engaged and knee-deep in wedding planning, why are you secretly wishing you could just fly off to a tropical island and say your I do's in your bathing suit?

Well, you can! There are many different ways to elope -- and not all of them involve running off in the middle of the night. These days, "eloping" is anything other than a traditional wedding -- from a steps-of-city-hall ceremony with just the two of you, to a fun-filled "destination wedding" with your family and closest friends.

Let's Elope
is filled with creative ideas for exchanging your vows in a memorable, personalized way that won't necessarily cost you a fortune -- or your sanity. Let's Elope includes:
* A brief history of weddings -- and why people first began to elope
* A quiz to help you decide if eloping is right for you
* Inspiring anecdotes from real-life couples who chose to opt out of a traditional wedding
* Elopement etiquette, including how to break the news to your family and friends
* Information on how to plan destination weddings, country weekend weddings, and surprise weddings
* Up-to-the-minute addresses, phone numbers, and Web sites for the world's top elopement spots
* Tons of ideas about what to do with all the money you saved!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553380826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553380828
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By X on July 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as soon as my fiance and I were engaged, excitted about the prospect of eloping. Reading it will get you excited about eloping, show you that it can be done, and give you some general ideas as to how to start the process, but when it comes down to it, the book does not offer that great of advice.
I highly recommend that you consider buying "Beyond Vegas" by Lisa Tabb and Sam Silverstine instead of "Let's Elope." We ended up buying both of them in the end, and actually using the information in BV to plan our wedding in Scotland. Unlike with Let's Elope, the authors actually got married in all of the destinations discussed in there books, and give all the pointers you need, not just what can be found on the official country registrar web sites.
Have fun with it. But don't buy two books when one will do.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
Since my engagement over a year ago, I have been delicately evasive when asked the constant When's-the-date? question. I adore my fiancé and am ecstatic at the idea of our spending the rest of our lives with each other. Still, I've seen too many of my supposedly level-headed friends get in over their heads during the planning of a wedding: finances spiraling out of control, knock-down drag-out fights over minute details, overbearing mothers-of-the-bride...you name it.
Enter "Let's Elope : The Definitive Guide to Eloping, Destination Weddings, and Other Creative Wedding Options". I found it on a display at Barnes and Noble, hidden behind a ponderous book on wedding floral arrangements. At last! A book that confirms what I've suspected all along! Beahan and Shaw cover alternatives to a traditional wedding in a lighthearted, hilarious style. I loved the sections about throwing a "Surprise Wedding" and breaking the elopement news gently to loved ones. The how-to half of the book is chock-full of ideas on holding your wedding anywhere from Nantucket to Scotland to Fiji. My only disappointment is that their website ([...]) isn't ready yet. You can be sure that I'm buying additional copies and shipping these anonymously to my family and friends!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By margieco on July 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping for some research on wedding locations. Instead, this book spends a bit of time in each chapter reminding you of the benefits of eloping and querying you to make certain you want to elope.

I know I don't want a wedding. I was just hoping for some well-researched advice on locations where I could get married and have my marriage legal in the US. Felt too much like a traditional wedding book to me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alison on January 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the best of several books I've looked at about planning and executing a wedding far away. Most of the others are for people planning a big fru-fru wedding in an exotic locale. This one will be helpful to those people, but actually has useful advice for people who really want to elope or at least have a very small, simple wedding away from home.
The first half of the book is devoted to convincing you that elopement is okay. That's probably good for people who aren't convinced yet, but I didn't find it that useful. The truly useful part of the book is the last half where they list popular elopement locations and a lot of information about local rules and customs as well as contacts (phone and internet) for more information. My only complaint is that this part of the book isn't longer, but it is still the best resource that I've found. I hope future editions will expand their list of locations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CMOS on May 25, 2007
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Far more couples than anyone might suspect, would, if they were honest with themselves, reaize that a planned elopement could / would have saved them endless headaches and a lot of money. Elopement is not just two wide-eyed teenagers, running away from home to get married. It can be a very respectable, honorable thing, if done in the right way. This book gives you a lot of advice on what is the right way and what is the wrong way.

Every family and couple is different of course, but the truth is, for most families and friends, all they really want is for the both of you to be happy. And if they thought a small wedding of 6 people, in a favorite destination of yours, on two weeks notice, was what would make you happy... they'd want you to do it.

Don't be afraid to offend or hurt feelings, because chances are good elopement would not offend or hurt anyone's feelings, if you plan and communicated your plan properly. It's not for everyone of course, but it's a thought raised in the minds of far more couples than will ever let on. Think about it, read the book, and decided if it's for you. There are 100 different ideas here that will spur 100 more and might just result in your dream wedding. Don't discount it because of the taboo associated with the word "elope"!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Laszlo on January 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is one great book.
It combines humor with useful, practical tips on where to go for that perfect wedding getaway....with or without meddling family and friends. Clearly, a lot of research has gone into this book.
It is extremely well organized and is a "must-have" for anyone planning a wedding getaway.
I like to think of it as a studied lens on where to go to find a perfect environ, best suited to the desires of you and your soon-to-be-more-than-significant-other, to combine romance, intrigue, privacy and adventure before embarking on the ultimate adventure, namely, matrimony.
Well worth the time and money to read.
Andy L.
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