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ABC's The Bachelor is about to improve on its dismal matchmaking record. Out of 17 seasons, plus nine seasons of The Bachelorette, the show has produced only three marriages.
But hold on now! The engaged couple who emerged from latest season of The Bachelorette -- Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried -- appear to be truly headed for the altar (at least so far). And the latest Bachelor, Sean Lowe, has set a wedding date for his union with Catherine Giudici!
After getting engaged in November of 2012, the couple will tie the knot on January 26, 2014, in a ceremony that will be televised live on ABC. Hopefully that wedding date will arrive in time for fans to remember the couple, whose season started out quietly but ended strong. (Though it had the show's lowest-rated season premiere to date, Lowe's season ended with a solid 10 million viewers tuning in to see him propose to Giudici.)
Will the wedding be worth watching? It would certainly be more enticing if producers revealed that Catherine Giudici was related to Joe and Teresa Giudice -- and that the whole gang from The Real Housewives of New Jersey was invited! (Sadly, she appears to be no relation to Bravo's outspoken table-flippers.)
But the live aspect of the wedding should prove exciting. Sean and Catherine are nothing if not polite, but surely one of them will have a drunk relation who'll spout off for the cameras -- leading host Chris Harrison to dub it "the most dramatic ceremony yet!" Well, we can dream...
Though Catherine has enlisted 12 bridesmaids, the ceremony itself probably won't resemble the explosion of pink that marked Trista Rehn's fairy tale wedding to Ryan Sutter, back in 2002. Her dress, at least, won't be as poufy. "I know I want it to be form-fitting," she told People. "Not too princessy."
Here's a look back at some of the other reality TV weddings that preceded this one.
ABC footed the $1 million bill for the nuptials of Trista and Ryan Sutter. But then, the network did get 26 million viewers in return! Here's a news clip of the couple 10 years later, which includes footage of the wedding:
Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney made their love official in a rain-soaked ceremony in February of 2010, with Gavin DeGraw providing the music at the reception. The two-hour special aired the following month.
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert married in December 2012, with several Bachelor/Bachelorette alums, including Lowe and Giudici, in attendance.
Survivor winner Rob Mariano married fellow contestant (and later, Amazing Race partner) Amber Brkich in a ceremony televised by CBS in May 2005. "I definitely got my fairy tale wedding," said Brkich. She also got a gospel choir and BeBe Winans to lead it.
Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly of Big Brother allowed WE tv to film their nuptials in December of 2012, which aired as the season finale of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. In keeping with the tradition of this show's…uh, entertaining take on weddings, Rachel spouted comments like, "Don't make me go brideszilla on you."
Will Sean and Catherine's wedding be anything close to this crazy? We can only hope.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.