According to Platt, in their budget, they could afford an ‘acceptable wedding’, but not their ‘perfect wedding’. Aside from that, they just couldn’t decide what they wanted – they liked night wedding but also saw the appeal of getting married during the day. Outdoor weddings were nice, but so also were indoor weddings. So instead of deciding on one or the other, the couple bought a $100 tuxedo and a $100 dress, packed them in their respective backpacks and set off to get married all over the world, as many times as they could.
However, just like any other normal wedding, their adventure also took some planning, and with a 12-country tour, it wasn’t easy to pull off
According to Woodyard, it took them eight months to plan the whole thing, even though the only components of their trip that they figured out before they left were transportation and lodging. In addition to how to get there and where they’re going to sleep, the rest of their trip is up in the air. None of their weddings is planned; rather, they find each ‘venue’ as they go. Their spontaneous attitude towards marriage may be unconventional, but for them, the mechanics work. Each wedding lasts only two to four minutes, depending on the time constraints dictated by the ceremony’s locale.
Also, no outside officiator is present during their weddings. Both Woodyard and Platt were ordained online and are conducting ‘self-unifying ceremonies,’ in which they marry each other. It’s a practice that’s legal in several states, and “once we found that out,” Platt says, “we thought, that is us.” Though the ceremonies were conducted without restrictions, the couple did introduce a special requirement for their travels: They have to wear white – a rule that mostly came about because they thought it was cute. “We’re dorky and we like to match,” Woodyard admits.They also thought it was a way to make the experience even more personal.
“We wanted this to be really be our wedding,” Platt says. “And in our wedding, we wear all white.” On April 18, the two plan to marry in Big Bear Lake, California, with their friends and family watching. The newly married (and soon to be married again) pair may be seeing the world, but if anything, their three-month-long wedding is only making them want to travel even more.As Woodyard says: “It’s been enough time for a wedding and to meet people and to know that we want to go back.”