Friday, 27 May 2011

Let's Elope!

As with everything I like to get Wiki's view on things and here is what they have to say about eloping! 

To elope, most literally, merely means to run away, and to not come back to the point of origination.[1] More specifically, elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving hurried flight away from one's place of residence together with one's beloved with the intention of getting married.

In England, a legal prerequisite of marriage is the "reading of the banns" — for the three Sundays prior to the intended date of the ceremony, the names of every couple intending marriage has to be read aloud by the priest(s) of their parish(es) of residence, or the posting of a 'Notice of Intent to Marry' in the registry office for Civil ceremonies. The intention of this is to prevent bigamy or other unlawful marriages by giving fair warning to anybody who might have a legal right to object.[2] In practice, however, it also gives warning to the couples' parents, who sometimes objected on purely personal grounds. To contravene this law, it is necessary to get a special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury — or to flee somewhere the law did not apply, across the border to Gretna Green, Scotland, for instance.

Today the term "elopement" is colloquially used for any marriage performed in haste or in private or without a public period of engagement. Some couples elope because they dislike or cannot afford an expensive wedding ceremony, or wish to avoid objections from parents.

As it looks like I'll be eloping (yay) at some point, here are a few options for those also choosing a private ceremony!

http://www.marryabroad.co.uk/elope-abroad.shtml

http://www.letsrunoff.com/

http://www.wikihow.com/Elope-in-Las-Vegas

http://www.talktalk.co.uk/lifestyle/weddings/features/unusual-places-to-marry.html

http://www.weddingguideuk.com/articles/legal/scotland.asp

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