Dave Westfall is a true believer in small weddings and elopements. If you are going to need to be convinced to elope, this will be your Magna Carta. He writes in a concise style, and documents his philosophies with clear language, and solid arguments for why you should not have a BIG wedding. Westfall makes a compelling argument for not adding the financial stress (and other stressors) to the beginning of your marriage.
If this resonates with you, please consider how a unique ceremony may mean more to you, and a small wedding might be your best choice. The officiant will find the small connections for your meaningful service.
As a nondenominational minister for the past twelve years, I have seen my share of BIG weddings, small weddings, and elopements. It is always nice to see all of my brides and grooms smiling, but some of my biggest smiles have been my elopements. They walk out married, with a meaningful ceremony that they will remember forever, and with their budget intact. I’ve even had couples drive for hours, just to be married in my chapel. Was it my website (Ido-Idos.com), my calming demeanor, or that they get a wedding and mini vacation in a cool small city or town for a reasonable price?
This is a comprehensive book. I would encourage you and your beloved to read chapter one together, then decide which chapters are most important to you as a couple.
Westfall is an engaging writer, and eventually you’ll read most of the book. But for those of you with real or imaginary time pressures, take my advice and check out the worksheets that are worth the price of the book, all by themselves. For some of you, it will be the chapter on not alienating your family. You might just be surprised. Dad (and Mom) might just be thrilled!
Ronald Hunt, Wedding Officiant
Blessings Wedding Chapel
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