Planning weddings can be gruesome. Hours of cake tasting, registering for gifts, designing invitations, picking colors, choosing flowers, planning food and dress shopping can create enough stress to make any bride scream. One LDS bride, however, planned her entire wedding in only five days, according to an article from The New York Times.
“Is this a joke?” The banquet coordinator questioned when Emily Hardman told her that she was getting married in only five days. Due to constraints with their jobs, Hardman and her new fiance decided a five-day engagement was their only option, “And no, I’m not pregnant,” Hardman wrote in the article.
With so little time to plan the wedding, Hardman had to prioritize. “With each social expectation for weddings,” she wrote in the article, “I asked myself: 'Does this achieve the goal of making the people at my wedding feel loved and appreciated for the role they play in my life? Will it help strengthen my marriage and the promises we made to each other?' If the answer was no, I didn’t waste any more time.”
The main image in the story shows the bride, groom and wedding party in front of the Salt Lake Temple and Hardman explains that knowing where she wanted to get married ahead of time aided in the quick turnaround.
"The third call that afternoon was to the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," Hardman said. "I wasn’t concerned about getting a slot at the temple because early Tuesday morning isn’t prime time for weddings."
Hardman had to make some last-minute decisions, like asking her mom to sew a skirt to serve as her wedding dress, sending invitations out over text and completely forgoing flowers. She said in the article that this crunch time decision-making helped her take a step back and put things in perspective.
“I now appreciate applying this to other areas of life. Is where we go to dinner eternally significant? If not, it’s not worth arguing over. Do party favors for the barbecue you’re giving matter? Probably not. Enjoy the path of least resistance," Hardman advised. "If it truly represents the most important elements of your life and relationship, put time, energy and creativity into it. If not, do yourself a favor and skip the stress.”
Read the full article here.