This 1 Couple Is Having 38 Weddings This Year
Why have just one wedding when you could have 38? To some that might sound like a nightmare, but to the professional aerial and pole arts performing duo, Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard, it’s kind of a dream come true. To say this couple is taking the whole elopement idea to another level would be an understatement.
After Platt and Woodyard, who are both Los Angeles dwellers, got engaged they struggled to decide on a specific place, theme or idea for their wedding. After checking out some California-based venues they realized nothing felt special and everything was super expensive. So instead, the two ditched the idea of a traditional wedding and instead decided to take an 83 day trip around the world where they would get hitched 38 times – on every continent besides Antarctica.
And the real kicker to this extravagant idea? It’s only costing them about $3,000 each. Through extensive budgeting and research, the couple managed to find two around-the-world flights for a fraction of what a wedding would have cost. Platt and Woodyard started their journey in Columbia and have already made it to Spain, Ireland, Kenya, Egypt, Morocco, India and Thailand. To keep things super intimate, both of them became ordained online before they departed so that they could perform thier own self-unifying ceremonies.
The couple told BuzzFeed, “I feel like there are more people sharing this wedding with us than if we had rented a single venue for a single day and tried to invite everyone in the world that we knew.” The couple’s family and friends wont have to settle for celebrating solely via Facebook. Once Platt and Woodyard arrive back in the US they have plans to embark upon a motorcycle trip where the two of them will hold ceremonies at national parks – one of which their entire family will be invited to.
We have just one last question, when will these two crazy kids celebrate their wedding anniversary? It seems like 83 days of celebrations might just be the only reasonable solution.
Would you be up for ditching the idea of a traditional wedding for an adventure like this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.
(Photos via Cheetah & Rhiann’s Worldwide Wedding)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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