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Eloping without witnesses?
My partner and I are thinking of eloping but just with our children and no witnesses. Is this possible?
Love and understanding
You must have two witnesses both over 18 but they don't have to be known to you. Registry offices can supply witnesses if required. Personally though I think you may regret such a marriage. While your personal reasons for eloping are none of my business, I do feel duty bound to suggest if a huge wedding is not for you (for whatever reason) then by all means choose a 'simple' low-key ceremony with a few friends and very close family – this can be so much nicer than eloping. I offer a budget package for just this reason which is actiually less than the cost of a registry office. Consider your own garden for example or a local park or if you want to go somewhere, that's fine have a distance marriage but do employ a celebrant and invite a few select people to make it a more romantic than a dull formalaic registry office affair.
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