Elizabeth Smart’s Super-Fast Wedding Plan Revealed

Elizabeth Smart

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updated 02/20/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 02/20/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET

While the average bride spends about 250 hours planning a wedding, Elizabeth Smart proved she is definitely not average, finalizing her wedding plans in record time.

Smart, 24, and Matthew Gilmour, 22, who have dated for a year, were engaged just last month. Smart initially expected to have a summer wedding but moved the date up two weeks ago.

“It’s everything you can imagine with planning a wedding,” Smart tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Only, it’s compressed into a few days.”

Smart spoke about child advocacy at a South Carolina function just days before she flew with her parents, Ed and Lois Smart, from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Hawaii to marry Gilmour. The private ceremony, attended by family, was held Saturday afternoon.

With all the details of a destination wedding to arrange and manage, Smart laughed over trying to secure the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” for her big day.

“Are you kidding?” she says. “There’s been no time!”

For exclusive photos and all the details of the wedding (and Smart’s dress!), pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday


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