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7 Reasons Not To Elope

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7 Reasons Not To Elope

Nowadays, some engaged couples decide to elope because they cannot deal with the stress and expenses linked with weddings. However, there is still something exciting, meaningful and fascinating about weddings that draw couples toward this once-in-a-lifetime event. Below are among the 7 reasons not to elope and have a wedding instead.

1. Weddings are sentimental.

Wouldn’t you just want your father to take you down the aisle and present you to your husband-to-be who’s waiting for you at the altar? This is a tear-jerking experience for all brides, and they all want to have this golden moment that will forever be etched in their memory. If you elope, you’ll miss this moment.

2. Make your childhood dream a reality.

Have you always been the kind of a girl who would fantasize about weddings and wear a towel over your head, pretending it’s a veil? Or perhaps, you have a sketchbook with your own drawing of a gown you designed while daydreaming? Well, a wedding can turn all of these into reality, but eloping won’t.

3. Put your scrapbook to use.

Okay, so maybe you never walked around with a towel or bed sheet and fantasized about wearing a wedding veil. But, maybe you’re the type who has a scrapbook of must-haves for your future wedding. From your ideal venue, centerpiece, decor and bouquet, pictures of these items are probably posted in your scrapbook. Hence, planning for your wedding should be somehow easier as you consult with your wedding scrapbook and talk about it with your fiancé.

4. Have a professional photographer capture your wedding.

When you and your husband grow old together, you’ll love being able to flip through the pages of your wedding album. You can look back on this event and reminisce with your spouse, since pictures make memories come alive.

5. You want to have witnesses to the event.

Sure, there’s something romantic about eloping (just think about Romeo and Juliet), but don’t you want to shout to the world that you’re married by having actual witnesses to this event? With a wedding, you can invite family members and friends, have the ceremony presided by a religious leader or judge, and allow these people to witness the love you share with your husband-to-be. If you choose to elope, the whole thing will only be about you and your fiancé.

6. The day you say “I do” should be a special day.

You have been waiting so long for this day to arrive, so it is only fair that it becomes a special day to remember for the rest of your life. A wedding is the best way to highlight the exchange of vows between you and your partner, which your loved ones can witness to.

7. The expenses are well worth it.

In the end, the amount of time, money and energy you exert for this event are all worth it. Seeing your loved ones happy, making your dreams come true, and expressing how much you are proud of your partner are priceless. A wedding may be costly, but there are always some ways to narrow down your budget.

Make your dream happen and let everyone know about it with a well-planned and meaningful wedding.

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