This Couple Crowdfunded 38 Weddings Around The World Because People Are Suckers For Love
Weddings in the United States have become ultra-extravagant affairs. In fact, it was just reported last week that the average cost of a wedding is around $28,000. With numbers like that flying around, it’s hard to argue any extreme is out of the question, but one couple is putting a unique twist on their nuptials that seems a little bit overboard.
Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard, both acrobats from California, are currently on an 83-day trip around the world, getting married 38 times in different countries, and doing it mostly on someone else’s dime. The couple crowdfunded their wedding trip with donations from friends, family, and internet strangers on HoneyFund, a honeymoon crowdfunding website.
Platt and Woodyard told People magazine they couldn’t decide what sort of wedding they wanted and were frustrated with the expense of wedding planning, as they only had enough money for an ‘adequate wedding’ instead of a ‘perfect’ one, so they bought a suit and a dress, purchased a pair of lovely diamond rings, got ordained to perform their own ceremonies, and let their friends and family foot the bill for most of the rest in lieu of traditional gifts. After their appearance in People, random strangers online even started chipping in.
The couple’s HoneyFund page has options to purchase hotel stays, motorcycle tours, snorkeling tours, plane tickets, elephant rides, and everything else they’ll need on their adventure. When they get done traveling, they’re having a ‘crazy’ reception with ‘tag, relay races, ball pits and more,’ which friends and family also funded using their HoneyFund page because nothing says thanks quite like letting people pay their way to a party to celebrate the 38 weddings they just bought you.
The pair has been quick to downplay the extravagance of their wedding plans by pointing out how hard they tried to cut costs and keep things cheap, but that doesn’t really change the fact that this is excessive and honestly sort of tacky.Â HoneyFund exists for people to gift honeymoons, but contributing to a honeymoon fund or buying an extravagant gift is usually a gesture people make after you’ve invited (and paid for) them to be present at the celebration of your union. Asking people to pay for an 83-day wedding tour they aren’t even invited to and then pay for your reception just seems rude, no matter how ‘cheap’ it is.
Still, they got people to do it. Almost every item on their HoneyFund list has been paid for and Cheetah’s Instagram account is loaded with photos of their various ceremonies. ‘Adequate’ would have been fine, but it seems Cheetah and Rhiann aren’t the only ones who felt they deserved a ‘perfect’ wedding.