Emily Hardman said there were only two times she felt momentary anxiety: when she didn’t have a dress, and when she couldn’t quite figure out the flow of the reception program.
Emily Hardman said there were only two times she felt momentary anxiety: when she didn’t have a dress, and when she couldn’t quite figure out the flow of the reception program. “But then I decided to let it go, figuring it would work out, and that people couldn’t really be disappointed with five days of wedding planning,” she said. “It’s amazing how fast you can actually plan a wedding.”
Here’s a rough breakdown of her efforts:THURSDAY (New Year’s Eve, 2015) Emily and Rob Reading were engaged while on vacation, hiking in the Sedona Verde Valley of Arizona. (Earlier that day, while buying groceries at Walmart for the adventure, he bought an $8.88 ring.) Once they hiked out of the valley and had cellphone reception, she started making calls. Her first call was to the Empire Room at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City to plan a luncheon reception. Her second call was to her parents. Then she called the Salt Lake Temple before contacting two of her closest friends, who agreed to be her photographer and to do her hair and makeup. After all this, she sent a flurry of texts to invite guests.
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FRIDAY (New Year’s Day 2016) They found a $32 ring for Rob at a mall kiosk in Phoenix. Rob called a friend in California, with whom he was staying after recently being transferred from London to the Bay Area for work. Rob asked him to grab his nice shoes (most of his belongings were being shipped from London by boat) and bring them to Salt Lake City. “I had packed the suit in case we went to church,” Rob said later. “I don’t remember thinking it would be used in a wedding.” Emily began searching for a dress. She also secured an M.C. and performers for the reception. Rob drove to St. George, Utah, to visit his best friend and have an impromptu bachelor’s party.
SATURDAY Emily searched for a dress again at malls and shops, eventually buying a $10 Charlotte Russe white lace top. She flew from Phoenix to Salt Lake City, planning the program on the plane. She sent wedding logistics to her guests, performers and M.C., and finished writing her speech.
SUNDAY She went to church, then did a trial run for her wedding hair and makeup with her friend. She later went to her parents’ house to discuss a dress. With no set plan, her mother said she would sleep on it.
MONDAY She confirmed logistics (it would be buffet style) with the banquet hall. Having told the banquet coordinator that her extended family is composed mostly of farmers, she said: “Whatever is the most popular meat-and-potatoes dish — I’m just going to defer to you. I’m not picky.” Emily’s mother measured, designed, sewed, fitted and, after eight hours of work, finished making the wedding skirt.
TUESDAY Emily’s hair and makeup were done in the early morning. Then the couple met about 50 friends and family members at the Salt Lake Temple. A luncheon celebration for 100 followed.
BOTTOM LINE The couple spent about $4,500 (nearly $4,000 was for the reception, $40.88 on rings and $395 on photography, hair and makeup) and 26 hours planning the wedding. They spent nothing on stressing the details.
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