The Bachelorette" star Trista Rehn married her final pick, fireman Ryan Sutter, in a lavish multi-million dollar extravaganza hosted by ABC. Nine years later -- on Dec. 1, 2012, to be exact -- "Bachelorette" Season 7 star Ashley Hebert will marry construction manager J.P. Rosenbaum, whom she gave her final rose to back in the spring of 2011.On Dec. 3, 2003, "
While Trista and Ryan are one of the happy "Bachelor" franchise stories (they're still together and have two young children), the long gap between "Bachelorette" weddings has many fans wondering what took so long. (Don't even ask about "Bachelor" weddings; only one has taken place out of 17 seasons, and the bride wasn't even the groom's final pick.)
But now, after a grueling nine-year wait, here are five things to know about Ashley and J.P.'s long overdue wedding day.
1. The wedding will be televised, and no detail will be overlooked, according to ABC. Viewers will get a peek at Ashley's dress fitting for her custom-made gown, sit in with her and J.P. as they meet with their wedding planner, and even get an inside look at the bachelor and bachelorette parties. According to In Touch Weekly, the couple stands to net a six-figure payout for televising their wedding.
2. The couple's wedding registry has been posted at MyRegistry.com, and they're not just looking for place settings and high thread-count sheets. Instead, their top requests are for cash contributions to charities like Action Against Hunger, Save the Children, and Alex's Lemonade Stand. The few actual gifts they've requested include a pitcher from Pottery Barn, lobster forks, crab claw crackers, espresso spoons, and an electric fondue set.
3. Neil Lane, the jeweler who provides all of the engagements rings for the "Bachelor" franchise, was also the source for Ashley and J.P.'s wedding bands. An insider told Us Weekly that the couple picked out their wedding bands at Lane's store in Los Angeles earlier this month. (Ashley's engagement ring is a Neil Lane 3.5-carat cushion-cut diamond.) The bride has also gone on record as saying her wedding dress won't be white.
4. While details on who's in the wedding party have been kept surprisingly under wraps, Ashley recently tweeted: "Seeing how much @AshleySpivey is working out for my wedding is making me think I should start." Spivey is one of her "Bachelor" cast mates and her best friend from the show, and it sounds like she's definitely in the wedding party. But will she be the maid of honor or will that important role go to Ashley's sister, Chrystie Corns, who famously dissed J.P. early on?
5. The guest list will be full of familiar faces -- to "Bachelor" fans, anyway. According to "Bachelor" spoiler king Reality Steve, the wedding will take place in California, and the guest list includes series alums Trista and Ryan Sutter, Jason and Molly Mesnick, Ashley Spivey, Ali Fedotowsky, Michelle Money, Graham Bunn, Ames Brown, Michael Stagliano, and next season's "Bachelor" star, Sean Lowe. Also in attendance will be "Bachelorette" Season 8 star Emily Maynard, who just endured a messy broken engagement of her own. According to Wetpaint, Emily won't be bringing a date to the wedding.
"The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.'s Wedding" will air on Sunday, 12/16 at 9 PM ET on ABC.
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