Bachelor alum Sean Lowe and his bride-to-be Catherine Giudici announced to the world on Good Morning America on Monday, October 14 that they would be walking down the aisle on January 26, 2014 live on ABC.
Sean and Catherine told Wetpaint Entertainment and other news outlets at The Knot Gala on October 14 that while they have a few wedding details squared away, they’ve still got a lot to accomplish before the big day.
Check out what the lovely couple had to say about the wedding details they’ve already made (including the cake), if there’s a chance to see their pups in the wedding, and if there will be commercials during their live wedding ceremony.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Are there any wedding details that you’ve finalized and what are you still working on?
Catherine Giudici: We have a lot to do. Pretty much the first checklist was announcing the date — so we did that today. Other than that, we’ve really only solidified what we want for the cakes.
Sean Lowe: Starting small. We’ve got the cakes. We’ve got the guest list too … bridesmaids, groomsmen — that kind of thing. But we’ve got our work cut out for us because we were just notified that it is 104 days away, so we have a lot of planning to do in a short period of time.
Will we see any Bachelor Nation alums in the bridal party?
Catherine: Yes, Lesley Murphy is going to be a bridesmaid.
Sean: No groomsmen, but there will be plenty in attendance.
What made you know that you were ready to pick a date?
Catherine: We’ve had the date for a little bit.
Sean: I think we’ve been ready for a long time. Part of it is when you have a wedding on TV, you have to sync it up with what the television network wants. They thought January 26 was the best day for them. We could have probably done it earlier, but I think the 26th will be a great day.
Can you tell us how many guests you’re expecting?
Catherine: We’ll probably have under 150 guests, maybe.
Sean: It will be fairly small.
Any details about the cake that you can tell us?
Catherine: It will be pretty good. And then the cake, it will probably be a little non-traditional. We’re not prissy people, so we’re probably not going to have everything very meticulous. I just want it to be delicious and that’s all I care about.
Sean: She asked for my input and I said I just wanted to have fun at the reception because it’s a party with her family and my family coming together. So I think we’re going to have a lot of elements of fun at the reception, including the cake. The ceremony will be classical and traditional and all that stuff, but the reception will just be a big party.
Will Chris Harrison be officiating the wedding?
Sean: No, he will not be. I can’t say who’s going to officiate the wedding just yet, but Harrison will be there and he’ll interview us and all that stuff, but he won’t officiate.
As much as you guys love your puppies, is there any chance we’ll see them in the ceremony?
Sean: We’re not the cheesy couple that has to include our dogs, but we have talked about it. They are a big part of the family. If we can figure out a cool way to implement them, we will.
What was behind the decision to do the wedding live instead of taping it?
Sean: That was the network’s decision, but we’re on board for it because it’s never been done in the Bachelor franchise before. I think it’s cool, people will feel like they’re at the wedding. And in previous weddings, the paparazzi has spoiled a few things in the past, so they won’t have the opportunity this time, so I think it’ll be cool.
Any tips for people just getting engaged and where they can start?
Catherine: Something that is really important to us is not only focusing on the wedding date, but the marriage. That’s what we’ve taken ahold of more so than the wedding, I think. Just make sure, brides and grooms, that you know who you’re marrying and that you focus on after the wedding and not just the date.
Sean: Wise words.
Since you guys have been doing the distance thing for a while, how do you keep the romance alive?
Sean: We go on a lot of date nights and we spend so much time together, but we always try to go out of our way to have special one-on-one time. We went to the Texas State Fair last week, just the two of us, it was a lot of fun — we just like to spend quality time together like that.
Will there be commercials during the wedding since it’s live?
Sean: That is a question not for us, I don’t know.
Catherine: Yes, probably.
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