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Gerry & Theresa’s Golden Bachelor Wedding Will Be Televised

They’re bringing back a long-lost franchise tradition.

Gerry and Theresa on 'The Golden Bachelor.' Photo via ABC
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Several fans predicted Gerry Turner wouldn’t get engaged or married after his time on The Golden Bachelor. But as this season has proved time and time again, theories don’t always pan out the way we expect. Not only did Gerry and Theresa Nist get engaged during the Nov. 30 finale, but they announced plans to get married very soon.

During the live After the Final Rose special, Gerry shared that he and Theresa were moving forward with their nuptials at a fast pace. “We’re going to do it as quickly as we can, because at our age, we don’t have a lot of time to waste,” he teased. “So, yeah, as quickly as we can put together a wedding plan, we’re getting married.”

Gerry & Theresa’s Wedding Date

Just how quickly is that, exactly? Jesse Palmer probably would have been happy to marry Gerry and Theresa right on stage. (And hey, he’s done it before!) But while the couple’s wedding will happen soon, it won’t happen tomorrow.

The Bachelor Nation host revealed that Gerry and Theresa’s wedding will air on ABC on Thursday, Jan. 4 — aka, the same night you’re already used to watching Gerry’s journey anyway. This isn’t a pre-taped Kourtney-Travis wedding special moment, though, because it will actually air live.

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Hello, Honeymoon

During After the Final Rose, Jesse also presented Gerry and Theresa with a romantic getaway to Italy — which Gerry said was “convenient,” because they’ll use it as their honeymoon. (Keep an eye on those socials for the inevitable travel snaps.)

A Bachelor Nation Tradition Returns

If you’ve been following Bachelor Nation for a while, you know the franchise has dabbled in televised weddings before. In fact, Trista and Ryan Sutter (the first Bachelorette couple) got married 20 years ago in their own ABC special.

Payton Young, Angie Warner, Gerry Turner, Theresa Nist, Jenny Young, and Charlie Young

It makes sense that Gerry is eager to bring the tradition back for The Golden Bachelor, especially because Trista’s advice — not to look for the woman he could live with, but the woman he couldn’t live without — turned out to be pivotal in selecting Theresa as his final rose recipient.

What better way to honor his Bachelor Nation forebears?