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Report: ABC trying to fill Jason Mesnick wedding with 'Bachelor' alums

By Christopher Rocchio, 02/03/2010 

ABC is reportedly taking drastic steps to ensure viewers see plenty of familiar faces during Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney's wedding special.

"ABC is basically controlling the guest list, and they're inviting former Bachelors that Molly and Jason don't even know," a source told In Touch Weekly in a Wednesday report.

Dubbed The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding, the two-hour special 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 source told In Touch that ABC wants to turn the wedding into a "Bachelor reunion" and added  Malaney is "fine" with the network controlling the guest list for the ceremony, which ABC is believed to be paying for as as part of its broadcast deal with The Bachelor couple.  (Back in 2003, first-season The Bachelorette couple Trista and Ryan Sutter were paid a million dollars for their wedding.)

However Malaney reportedly isn't as okay with the network inviting Melissa Rycroft -- who Mesnick originally chose during The Bachelor's final thirteenth-season Rose Ceremony before dumping her on-air in favor of Malaney during the subsequent After the Final Rose special.

"She's not especially thrilled about Melissa attending her wedding, because she thinks it will turn into a circus," the source told In Touch.

In addition to Rycroft, DeAnna Pappas -- who dumped Mesnick at the end of her 2008 edition of The Bachelorette -- has also been invited and plans on attending.

"I'll be there with my boyfriend, Stephen," she told In Touch. "I am so happy that Jason found Molly, as they really are the perfect couple."

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison recently stated that "many of our old favorites will be back and involved in the wedding," however exact identities have yet to be revealed.

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