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A little bit of romance, goes a long way ...
A little bit of romance, goes a long way ...

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Hppy 2017! There are tons of couples out there who celebrated getting engaged over the holiday season, congratulations! This exciting life change and the fresh start of a new year brings on a lot of new year new me lists. If you have already started wedding planning, you may see some of these common resolutions popping into your head. Before you go quit your job and buy a gym membership, stop and think about what you really want to change! Read more on http://blog.ellope.com/new-year-new-me/

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Wow, 10k followers! We are so thankful for all the support we have received these past few months. It has given us a reason to pause and remember why the heck we are doing this whole thing! Cheers to getting married in whatever way you please!

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Marriage is a partnership and the wedding is the ceremonial beginning of the deal. It should be natural that both sides of the couple take a vested interest in the planning of this meaningful day. For many, wedding planning is an unexpected relationship challenge. It could be that frankly one part of the couple simply isn’t the planning type or one of you is a little more dominating and controlling and has an uncompromising vision of the wedding already. Mix in a little bit of traditional gender roles and that the fact that you have life commitments outside of party planning and you have an interesting potential storm brewing. Partnerships don’t mean that you always split up duties 50/50. You both have strengths and challenges and you can capitalize on that by dividing up wedding duties accordingly. Explore these ways to ensure that wedding planning does not become your relationship undoing. Read more on www.blog.ellope.com

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Trends are momentary, marriage is forever. You should not feel compelled to get married in a fashionable or “cool” way. This is a meaningful celebration that deserves a lot of respect. Letting your commitment be overshadowed by having a really good photo to post online is just as off the mark as having a 300-person reception and not seeing your new partner the whole night. If your reasons WHY you are getting married remain at the forefront of your mind, then your decisions for HOW you do it will naturally fall into place.

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You eloped on a mountain top or in a sleepy European village. Then, you honeymooned exploring South America or relaxing on the beaches of Thailand. Now it’s the first anniversary… frick! How am I supposed to plan something that follows the amazing adventure our wedding was?! I started to develop some anxiety over the fact that we were going to have to spend every year trying to top the previous experience. How can anyone keep up with that?! The truth is I can’t. Honestly, we are still a little broke from international travels and, well, life in general. Then I realized the same thing that happens to people planning weddings was happening to me now for the first anniversary. Really, who am I trying to compete with? Will my new husband be disappointed if I don’t plan some mind blowing surprise? I doubt it. Is it realistic to plan major travel every year on this particular day? Probably not. So I started thinking of some ways to celebrate the day that encompasses the right amount of cutesy cheesiness and still reminds us why we decided on becoming partners for life. Read more on www.blog.ellope.com

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Do you and your partner really want to elope but feel obliged to (or want to!) provide your friends and family with some sort of wedding-esque involvement? The elope now, party later approach may be for you. A lot of couples opt to have a reception-like celebration after their intimate ceremony. On a personal note, this is an idea we toyed with. I thought about it mostly before I told my mom. When I wanted something that might soften the blow of the news we were eloping. You have to be careful here though. My mom’s first response was that she already had a location picked out and I was going to have to wear my wedding dress again. Whoa, hold on there! We already got married, this is just a get together, not a second wedding! I think you have to be very clear when you go this route so that no one has any unrealistic expectations of what it is. Choose your nouns carefully. By calling it a reception or not being clear on the invitation that you are already married, some guest may be assuming they are attending a wedding ceremony. Be clear early on so you can avoid hurt feelings later. Read more on www.blog.ellope.com ...

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Dreams of romance and adventure look different for each person. My personal experience of an elopement destination was a random choice on the southern coast of Italy. We had no reason to pick the place besides a Google image search, and IT WAS PERFECT! We want to help you broaden your horizons to new possibilities so you can take the leap. The opportunities are endless! Today we are talking with the good people at Appetit weddings in Majorca to see if they can tempt us with a Spanish island paradise.

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Some families require a delicate approach when disclosing you have chosen a small wedding. How you first share the news can be critical for setting the tone of the whole conversation. You probably have a pretty good idea how your friends and family will take the news but don’t always assume the worst. Stay positive and think about some the following things when presenting your wonderful news… Read more on www.blog.ellope.com

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Amy was between her first and second years of medical school and had just completed a pediatric research fellowship in Buenos Aires. She decided to travel to Brazil for a quick vacation before starting the new school year in NYC. On the very first morning at her stay in Rio Hostel, she met a tall friendly Englishman who also happened to be a guest at this hostel. His name was Matt and when he wasn’t working on a boat as a sailor somewhere in the high seas, he would be exploring the world on land by foot. This time, his vacation travels brought him to the same hostel as Amy. They spent their first days in Rio together, getting to know the new city and each other with an insatiable sense of curiosity. Amy extended her vacation to stay another 2 weeks with Matt. They spent their days traveling along the coast, island hopping, surfing, drinking caipirinhas and eating acai berry ices. They got matching tattoos. He bought a malleable wire ring from a local artist and proposed to her on the streets of Lapa. Read more at blog.ellope.com

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Some amount of stress is expected and normal for any type of #wedding. I mean, it really is a big deal day. However, there comes a point where sometimes that stress overtakes you and you lose sight of the big picture. Usually, that point reveals itself when you start “joking” about eloping. Well eloping isn’t the runaway plan it used to be. It can be a very planned and well thought out decision for many couples. I know not everyone dreams of an #intimate wedding like I did, but if you are planning a traditional wedding, pay attention to these stressors that might be signaling you to consider #eloping, or just taking a breath to re-evaluate things. Read more at: www.blog.ellope.com
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