ABC News reported that the entire audience on The Price Is Right on Friday was made up of engaged couples, and they were all married by Drew Carey. The 56-year-old host performed a mass wedding that was taped earlier this year. Everyone came to the audience of CBS’s The Price is Right as a single person, but everyone left married.
People magazine recounted that at the end of the final showcase, host Drew Carey did something that had never been done on the show before. Carey read the usual words in a traditional wedding. Then the entire group said in unison, “I do!”
Carey told Entertainment Tonight that everything went off without a hitch. He added that he had forgotten he had to personally sign every wedding certificate. He laughed and said, “That was a pain; there were so many of them.” The host emphasized that this was not just a gimmick for television, but the contestants are legally married.
E! Online indicated that Carey was authorized to legally officiate the wedding because he got ordained on the internet just for the occasion. That means he was temporarily ordained for that particular event only. As soon as he pronounced all couples married and signed the marriage certificates, his authorization expired.
The Price is Right executive producer Mike Richards says this audience was full of longtime couples who were looking for a unique place to get married without the expense of a wedding. Family and friends were able to watch the wedding on television. These couple had bragging rights of saying they got married on television, and the ceremony was performed by Drew Carey.
Carey thought the whole thing was exciting.
“It’s kind of a crazy thing. There’s probably like 50 couples or something that can say they got married on The Price is Right, so that’s kind of cool.”
Mass weddings have been done by celebrities on television before. Queen Latifah got ordained just to perform a mass wedding for 33 couples at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards that aired on CBS on Sunday, January 26, 2014. The couples got married at the end of the show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Steve Harvey got ordained to officiate a mass wedding for 50 couples on his Valentine’s Day show that aired on February 10, 2014.
Like Carey, Queen Latifah and Harvey’s authorization to officiate weddings expired as soon as they signed the marriage certificates. If they want to officiate another wedding, they must apply again. Ordained ministers, judges, and others already authorized to perform weddings do not have to go through the process each time they perform a wedding.
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