8 Things You'll See at Every 'Bachelor' Wedding

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"The Bachelor" weddings are like meteor showers — they occur once in a great while. But one is happening soon! Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudice, who got engaged during the 17th season of "The Bachelor," will be the fourth couple in the show's 12-year history to tie the knot in televised nuptials on ABC. And while the couple's January 26 wedding will be a tad different from the rest — Lowe is preserving his virginity until his wedding night — there are some unmistakable hallmarks of a "Bachelor" wedding. Here are eight you'll be sure to spot:

The wedding promo is usually described as, "The most romantic event ever" and "A magical day to remember."

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Insensitive references to the women who have visited "The Fantasy Suite" with the groom. Exhibit A: At Jason Mesnik's 2010 nuptials, one his guests made a joke about how Mesnik had initially proposed to another "Bachelor" contestant before changing his mind and choosing Molly.

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The couple's first dance is always set to awful ballads by Gavin DeGraw or Josh Groban.

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The guest list rivals a casting call of "Bachelor Pad." Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez (seated at different tables), Michelle Money and both of Emily Maynard's ex-boyfriends — Jef Holm and Luyendyk Jr. — in attendance.

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A totally delusional explanation for why viewers will be tuning in. It usually involves misguided statements like, "People are invested in our relationship" and "America has been waiting for this."

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A former Bachelor or Bachelorette trying to hog the spotlight in order to relive their five minutes of fame. Examples: At Ashley and JP's wedding, former "Bachelor" Jason and his then-pregnant wife, Molly, sat for an on-camera interview to discuss baby names. And at the Mesnik wedding, during his toast to the newlyweds, former "Bachelorette" contestent Ryan Sutter began reminiscing about his own wedding decor ("Some would say it was a little bit overboard on the pink," he chuckled).

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A dubious insistence from the couple that they have "complete and total say" in their million-dollar PR-controlled wedding day. Despite rumors that ABC strong-armed Sean and Catherine into inviting Sean's ex Desiree Hartsock to their wedding, the gesture was totally genuine — right?

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That awkward moment where Chris Harrison (ever the officiant) asks if anyone objects to the wedding (bonus points if the camera zooms in on the bride or groom's ex).

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