Holy holy moly! Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici got engaged months ago, and it is FINALLY time for them to get married! MARRIED. That's right, fans and fictional friends of ours. On Sunday, January 26, they're getting hitched on ABC, and we are all invited! We'll be there with bells and pizza crumbs on, and we expect you to be too. But because a Bachelor wedding is akin to a marathon, you can't just go into this thing with cold muscles and a stomach full of wine (figuratively, because you can definitely do that) — you have to prime your nerves for everything that's about to happen.
With that in mind, we have a complete guide to everything you could ever need or want to know about SeanCat's wedding.
The Wedding Will Take Place on Sunday, January 26
Whereas other couples — Trista and Ryan, Jason and Molly, Ashley and JP — got married and aired their weddings a few days later, SeanCat is taking it a step further: They're just gonna show the dang thing in real time. Brave? Yes, but not surprising for a couple that seems so comfortable being themselves.
They're Having an Outdoor Wedding In Santa Barbara!
Originally, Sean saied that he and Catherine wanted an "outdoor wedding in the L.A. area." After all, the beginning of their relationship blossomed in the City of Angels, and they lived there post-Bachelor finale, thanks to Sean's stint on Dancing With the Stars.
A source zoomed in on one particular area of Cali back in November, when Wetpaint Entertainment was told that the wedding will be "100% in Santa Barbara," and we have our money on one place in particular. At just a couple hours outside of Los Angeles, guests can choose to stay in Santa B or LA. And just this week, it was confirmed that the wedding will take place at the Four Seasons Resort Biltmore in Santa Barbara. Check it out, it looks amazing!
It Will Be Televised — Live!
Fear not, Bachelor addicts — Sean and Catherine's nuptials are coming to a small screen near you. "I think it's only fitting," Sean explains. "Our relationship was started and created on TV, so we could solidify it there as well."
Lindsay Yenter Could Be In Attendance
Who knows if Sean and Catherine will invite The Bachelor runner-up Lindsay Yenter to their wedding, but she's game if they are! "Of course I would come. We have a friendship, so it's great," she said back in March. Have things changed since then? We don't know, because we haven't had an update in quite a while about her status! We'll keep our fingers crossed that she's there with boyfriend Karl to watch the big day, but we'd understand if she wasn't...
Desiree Hartsock Is Going!
We caught up with Des back in October 2013, and the gorgeous Season 9 Bachelorette told Wetpaint, “(Chris Siegfried and I) haven’t been invited yet, but if we are then we will definitely support them and go.” Well, it looks like she got her wish, assuming she was hoping to get an invite in the mail. A few days ago, a source confirmed to Wetpaint that as one of ABC's success stories, Chris and Des will definitely be heading to Santa Barbara for the big day.
Catherine's Dad Will Walk Her Down The Aisle
Catherine revealed just a few days after announcing her engagement that her formerly estranged father, Carey Giudici (who had a famously mixed effect on Catherine’s childhood), will most definitely be giving her away. “He will be walking me down the aisle,” she said. “My dad, I love him so much.... I just wanted to reiterate the fact that he is such a part of my life and I love him so much, and I'm excited for him to be part of the wedding.”
Chris Harrison Will NOT Officiate — But Sean's Dad Will!
Bachelor host Chris Harrison might have officiated Ashley Hebert's wedding to her Bachelorette fiance, J.P. Rosenbaum, but he won't be joining Sean and Catherine's hands in marriage. “I doubt Chris will be officiating only because, you know, my dad is an ordained minister, my grandfather is a minister, there is a lot of ministers in line that might supercede Chris Harrison,” Sean explains.
On November 26, Sean confirmed that his dad, Jay Lowe, who we first met on The Bachelorette, will be officiating the ceremony. “I can’t think of a more godly man to conduct the ceremony,” Sean told Life & Style. “My dad has had such a powerful and positive influence on my life, I thought it was only fitting to have him officiate our wedding.”
They Picked Their Wedding Dance — But Are They Sticking To It?
Sean's Dancing With The Stars pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, taught him some fancy footwork in anticipation of his wedding to Catherine Giudici, and it looks like this happy couple will be doing the waltz for their first dance as man and wife! “He'll want a beautiful waltz to be choreographed," Peta says. "He's asked me to do that. We've spoken about that.”
However things may have changed since March, when Sean and Peta got close on the dance floor. Back in December, a source confirmed to Wetpaint that Peta would not be invited to his wedding to Catherine. “They’re only inviting close friends and family,” a source told us. “While Sean really enjoyed working with Peta on the show, they had to make some tough calls to make sure the wedding was a manageable size for the venue.”
The Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties Will Not Be Shown on the Special
Though a big bunch of specials were all set for January before the December Bachelor and Bachelorette parties, there isn't time for everything. One of our favorite parts of Ashley and J.P.'s wedding special was watching Ash and her pals hang around on some poles during a pole dancing Bachelorette party. Catherine hit up Miami with some gal pals, while Sean went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But this time around, the Bachelor and Bachelorette parties were not taped, so we'll just have to imagine what happened.
The Wedding Will Be a Huge Party
Back in his Dancing With the Stars days, Sean and Catherine revealed that they want a big party, and they've definitely stuck to it, confirming this fact in a numerous interviews.
Emily Maynard is NOT Welcome
While Sean "thinks the world" of Emily, sources close to The Bachelor say that she “will NOT be at this wedding. It would be way too awkward.” While another source thinks that ABC might have pushed for her to come, the newly engaged Season 8 Bachelorette will likely be MIA.
Lesley Murphy is in the Wedding, and Isn't the Only Bach Alum In the Wedding Party
Cat and Les were BFF on the show, and even though the fifth place finisher said she "loved" Sean while on the show, now she just loves his fiancée! Sean's pal Jeremy Anderson, who was on The Bachelorette Season 4, is also in the wedding.
The Wedding Was Originally Supposed to Be Summer 2013
Sean and Catherine were super busy livin' the life in LA after The Bachelor, and had to push their wedding back. "Probably not during summer,” Sean told Wetpaint Entertainment in spring 2013. “Doing Dancing With the Stars has made things so crazy. We just haven’t had time to figure it out yet." They confirmed their January 26, 2014 wedding date during a GMA appearance.
Catherine Was in Charge of the Details
Sean can't wait for his wedding, but there's no denying that Catherine is holding the reins. "When she wants my opinion I'll give my opinion, but I know the wedding's all about the woman," Sean says. Sigh, what a guy. We can't wait to see how her great taste and style manifested in the final look of the wedding!
Their Save the Dates Are the Best Thing of All Time
Zeitgeist references, bear costumes, and hilarious copy? Somebody has a sense of humor! Or, two somebodies, that is. If their relationship is anything like this perfect piece of history, it's going to be the best wedding and love of all time.
They Didn't Start Planning Until SUPER Late!
Despite the fact that they had been engaged for months (which is basically a lifetime in Bachelor Land), Catherine said in May 2013 that she and Sean “haven’t started planning the wedding yet.” But never fear, neatniks! With tons of money on their side, SeanCat had plenty of dough to pay the piper when it came down to it, and we're sure their wedding planners were boss.
Sean and Catherine Are Getting Big Bucks to Televise Their Nuptials
While the wedding itself is paid for, Sean and Catherine are also getting paid six figures for the wedding special. A source said that they're getting "roughly the same amount" as Ashley and J.P. did for their wedding. Will that amount be closer to 100K or 999K? We don't know, but with their star power, we're thinking it's on the mid to high side of things.
They Registered With a Charity
They love stuff and things, but they love people even more. For one of their biggest registries, they've asked that fans and friends give to Micaela's Army Foundation, an organization raising money for kids with cancer. They'd also like some duvets.
Their Wedding Rings Will Be Custom Designed
Sean and Catherine met with Neil Lane to design their wedding, and he says they were "very involved" in the rings' design. Both rings will have custom inscriptions on the platinum bands, and Catherine's will have diamonds embedded as well.
Catherine's Wedding Dress Will Likely Be Monique Lhullier
We don't know for sure what her dress will look like, but ABC shot a bunch of footage of her trying on dresses at the Monique Lhullier bridal boutique, so we're thinking she must have found something she loved at the gorgeous couture shop.
What else do you want to know? Tell us and we'll find out for ya.