A wedding ceremony entails so many things – a wedding dress, a theme, a place, flowers, food, wedding china, seating charts, and other such odds and ends that seem never ending. But the problem arises when you and your fiancé can’t agree on a specific theme and location for the ceremony to take place. While some may go for a destination wedding at a beautiful island, others might opt for something ostentatious at an opulent palace. Even others might go for a sunset wedding at a beach.
But why restrict your once in a lifetime wedding ceremony to just one place? Why limit your choices by sticking to tradition?
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That is exactly what a Los Angeles couple has done.
Meet Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard. Platt, 30, and Woodyard, 32, have come up with the mother of all wedding ceremonies, which will leave you green with envy. The couple who got engaged last year, couldn’t settle on a specific wedding theme/idea for their big day. So, the ingenious, acrobatic couple came up with the ultimate way of celebrating their love for each other by getting married in as many places around the world as possible – in just under 3 months!
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This multiple epic wedding ceremony of theirs started on February 8th, when they headed to Bogota, Colombia, with their two big backpacks containing their wedding attire. During this globe-trotting adventure wedding of theirs, the duo hopes to visit 11 countries and have 38 wedding ceremonies in 83 days.
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What’s more, the couple revealed that this epic adventure of theirs has worked out cheaper than a traditional one-day white wedding affair. They booked all of their flights for less than $3000 per person, which is a far cry from the $30,000 – the cost of an average American wedding.
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Another point of note about this couple is that both of them are professional acrobats, which adds an extra zing to their already grand adventure. And since the pair has been officially ordained, they could have a wedding ceremony anywhere they want.
“A lot of women spend a whole lot of time and stress and money on their one day and then it’s over,” said Woodyard. “I love that I get to marry [Platt] over and over again. It’s exciting that it’s not just done in one day.”
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As of Saturday, 21st March, the couple had gotten married 21 times, and they still had 17 more to go as per their plan.
For bride Rhiann Woodyard, the ceremony in India’s centuries-old Ajanta Caves, which are a series of Buddhist temples carved into the side of a mountain, is the most memorable.
“It is such a surreal experience.”
As for the groom, Platt, “riding camels across the sand, then standing in the ancient Egyptian desert and marrying the love my life in front of the pyramids of Giza,” is what he cherishes the most.
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Learning about the couple’s adventure wedding ceremony, they have been contacted by several couples from across the world. But the pair cautions that this type of wedding might not be everyone’s cup of tea. They stressed the need for every couple to think about what would make their wedding a perfect one, and then go for it.
“If you are open to changing tradition and exploring other options, you can absolutely create (and afford) the perfect wedding for YOU,” said the couple.
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Further, the newlywed couple plans to hold a ceremony for their near and dear ones in Big Bear, a small mountain-top town near Los Angeles. They said,
“Nothing will change with the wedding itself, but we can’t wait to share it with our family.”
This pair sure does know how to make grand memories. Their one of a kind wedding ceremony in 6 continents, 11 countries, and saying ‘I do’ in 38 weddings is sure one for the history books. Congratulations to the many-times-wed couple!