Imagine what it would be like if your boyfriend dropped to one knee and proposed, and asked to have the wedding the same week? For a California woman, this is pretty much what happened.
While many weddings take months or even years to plan, Emily Hardman wanted to keep things simple. When the man she'd known for 4 years and dated for one asked her to marry him on New Year's Eve 2017 with an engagement ring he'd bought at Walmart for less than $10, she said yes right away.
When Rob and Emily realized they wouldn't be able to get married for a year because of conflicting schedules, they decided to make the impossible happen: they'd plan the wedding and get married in 5 days!
"We knew at this point that that we wanted to get married and spend an eternity together," Hardman said, "We knew that we could either get married now or wait up to a year to make that happen. So I said challenge accepted, I’m going to do this in five days."
They were engaged on December 31 and got married on January 5, 2016. Emily got her dress the day before her wedding, and it was a skirt sewn by her mother and a shirt she bought for $10.
Hardman made three phone calls to get everything set for the wedding: to the banquet hall, the temple where they had the ceremony, and her parents. In order to invite her 100 guests, she sent out a selfie via text and urged her friends and family to RSVP that night.
Hardman says the entire wedding cost just $4,500, a far cry from today's lavish ceremonies. She didn't have flowers, but she didn't care.
"Everyone who came, they said it couldn't have been more perfect than if you had a whole year to plan it," Hardman said. "They said there was nothing that felt left out, there was nothing that felt rushed or undone."
She also added that she hopes her wedding would make couples think about what society and our consumerist culture expects of weddings.
"I hoped that it would at least cause someone who is planning their wedding, to say, 'Maybe I don’t need to spend $10,000 on the party favors,'" she said.
We want to know what you think! Was this couple cheaping out on the most important day of their lives or were they making an important point about what really matters in life?