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'Bachelorette' couple Jilllian Harris, Ed Swiderski eyeing TV wedding


By Christopher Rocchio, 02/22/2010 

Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski are considering the possibility of inviting The Bachelor and The Bachelorette viewers to their wedding by turning it into a televised special.

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"We're going to use [Molly Malaney] and [Jason Mesnick] as a guinea pig, we're going to see how that goes down," Swiderski told Us Weekly. "We've gotten to know those guys."

Mesnick and Malaney's wedding will be televised on The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding, a two-hour special that will air on Monday, March 8 at 8PM ET/PT and include footage of Malaney's bridal gown fitting, the couple's discussions with their wedding planner and event designers, their bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the actual ceremony.

The only other The Bachelor or The Bachelorette couple to actually wed are The Bachelorette first-season couple Trista and Ryan Sutter, who also had their December 2003 wedding ceremony televised on ABC.

"I talked to Trista, and I expected after all those years she'd say it was a pain in the ass, but no, this is incredible, she said it was the best in her life," Harris told Us.

"Then I thought well the franchise has changed a bit since Trista's day. But then Molly was like it's been an incredible experience so far, and it's been really easy on her."

While Harris said her wedding to Swiderski could "potentially" be filmed, she added that "there are no cameras" present when she dreams of the big day.

"Then there's the more practical side of me that knows when I have to start writing those checks to put the deposit down on things -- and I think a lot of people don't realize we didn't make any money on the show. He did not make a dollar," she told Us.

"I'm really practical with money, and I think it's super irresponsible to throw yourself into even $20,000 in debt, and you know you can spend $20,000 on a wedding. So then that's when I'm like babe, maybe we should do this whole televised wedding thing."

Swiderski proposed to Harris after she selected him during The Bachelorette's final fifth-season Rose Ceremony, which was filmed in Hawaii in late May.

While the couple planned to announce their wedding date during The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love premiere in early January, they subsequently changed their mind because they were "worried about how the announcement would have affected their personal life," according to ABC.

The couple still hasn't gone public with a date.

"I feel bad that we don't have anything to report, but it really is legitimate. I think people think that we have this big secret hidden away. Some days we think let's just get married right now, I think we're ready, we know that we're the one for each other," Harris explained to Us.

"But I think it's that we feel like we rushed so much, and I feel like a lot of the reason why we were trying to hit a certain date was because of our family and friends and fans, and I think we realized wait, our whole relationship has moved so fast because of outside forces. We just were like we need to take this into our own hands and move at the pace we want to."

Swiderski said he wants the wedding to be "real."

"We've gone through such an accelerated process that we at least want to do it right," he told Us. "We want our families to enjoy it, we don't want to rush anything else, we're really happy where we're at, and we want to take the time to do it right."

Harris and Swiderski also weighed in on Vienna Girardi and Tenley Molzahn --  the two remaining bachelorettes vying for Jake Pavelka's heart on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.

"I've always thought Tenley was a good person for [Jake]," Harris told Us, with Swiderski calling them a "perfect couple."

"They're both religious, they're both praying to end up together," he added. "But who knows. Maybe Vienna is a better person than she's being portrayed."

(Photo credit ABC)


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